Triple double for Farah with 5000m gold in Beijing

Triple double for Farah with 5000m gold in Beijing

29 August 2015 / 13:32

There is a sense of inevitability when Mo Farah enters the final lap of a race these days.

Seven years ago in the Bird’s Nest Stadium Farah cut a frustrated figure as he failed to qualify for the 5000m final in Beijing.

But a lot has changed since then and four world golds and two Olympic titles later Farah entered Saturday’s 5000m as a different beast altogether – having already taken the 10,000m title a week ago. 

It wasn’t the easiest race for Farah with Kenya’s Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku threatening to break away.

But as the pair entered the final 200m there was little doubt what was going to happen as Farah turned on the burners and stormed to victory in 13:50.38.

That title is Farah’s fifth world gold and completes a triple double of 5000m and 10,000m titles at world and Olympic level.

And the 32-year-old admits it was a surreal feeling to cross the line and light up the track once again.

"It is great to make history,” said Farah. “I didn't feel great, my hammy was playing up a bit but the medical team helped me through it and to come out here and make a double means so much to me. 

"I was kind of getting nervous for the first time in a little while but thanks to all the medical team. It was amazing to do it.

"Hopefully the younger kids watching me will be encouraged. I want to be able to do something for them. 

"I am so looking forward to spending time with my family. I just want to go home and celebrate with them.

"I never doubt myself. I love the sport I love what I do and I just want to continue that.”

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