Mo’s early rise for dou­ble dream


Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By BEN LLOYD

MO FARAH dragged him­self out of bed at 6am to move a step closer to the dou­ble-dou­ble by cruis­ing through his 5,000 me­tres heat.

The Brit – who ad­mit­ted he was “not a morn­ing per­son” – con­served as much en­ergy as pos­si­ble with Fri­day’s fi­nal in mind, eas­ing up on the last lap to come home safe in fifth place.

Farah, who claimed 10,000m gold on Satur­day, is look­ing to be­come only the sec­ond man ever – af­ter Ethiopian great Ke­nenisa Bekele – to win both long-dis­tance ti­tles at the Olympics and the Worlds.

Af­ter his heat he said: “I just wanted to do as lit­tle work as pos­si­ble to be fresh in the legs, ready for the fi­nal and I did that.

“I’ve been rest­ing up since the 10,000m. This is just the pre­lims and it’s al­ways go­ing to feel harder as you’ve got to get up in the morn­ing.

“I’m not a morn­ing per­son and I had to get up this morn­ing at six o’clock. You’ve got to get it out of the way and get to the fi­nal.”

Chris­tine Ohu­ruogu re­vealed a gold medal was NOT her main tar­get af­ter win­ning the 400m.

The 29-year-old is now a twotime win­ner of the event af­ter clock­ing a time of 49.41secs and break­ing Kathy Cook’s Bri­tish record.

And it was that land­mark she claims she was chas­ing more than the gold.

“I needed to aim for some­thing re­ally, re­ally high,” she said. “It’s a great achieve­ment.

“Ev­ery medal, ev­ery win has a story be­hind it, but this one is spe­cial be­cause it is a record.

“It was the record I was af­ter more than a win.”


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