Farah burns up Bird's Nest for golden triple double

Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:47am EDT
 
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain's Mo Farah kicked on the final corner and stormed down the home straight to retain his 5,000 meters world title on Saturday, securing an unprecedented third successive distance double at major global championships.

The 32-year-old Olympic champion, who won the 10,000m in Beijing last weekend, clocked 13 minutes 50.38 seconds to win a record third straight 5,000 meters world title.

It was Farah's seventh successive major distance crown after he won the 5,000m at the 2011 world championships and the double at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

"It is great to make history," Farah told the BBC. "I didn't feel great, my hammy was playing up a bit but the medical team helped me through it and tonight come out here and make a double means so much to me.

"I was kinda getting nervous for the first time in a little while but thanks to all the medical team. It was amazing to do it.

"Hopefully, the younger kids watching me will be encouraged. I want to be able to do something for them."

Caleb Ndiku, who kicked with two laps to go to try to mitigate the impact of Farah's strong finish, won silver for Kenya in 13.51.75 with Hagos Gebrhiwet, second behind Farah in Moscow two years ago, taking bronze for Ethiopia in 13.51.86.

Gebrhiwet's team mate Yomif Kejelcha finished fourth and Farah's training partner Galen Rupp was a distant fifth.   Continued...

 
Mo Farah of Britain celebrates winning the men's 5,000 metres final as he crosses the finish line during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch