Beijing - Mo Farah retained his world distance double on Saturday when he
stormed to victory in the 5000 metres in Beijing.
The Briton, who won 10 000m gold on the opening weekend of action, was in control
of the race throughout, producing a devastating final 80 metres to romp home in
Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, in 13: 51.75, held on for silver after making a valiant
break with 800m to run. Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet took bronze.
Farah's victory was an unprecedented seventh successive win in the 5,000 or
10,000m at a world championships or Olympics for the Somali-born 32-year-old,
stretching back to 2011.
His double matched that of Usain Bolt, with whom Farah came through youth
and junior ranks, the Jamaican having successfully defended the sprint double
in an equally astonishing display of track dominance.
And for Farah, his victory was also the perfect riposte following doping
allegations surrounding coach Alberto Salazar that had mired the build-up to
the world championships.
Farah's British teammate Tom Farrell led the slow opening pace for the
15-man field of the 12-and-a-half laps of the Bird's Nest in warm, windless
Farah parked himself at the back of the pack as American pair Ben True and
Galen Rupp, Farah's training partner under coach Salazar in Oregon, followed
With seven laps to run, Farah started moving up the field, having to push
veteran Imane Merga in the back and onwards as the Ethiopian also harried his
way past and into the lead.
Farah settled back into stride as the peloton massed close together again,
Merga's surge easily absorbed.
Farah found himself setting the pace with four laps to go, lengthening his
stride as Ethiopian team tactics kicked in and they jostled for position,
muscling Kenyan-born Bahraini Albert Rop out of the picture.
The real kick came with 800 metres to run, Ndiku stretching out the field
for the first real time with an impressive turn of pace.
As the bell for the final lap rang, the Commonwealth champion and reigning
world indoor 3000m gold medallist from Kenya remained at the front, chased by
Farah and Gebrhiwet at full tilt.
Farah failed to catch the Kenyan around the bend, but coming into the final
straight, the Londoner rounded Ndiku to roars from a packed crowd with an
amazing turn of speed for an ultimately comfortable victory.
Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, the world's fastest performer in 2015, came in
fourth ahead of Rupp and True.