Mo Farah wins 10,000m race to step up Rio preparation

Eugene (US): British track star Mo Farah kept his long-distance winning streak alive by capturing the men’s 10,000 metre race at the 2016 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field on Friday.

British track runner Mo Farah
British track runner Mo Farah

The 33-year-old held off Kenya’s William Sitonik to finish strong on the last lap to win with a world-leading time of 26 minutes, 53.71 seconds. It was his first race on an outdoor track since competing at the Beijing World Championships nine months ago. “It is my first track race so it is good to get it out of the way,” said Farah. “I have some great memories on this track.”

The IAAF Diamond League series hit US soil for the first time this season on a cool night at Hayward Field as a host of international stars are stepping up preparations for this summer’s Rio Olympics.

Farah is considered the world’s leading long-distance runner and has not lost a 10,000 metre race since his silver medal at the 2011 World Championships.

Farah said his preparations for Rio are progressing smoothly. “It is going well. I am in a good place. I feel healthy that is the important.”

Farah ran in second place for the majority of the race. He took the lead with two laps to go but Sitonik passed him on the last lap setting the stage for what looked like a one-two sprint to the finish.

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