Farah sees room for improvement

28 June 2012 / 11:37

Mo Farah insists he can still improve despite becoming the first man to retain the 5,000 metres title in the history of the European Athletics Championships.

Farah produced a supremely composed display, which saw him take the lead with five laps to go and never look in danger of being overtaken.

The 29-year-old powered to victory in Helsinki's Olympic Stadium in 13 minutes 29.91 seconds, and although that was more than 30 seconds slower than his world-leading time in 2012 set in Eugene, Oregon earlier this month, it proved how he is now capable of winning more tactical championship races. "There is a lot of stuff to be worked on," he said.

Farah, who won by almost two seconds from Germany's Arne Gabius, with Turkey's Kemboi Arikan claiming bronze, added: "I will look back and watch the race and tell my coach (Alberto Salazar) how I felt. He was with my training partner Galen Rupp at the US trials and I told him I would take care of things here.

"The indoor season was disappointing, but indoors is one thing and outdoors another. It seems to be going in the right direction and what really did it for me was Eugene where I ran sub-13 minutes, beating a good field. It's all going in the right direction, I just have to stay injury free."