World Athletics Championships: Mo Farah completed 'double-double' with 5,000m win

By Graeme Mair.   Last Updated: 17/08/13 8:21am

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Britain's Mo Farah defended his 5,000 metres title at the World Championships to complete the long-distance 'double-double'.

Farah's win in a time of 13 minutes 26.98 seconds gives him the full set of 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the World Championships and Olympic Games, only the second man after Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to achieve the feat.

The 30-year-old, six days after winning the 10,000m crown, hit the front in the back straight of the penultimate lap and held off his rivals to claim his fifth global title in the last three years.

Kenya's Isiah Kiplangat Koech appeared Farah's most likely challenger for much of the race, twice making unsuccessful attempts to break clear.

"It's something I've worked so hard for and all I was thinking about was my kids and how much time I have been away from them."
Mo Farah

But Farah, who said afterwards he had overcome an early stitch, covered those moves before producing his familiar long run for home.

He dropped to his knees after crossing the line to kiss the track at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and then embraced coach Alberto Salazar.

Koech, who got onto Farah's shoulder coming into the home straight, had to settle for bronze after losing out in a photo finish with Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet. Both were given the same time of 13mins 27.26s.


"It's something I've worked so hard for and all I was thinking about was my kids and how much time I have been away from them," said Farah.

"And all the hard work I have put in so I wasn't going to let that go. It's very difficult. They (his twin baby daughters) are growing so fast and I haven't been around for the last four or five months.

"They don't really recognise me so I'm looking forward to spending time with them."

Farah, who broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old British record for 1,500m earlier in the season, plans to step up in distance next year and make his marathon debut in London.

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