Mo Farah Takes on the London Track One Last Time

Monday, 07 Aug, 2017

The 34-year-old Briton crossed the line to an explosion of fireworks after what he described as his toughest race. It was never about the time, though, and Farah won streaks ahead of the field.

When you think of Mo Farah's great victories over the incredible past five years it is hard to separate them from the soundtrack of Steve Cram's high-octane closing-stage commentaries. "It felt like me against the whole world, and it was, but at the same time they were working as a team".

"At one point in the middle of the race I wasn't thinking I was going to lose, but I thought 'this is tough, this is tough". The guys came up with a lot more of a plan. Remember Farah had to haul himself off the track in Rio after a hearts in mouth-inducing fall.

From there on the race unfolded into the inevitable, and became all about Farah, who despite producing these unbreakable displays on the track, still can't distance himself from the shadow of drugs, specially his association coach Alberto Salazar, now being investigated by USA anti-doping.

Covered in the bruises and stitches of a hard night, Mo Farah on Saturday threw a couple of jabs back at the contingent of East African runners who tried to bully him out of his 10th global title.

And after his exquisite execution on the opening night, anything other than a win is unthinkable. He said it was a trip around the 300m mark that had caused the issue. But they failed to fluster Farah, and gave up that approach by the first 1,000m.

But Farah, unbeaten over 10,000m since 2011, remained on course to claim a 5,000m and 10,000m double for a third time and now has 10 global titles.

Farah hung on during a relentless race which began at a blistering pace with Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor, Tanui, Cheptegei and Timothy Toroitich putting the pressure on at the front. It seemed unlikely his competitors would continue to fall into the same trap again, but they did, and the outcome was predictable.

We'll see Usain Bolt in his farewell major championship before his retirement compete in the heats of the men's 100m seeking a twelfth world championship gold medal. He still had six men for company down the backstretch, yet held his nerve and ultimately devastating kick to win in 26:49.53 - the fastest time in the world this year. Justin Gatlin was booed when his name was announced before his race and was again jeered loudly on winning heat 5 to qualify 5th fastest overall in 10.05 secs. "I have been running in the Pegasus for years, and it's a shoe I can always rely on", says Farah, who's been known to log an average of 125 training miles a week.

Pressed on what exactly was wrong with them, he said: "It's shaky".

"Yeah [they wanted to beat me] but at least back it up with something, I guess". It's just not what I'm used to. Not as sturdy or firm.