Farah retains 5,000 metres title
June 28, 2012 11:36 am
Britain's Mo Farah has retained his 5,000 metres title at the European Athletics Championships with a supremely confident performance in Helsinki.
Farah, who is also world champion over the distance, led at the bell and was never going to be caught as he powered to victory in 13 minutes 29.91 seconds.
That was more than 30 seconds slower than his world-leading time in 2012 set in Oregon earlier this month, but the gold medal was all that mattered and proved once again that the 29-year-old has matured into a superb championship athlete.
Running his penultimate 5,000m before the London Olympics, Farah was content to sit at the very back of the field for the opening 600m before slowing moving through the pack.
With eight and a half laps remaining he and Turkey's Kemboi Arikan finally began to close the gap on Russia's Anatoliy Rybakov, who had been allowed to open a lead of around 40 metres, and with five laps remaining Farah had hit the front.
That was where he stayed until the bell signalled a last-lap sprint for glory, Farah gradually pulling away from the field to win by almost two seconds from Germany's Arne Gabius, with Arikan claiming bronze.
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