Moscow: Briton Mo Farah added the world distance double to the one he achieved at the London Olympics, when he bravely held off the Ethiopian and Kenyan challenge in belligerent style to win the 5,000m at the World Championships here on Friday.
He needed all of his famed final-lap speed to come home in 13:26.98, ahead of Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:27.26) and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech (13:27.26), six days after winning the 10,000 metres.
Farah, defending his title from Daegu, becomes the only man apart from the peerless Kenenisa Bekele to hold the Olympic and World Championship distance double simultaneously. “I never thought in my career I would achieve something like this. This was very tough -- it was all left to the last two laps. I had a lot of pressure but at the same time I enjoy it,” he told BBC Radio.
“This is something I work so hard for. I was thinking about my kids, how long I spend away from them. It’s very difficult because they’re growing so fast and I haven’t been around for the last four or five months. It was hard this year, harder than last year.”
In a final of muddling and erratic pace, the trio of Ethiopians and Kenyans did their best to disrupt the Briton with team tactics but Farah, towards the back early on, went to the front with three laps to go and would not yield.
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed a remarkable sprint double on Friday, as she added the 200m gold to the 100 she won earlier in the week. However, her eagerly-awaited showdown with Allyson Felix failed to materialise as the American, seeking a record ninth World Championship gold, pulled up with a hamstring injury early in the race and fell to the floor in tears. Fraser-Pryce ran a brilliant bend and was always in command, coming home in 22.17 seconds. (Agencies)