Super Mo makes history with ‘triple double’
Mo Farah became the first man to win back- to- back world distance doubles when he stormed to 5,000 meters victory at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on Saturday.
The Briton, rocked this season by doping allegations against his coach, put the row behind him as he produced a devastating final 80 meters to romp home in 13 minutes, 50.38 seconds.
Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, in 13: 51.75, held on for silver after making a valiant break with 800 meters to run. Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet took bronze.
The victory for Farah, who won the 10,000 meters on the opening weekend, seals a unique “triple double” of distance titles at consecutive world championships and the London Olympics.
“Tonight I had to dig deep, it came down to the last 100 meters,” said Farah, 32. “I felt a bit tired going through the rounds and coming back again.
“It’s difficult as everybody has got great speed and there are a lot of guys capable of winning. They went for it. The important thing was to win the race and I did that!”
Farah’s victory gave him an unprecedented seventh successive distance win at world championships and Olympics, stretching back to his 5,000 me-
ters gold at Daegu in 2011.
Bolt Wins World Treble
with Relay Gold
Usain Bolt capped a memorable world championships by winning a third gold medal on Saturday as anchor of the Jamaican 4x100 meters relay team, while fierce rivals the United States were disqualified.
Bolt ran the final leg of the relay at a packed Bird’s Nest stadium, hurtling through the line in 37.36 seconds after teammates Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade had successfully got the baton around.
The victory gave Bolt his 11th world gold medal — the only one missing from his collection being the 100 meters in the 2011 Daegu worlds when he was disqualified after a false start.
The U.S. quartet of 100-meter bronze and silver medallists Trayvon Bromell and Justin Gatlin, and fellow finalists Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers were initially awarded silver but later disqualified.
China, headed by individual 100-meters finalist Bingtian Su, delighted the home crowd when they were upgraded to a shock silver in 38.01 seconds while Canada were awarded bronze (38.13).
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win for the Jamaican team the final of the men’s 4x100 meters relay athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on August 29.