Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Two legends of athletics to light up London stadium

Two legends of athletics to light up London stadium

Farah will focus on the marathon after ending his track career at the Diamond League meet in Birmingham and final in Zurich later this month.

Yet he proved himself equal to those physical and tactical challenges, his young son and three daughters joining him on the track afterwards as the celebrations rolled around the arena.

Farah, who won 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold in London in 2012, finished in 26 minutes 49.51 seconds to cap the opening day at the World Championships and declared the triumph his best. Farah pulled off a cheeky move, by raising his arm towards the crowd, beckoning them to make noise for him.

Her Majesty did not drop from a plane flanked by Daniel Craig to parachute into London's Olympic stadium.

But Farah, not beaten over 10,000m since 2011, remained comfortable and made his move with a lap-and-a-half to go - and won in a sprint finish ahead of Cheptegei and Tanui.

Farah needed every iota of his single-mindedness as his east-African rivals ganged up against him at the London Stadium, initially by putting in repeated surges to break up his rhythm and then jostling him for position in the final stages. Farah tripped twice in Rio, but on this occasion, there were no issues - only a sure-footed effort that displayed guile and stamina. "You'd be extremely confident he'd do exactly the same thing again in front of his home crowd". It's nothing that concerned me and I've got enough days to recover, rest up, to be ready.

"It wasn't an easy race". They worked their hardest and they chucked everything at me.

"What a way to end my career in London". Farah went about rising the crowd and his opponents during the race too, with 15 laps still to run.

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"You had the Kenyans, the Ethiopians, the Ugandans, everybody working as a team against me".

Is that all you've got?

Farah paid tribute to the 50,000 spectators, who responded when he gestured for support mid-race. For a period the field thought they had a chance of beating him; yet again they were fooled. "I had to get in the zone", he said.

Finland's Lasse Viren is the only other man to have done the Olympic 5000m-10,000m double twice, a feat he achieved in 1972 and 1976.

There was heartbreak for two American stars in preliminary action as long jump 2016 Olympic champion Jeff Henderson and 2012 pole vasult victor Jenn Suhr went out in qualifying.

BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram: "If he had only ever won this race tonight it would have been a phenomenal achievement, but it's another gold to add to his achievements". Farah, the greatest distance runner ever, leaves his sport undefeated over 10,000m. "He's a true British sporting hero".

Usain Bolt was left furious with his performance, despite moving a step closer to a golden goodbye as he cruised through the 100m heats.

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