Athletics

Farah takes gold at World Championships

Farah crosses the line in first place  (©GettyImages)
Farah crosses the line in first place (©GettyImages).

British track and field star Mo Farah, clinched the gold medal in the men's 10,000m event at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Saturday.

The athlete was pushed all the way but ultimately took a well-executed victory to carry on where he left off at last year's London Olympic Games. 

The Somali-born 30-year-old clocked 27min and 21.72secs in his first major outing since his victory in the British capital over the 25-lap race.

The victory by the Briton means this was the first time a Kenyan or Ethiopian has not won the event since the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki in 1983, when Italian Alberto Cova claimed victory.

Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia who out sprinted Farah for the title in Deagu two years back, won silver with a time of 27min and 22.23sec, while Kenyan Paul Tanui who set the pace early came in third to settle for the bronze medal with a time of 27min and 22.61sec. 

With the disappointing experience of losing to Jeilan in Deagu still fresh in his mind, Farah was extremely careful and held off a run by Jeilan this time around to clinch the top position ahead of the Ethiopian.

Kenyan Paul Tanui took up the early running, with Farah sitting 30 metres away at the back of the peloton for the opening laps. 

After six laps, Farah floated effortlessly to the front of the pack, quickly overtaken by Ethiopians Abera Kuma and Imane Merga who both placed fifth and third respectively in Daegu two years ago. They were closely followed by Tanui and his teammate Kenneth Kipkemoi.

Halfway through the race, Farah again made a move up the field, and with eight laps to go, he was sitting in second with Tanui and Kuma still shouldering the pace-setting work. Farah slid gratefully into his slipstream as the leading pack bunched in anticipation of an accelerating burst from someone in the field.

The 14-man lead pack was led through 21 laps by Farah, all elbows and eyes down to avert straying spikes in the hustle and bustle of a delicately-measured race. Kenyan Bedan Karoki Muchiri was on his shoulder with Galen Rupp, Farah's training partner in third. American Dathan Ritzenheim suddenly sprinted to the front.

Farah was forced out wide to regain his place up front as the pace increased and went through the bell ahead of a five-man strong group. The Briton had a straight run down the far stretch, but Jeilan made his move with 250 metres to go. 

But there was not to be a repeat of Daegu as Farah, with gritted teeth and in excellent form, held on and maintained his resilience through the finish line for the gold medal.

The victory no doubt is a well deserved one for the respected Brit. Way to go Mo

 

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