MO FARAH gave Britain a golden start at the World Championships by storming to victory in the 10,000 metres last night.
The long-distance runner brought back memories of his epic performances at last year’s London Olympics with a dominant race on the opening night of the event in Moscow.
Farah put in a 54-second last lap to hold off the challenge of Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan, who beat him in the 10,000m at the World Championships two years ago, to add to his haul of gold medals.
Farah, 30, who ranks with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as a global sporting icon, is now the reigning Olympic and World champion for 5,000m and 10,000m and is only the second man to achieve this long distance double.
After completing a lap of honour wrapped in a Union flag emblazoned with the words “Fly Mo”, he ran into the crowd to kiss his wife Tania and eldest daughter Rihanna, eight. He 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. I did not want to lose again, it was nice to beat him this time.
“Training’s been really hard, I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family and when I came home for the Anniversary Games my little daughter didn’t even recognise me but it’s definitely been worth it.”
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