Farah storms to 10,000m World Championships gold

Farah storms to 10,000m World Championships gold

22 August 2015 / 13:57

Mo Farah immediately turned his attentions to more silverware after winning his sixth global title on the opening evening session at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing with gold in the 10,000m.

Having won 5000m and 10,000m gold at the last Olympic Games, World and European Championships, Farah was certainly the man to beat at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

But despite the rest of the field throwing everything they could at him, Farah didn’t panic and crossed the line in 27:01.13 minutes for gold.

Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui were second and third respectively, but there was no doubting who the star of the show was with Farah hoping he has enough left in the tank to secure another historic double gold.

“I knew the guys were going to do that,” he said. “It has been too many years and I knew they would slow it down and that they had to do it.

“It was just a matter of hanging in there and hopefully it didn’t take too much out of me because it is not easy running in this heat and doing 27 minutes.

“You have got to believe in yourself and I do, it is just a matter of recovering now and getting ready for the 5000m heats.

“I want to keep doing what I am doing and representing my country and win as many medals as I can. I want to be remembered for someone who did well for his country.”

Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson lead the way after the first day of action in the heptathlon.

Ennis-Hill tops the leaderboard with 4,005 points with Johnson-Thompson just 80 points further back in second after both recorded season’s best times – 23.09 seconds and 23.42 respectively – in the 200m.

Ennis-Hill said: "I am pleased. I have that feeling of slight disappointment because I'm always comparing myself to my best. Generally, I'm really happy to be in this position right now."

Elsewhere, Richard Kilty and Chijindu Ujah advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m, but compatriot James Dasaolu couldn’t join them.

There was more disappointment for Steve Lewis in the pole vault as suffered three failures at 5.40m, but Niall Flannery eased into the 400m hurdles semi-finals after finishing his heat second in a season’s best 48.90.

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