Farah storms to victory in the 10,000 meters

Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:21pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain's Mo Farah survived a last-lap trip to retain his 10,000 meters world title in some style on Saturday, extending his dominance of men's distance running at major championships.

Almost tripped up by Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor as he took the first bend after the bell, the 32-year-old regained his balance and his composure to storm down the final straight and finish in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.

Farah, who has endured a difficult few months after his coach was the subject of doping allegations, raised his arms and roared in delight as he crossed the line.

Kamworor was outpaced over the final 100 meters but finished second in 27.01.76 to claim silver, while his compatriot Paul Tanui was third in 27.02.83.

A trio of Kenyans formed an imposing barrier at the front of the field for most of the race and the last-lap clash was only the worst of several points of contact with the Briton after he came through the pack to challenge them in the latter stages.

"So many times I nearly got tripped, nearly went down but thank God I did not go down," Farah told the BBC in a trackside interview.

"There were three or four times that I nearly went down. I've got long strides so it's easy to catch. But I don't know if (they) deliberately tried to take me out either. I don't know what to think about it."

The reigning Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 meters champion has now won six straight distance titles at major championships going back to his second place in the longer event at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.   Continued...

Mo Farah of Britain reacts after winning the men's 10000m event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 22, 2015.     REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson