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Mo Farah storms to 10,000m gold despite nearly falling on the last lap to secure thrilling victory to set London 2017 alight

 

Farah produced a tactical masterclass to see off the challenge of his rivals and secure his sixth world title

British hero Farah was a class apart as he held off the challenge of a host of rivals to storm to victory to the delights of the 50,000 home crowd.

Mo Farah claims the other runners wanted to stop him winning the 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships in London

Special effects greeted Farah coming home to take the gold

Special effects greeted Farah coming home to take the gold

Mo Farah was the golden boy yet again for Britain

Mo Farah was the golden boy yet again for Britain

Mo Farah celebrates with his family after winning a sixth world title

Mo Farah celebrates with his family after winning a sixth world title

The 34-year-old was the man the rest of the competitors feared and they did everything they could to try to upset the rhythm of the four-time Olympic champion.

Working almost in teams they made quick breaks and then slowed the pace in order to chop Farah out of his stride.

But the Londoner refused to be bullied and decided to take matters into his own hands when he made his first kick for home by taking the lead 650m out.

He refused to be headed despite repeated attempts to overtake him – and then suffered a huge scare when he was tripped coming round the penultimate bend on the final lap.

But Farah somehow managed to keep his balance – and the lead – as the noise levels inside the stadium reached deafening levels going into the final bend.

As they entered the home straight Farah dug deep and kicked again, finally breaking the resistance of his rivals to cross the line to wild celebration.

Farah nearly tripped over twice on the final lap but still managed to retain his composure to win

Farah nearly tripped over twice on the final lap but still managed to retain his composure to win

Farah somehow stayed on his feet without losing his place in the lead

Farah somehow stayed on his feet without losing his place in the lead

Mo Farah kisses the track at the London Stadium after his 10,000m world title run

Mo Farah kisses the track at the London Stadium after his 10,000m world title run

The whole Farah family do the Mo-bot in celebration

The whole Farah family do the Mo-bot in celebration

His time of 26mins 49.51secs was the fasted in the world this year as Farah proved why he is up there among the all-time legends of track and field.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei came home second with Paul Kipngetich Tanui taking the bronze.

Not since he was beaten into silver in the 2011 World Championships 10,000m has Farah lost a major final – an astonishing TEN straight gold medals in Worlds and Olympics.

“I didn’t want to let the people down. I love this stadium.

“This crowd makes me proud to be British.

“I just wanted to play with the guy’s head. It wasn’t an easy race though. It has been a long journey where I have worked very hard on long distance but also speed.

Mo Farah stayed composed despite a series of breaks from his opponents

Mo Farah stayed composed despite a series of breaks from his opponents

And on this form it would take a brave person to bet against him completing yet another double when he goes for gold again in the 5,000m next week.

Farah admitted that he came close to falling over on the final lap, but said there was no way he was going to see his world come crashing down.

He said: “I wasn’t going to go down.

Mo Farah savours his moment of glory in front of an ecstatic home crowd

Mo Farah savours his moment of glory in front of an ecstatic home crowd

 

“But what a way to end my career in London. This was very special.

“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there I knew it was going to be tough. It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before. It helped a lot having that experience.

“That was a special moment for me. I miss spending time with them (my family). To have my family on the track is very special.

“Anything is possible if you train hard.”

 

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/athletics/4174384/mo-farah-storms-to-10000m-gold-with-thrilling-victory-to-set-london-2017-alight/

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