Mo Farah hopes to emulate Bekele and Bolt today

Aug 16, 2013, 01:18 IST | AFP

Britain's Mo Farah will bid to become the second man to achieve the double of the world and Olympics 5000 and 10000 metres titles while Usain Bolt begins his defence of the 200m today at the World Athletics Championships.

Farah, who won an emotional double gold at the Olympics last year in the Somalia-born athlete’s adopted home city of London, produced a courageous display to win the 10000m last Saturday and starts firm favourite to defend his 5000m title.

Mo Farah
Britain’s Mo Farah

If successful he will emulate Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele’s double in 2009 which followed his victories in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Farah, whose American training partner Galen Rupp was a huge help to him in the 10000m and will again be in the field, admitted Sunday’s race had taken more out of him than he had expected and just did the bare minimum to qualify for the final at the shorter distance.

“It’s going to be a demanding race and I need as much energy as possible to have the reserves when the final kick comes,” said the 30-year-old.

Farah, whose post 10000m race rubdown had to be improvised under a tree outside the stadium as security men would not allow him into the official area, said people shouldn’t regard victory was his for the taking.  “I was getting texts from people just saying go and do it,” said Farah.

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