Farah recovers from stumble to reach 5,000m final

Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:55am EDT
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain's Mo Farah regained his balance after stumbling and almost falling to the track in Wednesday's heats at the world athletics championships to book his spot in the final of the men's 5,000 meters.

Fresh from his victory in the 10,000m final, where he also overcame a stumble on the last-lap, Farah just managed to stay on his feet after being clipped by another runner.

The Briton nearly tumbled over but recovered to qualify second fastest overall, just behind Ethiopia's junior world champion Yomif Kejelcha.

The 18-year-old Kejelcha crossed the line first in 13 minutes 19.38 seconds, with a relieved Farah just 0.06 in arrears.

"I tripped, somebody nearly took me down, just caught my leg," Farah said in a trackside interview at the Bird's Nest stadium.

"It happens, I have such a long stride, so often people catch my leg."

Farah, 32, won the 5,000m at the last two world championships and is bidding to become the first man to win the event three times.

He is also striving to repeat his 5,000m-10,000m double from the last world championships and the 2012 London Olympics but is taking nothing for granted.

"That was good to get the heats out of the way, it was nerve-wracking," Farah said.   Continued...

(L-R) Ali Kaya of Turkey, Aron Kifle of Eritrea and Mo Farah of Britain compete in their men's 5000 metres heat at the IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 26, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson