Farah cap­tures 10th suc­ces­sive ti­tle

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LON­DON: British ath­let­ics leg­end Mo Farah won his 10th suc­ces­sive global ti­tle on Fri­day win­ning the 10,000 me­tres world crown at the Lon­don Sta­dium where he won Olympic gold in 2012. The 34-year-old, who will bid to add a third suc­ces­sive world dou­ble in the 5000m later in the cham­pi­onships, had a nar­row es­cape from dis­as­ter on the fi­nal lap when he was clipped twice but some­how kept his bal­ance to pre­vail. Ugan­dan young­ster Joshua Chep­tegei of Uganda took sil­ver and Paul Tanui of Kenya claimed bronze with Farah hav­ing once again foiled their re­spec­tive na­tions’ tac­tics.

“It makes me proud to be British. It’s been a long jour­ney, it’s been in­cred­i­ble,” said Farah who was ac­com­pa­nied by his fam­ily on a lap of hon­our. “It’s been hard but I’m just men­tally strong I guess.” He added: “It was amaz­ing tonight, I had to get my head around it. I got a bit emo­tional at the start and then I just had to get in the zone. It has all been amaz­ing.

“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there I knew it was go­ing to be tough. It was about be­liev­ing in my sprint fin­ish and know­ing that I have been in that po­si­tion be­fore. It helped a lot hav­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence.” The Ugan­dans and the Kenyans de­ployed their strat­egy of ‘surg­ing’ with them al­ter­nat­ing the lead pace so as not to al­low Farah to get into a rhythm. Two-time world cross-coun­try cham­pion Ge­of­frey Kam­woror took up the pace with over 21 laps to run-Farah was sev­enth from the back but look­ing com­fort­able.

Kam­woror ex­changed the lead with Chep­tegei, the 20-year-old per­form­ing the same role as he had in the Olympic fi­nal in Rio. Farah moved along in around 12th as Kam­woror and com­pa­triot Tanui in­jected more pace up front and the trio of Ethiopi­ans loomed large on the scene. How­ever, Farah de­cided with 14 laps re­main­ing to show them he was un­af­fected by their tac­tics ac­cel­er­at­ing down the fin­ish­ing straight to briefly head the field.

The Kenyans re­sumed their con­trol up front soon af­ter­wards and upped the pace record­ing a lap of 61 sec­onds with the Ugan­dans tucked in be­hind them and Farah 11th. How­ever, each time they thought they had him on the ropes Farah also sped up although Kam­woror de­lib­er­ately slowed it down record­ing a lap of 67 sec­onds. With nine laps to go the pace set­ting was taken up by young Eritrean Aron Ki­fle but de­spite the con­stant chang­ing of pace Farah de­spite be­ing el­bowed looked com­fort­able.

With 2000m to the tape Chep­tegei led the field but was then passed by the fastest man in the world this year Ethiopian Abadi Hadis, who looked in omi­nously good shape. With two laps to go Farah moved up to the shoul­der of Hadis, pass­ing him down the back straight, and as the bell rang he looked up at the big screen to see how his ri­vals were be­hind him.

De­spite the two clip­pings Farah held his nerve and was able to re­pel one fi­nal chal­lenge from the re­lent­less Chep­tegei to cross the line with fire­works go­ing off to cel­e­brate his feat. Prior to the race Farah had come onto the track wav­ing his arms in the air urg­ing the spec­ta­tors to up the vol­ume.

In­tro­duced as they lined up for the start to the crowd they re­sponded with a deaf­en­ing roar-but noth­ing com­pared to what greeted their cham­pion as he crossed the line in glory half an hour later. — AFP


LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Mo Farah wins the fi­nal of the men’s 10,000m ath­let­ics event at the 2017 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships at the Lon­don Sta­dium in Lon­don on Fri­day.

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