Farah opens outdoor season with world-leading mark

Sat May 28, 2016 2:52am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah surged into the lead with 60 meters remaining to claim victory in the fastest 10,000 meters of the year at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League on Friday.

Farah shook off a valiant challenge by Kenyan William Sitonik to win his first outdoor race of the year and kept alive a five-year winning streak at the distance as he clocked an Olympic-qualifying time of 26 minutes, 53.71 seconds.

"I don't want to lose here," said the Briton, who trains in nearby Portland, Oregon.

Sitonik finished second in a lifetime best 26:54.66 with Ethiopian Tamari Toga third in 26:57.33 as five runners broke 27 minutes.

Though Farah claimed victory on a crisp, cool evening, the 33-year-old Olympic favorite was not overly delighted with his performance.

"It was good to run sub-27 (minutes)," he said. "But honestly, I was kind of disappointed. I was hoping to run a lot faster than that.

"Sometimes, you know, it's your first race and then I have to make the decision to continue pushing... or try and win the race."

He also was a little disappointed that the race had not attracted a stronger field in which to open his outdoor season.   Continued...

Athletics - Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix - Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland - 20/2/16
Great Britain's Mo Farah wins the 3000m final
Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith