Sir Mo Farah on winning the London 10000 and Eliud Kipchoge's 1:59 attempt

  • Kobe Tong

There’s something about the 10,000 metres that brings the very best out of Sir Mo Farah.

Defeat to the remarkable Eliud Kipchoge in the London Marathon was no slight on the Brit, but he will have been delighted to return to top spot on home soil this weekend.

Less than a day after cheering along the crowds at the Vitality Westminster Mile, Farah pulled on the same red strip with which he contested the marathon and quickly gobbled up the kilometres.

Former winner Andrew Butchart was the biggest threat to Farah during the race, but there was also a plucky performance from Nick Goolab, who held strong during the opening 5km.

However, three runners quickly became two after the halfway mark and in the words of Farah himself: ‘with two kilometres to go, I just put my foot down and took off.’

Farah wins the London 10,000

It’s pretty hard to argue with that description and Butchart – who is notoriously hard to beat – couldn’t help but shrug his shoulders and admit that Farah was the better man on the day.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT after his victory, Farah remarked: “The race went well. Today was littered with difficulty because the boys were going hard and everyone here is going well.

“Andy Butchart took on the race a bit and tried to get rid of me at a certain point, but I got stuck in.”

Did he consider a track return?

Going into the race, Farah had flirted with the idea of reversing his track retirement and contesting the 10,000m at this summer’s Anniversary Games in London.

However, having freshly contested the very same distance on the road, the 36-year-old reiterated that his track career was a closed book and that the marathon remained his primary focus.

“I’ve had a great track career,” Farah reflected. “But it’s so easy to make that decision and say: ‘I want to go back on the track’ but I didn’t get feeling when I was training for the track.

“But when I see me fellow athletes, like Butchart, you are tempted but the key is to think realistically about your goals. What do I want to achieve? What is my aim?

“And my aim is the marathon, so I don’t want to overdo it.”

Next up: Chicago Marathon

Farah has confirmed that he will contest the Chicago Marathon later this year, the sight of his first major victory over 26.2 miles and also the race that brought out his personal best.

It seems harsh to criticise the British legend when his times, for someone so new to the marathon, are still fantastic, but he remains comfortably short of the great Kipchoge.

And while Farah looks to defend his title in America, the very man who defeated him in London will be attempting to run the first ever sub-two hour marathon for the second time.

Reaction to Kipchoge’s 1:59 attempt

“I’m excited, to be honest with you,” Farah admitted when asked about the event. “It’s nice to have someone else doing that and giving us hope to say that a human can go under two hours.

“It’s a great thing for the sport and if he does that, it’s the same thing as looking back at Roger Bannister. Wow. And then it became a piece of cake then, everyone was running was sub-four minutes! 

“And I think it’s similar in the marathon. I run 2:05, so I’m miles away. So if he can do it, then it gives us the potential and the hope.”

Whenever the British public see Farah running on home soil, their minds are cast back to that glorious summer of 2012 and ‘Super Saturday’ in particular. 

The athletics legend may now have turned his focus to the marathon, but the fact he continues to contest events like the London 10k is a true privilege for the fans that adore him.

We know that Farah won’t be ending his love affair with the 10k anytime soon. He is, after all, just too damn brilliant. 

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