Mo Farah keeps Beijing double dream at World Championships alive

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Mo Farah survived another last-lap trip to keep his bid for the long-distance double on course at the World Championships in Beijing.

The 32-year-old swept into the final of the 5,000 metres, but there was another heart-in-mouth moment with around 150m to go, four days after he almost hit the track after a tangle of legs in his gold medal-winning run in the 10,000m.

Farah regained his balance and recovered to cross the line in second place in his heat in 13 minutes 19.44 seconds, 0.06secs behind Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha, to book his place in Saturday's final.


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"I nearly went down - again. I hope it doesn't become third time bad luck," said Farah, who will be joined in the final by team-mate Tom Farrell, who finished fourth in his heat in 13:45.29, and American training partner Galen Rupp.

"Somebody caught my leg. I've got a long stride, it's the way I run," he added.

"I don't blame anyone, but even in training sometimes my training partners catch my leg which is why I sometimes have to be on the front or the back, or stay on the outside.

"I felt all right, I felt good. I have to recover now and get ready.

"It's been an amazing team spirit, incredible. It brings back 'Super Saturday' with myself, Jess and Greg."

London 2012 champions Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford have followed in Farah's footsteps in striking gold at the Bird's Nest stadium, Rutherford becoming the latest to do so with his long jump victory on Tuesday night.

"I was at the hotel cheering him on," said Farah, who has not lost his focus in spite of the doping allegations swirling around his coach Alberto Salazar as he bids for a historic hat-trick of long-distance doubles at global championships.

Rutherford's success saw him achieve a feat even the six-time global gold medallist has not managed, though, as he got his hands on the full set of major titles at the same time.

"I've got to take my hat off to Jess and Mo," said Rutherford, who revealed he had missed his baby son Milo's first steps during his time away from home.

"She's just come back a year after giving birth, poor Mo's had an absolute torrent of abuse all year, they both go out and become world champions again. And then the ginger one from 'Super Saturday' goes out and does it again as well."

Elsewhere on Wednesday morning, Lynsey Sharp looked good in cruising through the heats of the 800m, finishing second to Marina Arzamasova of Belarus in a season's best 1:58.98.

She said: "I knew being first heat it would be fast and I just had to cover any moves anyone made. I knew there were a couple of girls who would take it out hard, so I just covered everything and felt good."

Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Jenny Meadows joined her in the final, the former finishing third in her heat in 2:01.72 and the latter going through as a fastest loser in 2:00.70.

Lawrence Clarke scraped through as the final qualifier in the 110m hurdles after coming home fifth in his heat in 13.61, but Ireland's Ben Reynolds went out.

Sophie Hitchon qualified for the hammer final in eighth place with 71.07m.

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