Mo Farah cap­tures tenth suc­ces­sive global ti­tle

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He won his tenth suc­ces­sive global ti­tle win­ning the 10,000m world crown at the Lon­don Sta­dium where he won Olympic gold in 2012

Lon­don, UK - Bri­tish ath­let­ics leg­end Mo Farah won his tenth suc­ces­sive global ti­tle on Fri­day win­ning the 10,000m 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 5,000m 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.

"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."

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.

Dou­ble hopes en­dan­gered

Farah's hopes of win­ning his third suc­ces­sive world cham­pi­onship dis­tance dou­ble could be in jeop­ardy af­ter re­quir­ing med­i­cal treat­ment fol­low­ing Fri­day's win.

The So­ma­lia-born run­ner, who prior to Fri­day's vic­tory had racked up two Olympic and world dou­bles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the bat­ter­ing he had taken but still cur­tailed me­dia com­mit­ments so he could be at­tended to by med­i­cal staff.

"I am hurt, I just have to be strong now and see the doc­tors," said Farah. "I've got a few cuts and bruises, per­haps I will need a few stitches, I need to re­cover and get ready, I've got enough days" be­fore the 5,000m heats which are on Wed­nes­day and the fi­nal on Satur­day.

Farah though re­jected no­tions that the spik­ing was de­lib­er­ate.

"I've got such a long stride I don't blame any­one," he said.

"I re­called how I went down in Rio (in the 10,000m af­ter which he got up to win). I got caught twice and I was think­ing 'I can't go down I can't go down'."

Farah, whose as­so­ci­a­tion with con­tro­ver­sial coach Al­berto Salazar has been a source of dis­quiet, ad­mit­ted the 'surg­ing' tac­tics used by pri­mar­ily the Kenyan and Ugan­dan ath­letes - up­ping the pace then re­duc­ing it so he couldn't get into his rhythm - had forced him to dig deep.

"It was one of the tough­est races in my life," said Farah.

"The guys gave it to me, it was like 'how do we beat Mo?' again.

"You had the Ethiopi­ans, the Kenyans, the Ugan­dans, they worked as a team to­gether against me. I just had to stay strong, I was just think­ing that I can't lose in my home town."

Farah, who was win­ning in the same sta­dium where he won Olympic gold in 2012 and is yet to be beaten there, said his con- fi­dence grew hav­ing weath­ered the ear­lier storm in the race.

"At some point in the mid­dle of the race I didn't think I was go­ing to lose, but I thought 'this is tough'," said Farah.

Farah ran to his fam­ily - his wife Ta­nia and four chil­dren - af­ter he had won and pulled them from the crowd so they could join him on his lap of hon­our.

"That was a special mo­ment for me," said Farah.

"I miss spend­ing time with them. To have my fam­ily on the track is very special."


Bri­tain's Mo Farah cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the men's 10,000m race in Lon­don on Fri­day

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