Briton Mo Farah was pushed all the way in an ultimately well-executed victory in the men’s 10,000m at the World Championships on Saturday to carry on where he left off at last year’s London Olympics.
The Somali-born 30-year-old clocked 27min 21.72sec in his first outing since his victory in the British capital over the 25-lap race, the longest around the track in athletics’ biennial showpiece.
Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia, who outsprinted Farah for the title in Daegu, won silver in 27:22.23, with early pace-setting Kenyan Paul Tanui taking bronze (27:22.61). Farah had become one of the faces of the London Games after he claimed double gold in the 5,000 and 10,000m, a year after sealing a gold and silver in the Daegu worlds in the events respectively.
He came to Moscow in prime form having opted to step down his distances in competitive meets to hone his speed, sealing an unlikely European record in the 1500m in Monaco, his time of 3:28.81 credited as the sixth-fastest ever run. After six laps, Farah floated effortlessly to the front of the pack.
Kiplagat makes history
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat became the first woman to retain the marathon world title when she eased home on Saturday to earn the first gold medal on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships.
The 33-year-old — only 20th in the Olympics last year — timed 2hr 25min 44sec to take gold ahead of long-time leader Valeria Straneo of Italy (2:25.58) while Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi took bronze (2:27.45). Kiplagat said that she was extremely happy to have made history.