A look back at his five world titles as Farah eyes more history in London

A look back at his five world titles as Farah eyes more history in London

03 August 2017 / 05:26
His beloved Arsenal can only dream of a treble double but Sir Mo Farah heads to London on the cusp of more history in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

Back in the stadium where he produced two defining moments of London 2012, the 34-year old is looking for world title number six and seven — victories which would secure his place in the pantheon of his sport's greatest.

"There's no place like home, this is where it's at. This is where it's happened, where my life changed," he told Michael Johnson, on a BBC documentary that recalled his Olympic success five years ago.

"I need to win this, I need to win this probably more than any other year. I'm excited to be able compete one last time and hang my spikes up after. That stadium, back at a home Championships again, it just seems the right time and place to do it."

Ahead of his five races on the track, we look back at Farah's remarkable five previous world title successes.

1. IAAF World Championships 2011, Daegu. 5,000m. 

deagu5000GettyImages-123703196After a silver medal in the 10,000m, Farah held off the challenge of Bernard Lagat of the United States and Ethiopia's Imane Merga to win his first world title over 5,000m.

In what became a textbook tactic, he kept himself out of trouble at the back of the pack and struck for home late, covering the final lap in 52.87 seconds.

Victory made him Britain's first world champion over the distance.

"It's been hard work and a lot of sacrifices and I have to thank so many people who've been behind me," he said.

"The aim is to stay injury free. Anything can happen in long distance But you can't get carried away. It's a long way to 2012 Olympics." 

But we all know what happened there ...

2. IAAF World Championships 2013, Moscow. 10,000m

moscow10000GettyImages-175924793Farah narrowly got his revenge on Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan, who beat him into silver two years previously, winning a sprint finish to become Britain's first 10,000 metres world champion.

His time was nine seconds quicker than his winning time at London 2012.

He said: "I thought 'you've got to make this worth it'. I was thinking 'not again, not again, not again'.

"This is what the sport's about, these close finishes."


3. IAAF World Championships 2013, Moscow. 5,000m

Farah became only the second man to achieve the ‘double double’ in consecutive championships, retaining his world 5,000m title.

He had endured a stitch in his stomach for two-thirds of the race but battled to match the achievement of the legendary Kenenisa Bekele.

Lord Sebastian Coe - who famously won first Olympic title on the same track - presented him with his gold and said ‘beyond doubt’ that Farah was now the greatest British athlete of all time.

And just think what he's achieved in the four years since.

4. IAAF World Championships 2015, Beijing. 10,000m

10000beijingGettyImages-484840322Farah returned to Beijing seeking redemption in the iconic Bird's Nest, a stadium where he had experienced his worst moment in athletics.

At the 2008 Olympics he didn't even make the 5,000m final but he saw off three Kenyan challengers before producing a last lap of 54.15 seconds to come away from Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui in the home straight.

"The Olympics were pretty tough because of the pressure and being at home, but at the same time it was never that quick," he said, after covering the last mile in just over four minutes to win in 27:01.13.

"The last lap, that was close - I honestly thought at one point I was gone because I stumbled."

5. IAAF World Championships 2015, Beijing. 5,000m

beijing5000GettyImages-485686598Mo Farah ran a blistering last lap to become the first man in history to pull off a distance 'triple-double'.

Of course, his success in Rio since then has already upgraded that to a 'quadruple double'.

Farah made it three successive world 5,000m titles but admitted he'd been struggling with a hamstring injury in the race build-up.

"It's great to make history," he said. 

"I was kind of getting nervous for the first time. I didn't feel great but the medical team helped me through it and to come out here and make a double means so much to me."

Now he's come back home to London seeking a treble double of world golds and a quintuple double of global titles. He will switch to road racing next season but his first race at this year's IAAF World Championship will be at 9.20pm on Friday August 4th. Will there be more history in the making?

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