|Usain Bolt after the 100m heat, in Moscow, on Saturday
Moscow: Double Olympic champion Mo Farah’s famed final lap sprint put paid to any hopes that Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan had of retaining his 10,000 metres title at the World Championships here on Saturday.
In Daegu two years ago, Jeilan nipped in at the line to deny Farah a first world title but this time he was left watching the Briton’s heels as Farah pulled away to win in 27:21.71. The Ethiopian had to settle for silver in 27:22.23 and Kenya's Paul Tanui took third in 27:22.61.
The day’s action came to an end with the super star Usain Bolt sauntering his way to the 100m semi-final with an easy victory in the seventh heats.
Bolt ignored the false-start distraction by his nearest rival, reviving memories of the Jamaican’s own disqualification from the 2011 100 metres final, to safely negotiate his way to the next round.
Bolt, with a wave and a quick salute to an appreciative Luzhniki stadium crowd pre-race, but no smiles or elaborate gestures, eased down the straight in 10.07 seconds, earning his passage to the 100 metres semi-finals on Sunday. The final is on Sunday evening.
Running in the last of seven first-round heats, Bolt kept his composure after Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands, running in lane four, directly to Bolt’s right, false-started and was disqualified.
Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt infamously suffered the same fate two years ago in Daegu, South Korea. He was forced to walk away as compatriot Yohan Blake took his world title.
Mo Farah, who won the second gold of the day, said: “I had the experience from two years ago. I knew I just had to cover every move and the guys were going to go out there to take a lot out of me. I was just digging in, digging in.”
Hot favourite Farah , competing in his first race over the distance since winning gold at the London Games, looked calm and collected throughout the final on a sultry evening at the Luzhniki stadium.
Knowing he could out sprint the opposition in the last laps, Farah was happy to settle into the pack for most of the race, leaving the Kenyans and Ethiopians to set the pace before making his move on the penultimate lap.
The first gold of the hit and humid day went to Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, who defied the conditions and a brave front-running display from Italian Valeria Straneo to become the first woman to retain the world marathon title on Saturday.
Kiplagat, 33, won after timing her race to perfection, taking control in the shadows of the Luzhniki Stadium to win in 2:25:44.
The smooth-striding Kiplagat, who led a Kenyan sweep of the medals in Daegu in 2011, stalked Straneo, 37, until the 40km mark after two other leading protagonists - Japan's Kayoko Fukushi and Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu -- dropped off the pace.
Kiplagat was happy to drop some 30 seconds behind the pace over the first 10km, a strategy she said allowed her to slowly build momentum.
“I felt a bit tired at the start - my body did not react immediately,” she told a news conference. “I just wanted to relax, prepare my body so I could pick up gradually.”
Despite the energy-sapping conditions, Kiplagat’s winning time was just under three minutes quicker than her gold-winning performance in Daegu which was also hot and humid.
Double defending decathlon world champion Trey Hardee was dumped out of the competition on Saturday as he no-heighted in the high jump leaving fellow Americans Ashton Easton and Gunnar Nixon fighting it out at the halfway mark.
In another case of doping, Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who won a world 100 metres bronze medal in 2011 and was a real prospect for Moscow, tested positive for a banned substance.
Baptiste, 26, has returned home. She is the third fastest woman this year over 100m and hails from the same training group of Tyson Gay.
Meanwhile, Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh failed to qualify for the women’s 3000m steeple chase final round as she finished a disappointing 12th in the heats on Saturday.
Sudha clocked 9:51.05, well outside her personal best and national record timing of 9:45.60, which she recorded in June in Chennai.