Farah completes dream double
Mo Farah hailed his 5,000m victory as his sweetest yet as he completed a dream double-double at the World Championships.
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The 30-year-old sealed his status as arguably the greatest British athlete of all time, producing a trademark lung-bursting kick down the home straight at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium to claim a thrilling 5,000 metres gold, six days after racing to glory over 10,000m.
He added the titles to his twin Olympic triumphs to become only the second man after Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele to win both long-distance crowns at the Olympics and the World Championships.
"It (this win) was definitely the sweetest, by far," he said.
"Earlier in the race I had a stitch and it was important I got over that. My legs felt all right, but they were a lot more heavy than the rest of the guys.
"I thought the race would have gone harder, but it suited me today.
"I was confident, from having run a fast 1500m (he broke the European record over the distance in Monaco last month) and a couple of other fast races, that if it came down to the end I would be able to come home strong.
"You've got to respect the other guys, but you just want to be able to keep winning."
His rivals did once again play into his hands with the slow pace, the Briton unleashing his kick with around 650m to go.
It looked at one point as if he might be caught, with several men still in contention coming into the home straight, but Farah, his face contorted with effort, dug into his deepest reserves of energy to pull away and win by 0.28 seconds.
He crossed the line in 13 minutes 26.98 seconds, with Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet taking silver and Kenya's Isaiah Kiplangat Koech the bronze.
After a typically rapid final lap, timed at 53.51s, he dropped to his knees and kissed the blue Mondo track before embracing coach Alberto Salazar, the man who has overseen Farah's rise to greatness.
Victory took Farah's tally of global gold medals to five, having also won the 5,000m two years ago in Daegu.
Farah said: "It's amazing, only the great Kenenisa Bekele has achieved so many things. To be able to achieve what he has achieved is just an honour.
"I enjoyed tonight and now I'm looking forward to a bit of time off and spending it with the family. I never thought in my career that I'd be able to achieve something like this, anything is possible I guess.
He received his gold medal from Sebastian Coe, who won his first Olympic title in this very stadium.
Farah and his American training partner Galen Rupp were the only two athletes attempting the double, leaving their fresher rivals with a distinct advantage.
UK Athletics head of science Barry Fudge had said victory for the 30-year-old would be a "long shot" because of the toll winning the 10,000m crown would have taken on his body.
He managed it in London last summer, but on that occasion he had one extra day to recover.
Farah, though, is no ordinary athlete.
Five athletes in the field had faster personal bests than him and seven had gone quicker than him this season, but they simply cannot find a way to beat him on the big stage.
Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster told BBC Sport: "For my money he is the greatest athlete we've ever had in this country. He put himself at the front and he would not let them past."
The only thing now missing from Farah's resume is a world record. Bekele holds both over 5,000m and 10,000m with times of 12:37.35 and 26:17.53 respectively.
"I would like to run a decent time, but for me the most important thing is trying to win medals," he said.
"It would be nice to get closer to the record and the great athlete Bekele has both records. It would be nice to get closer to that, but I haven't tried too much.
"I've just been concentrating on the World Championships and winning medals for my country. But now it gives me time to think about it and try to prepare for it. That's very hard in a championship, when you have to cover every move."
Chris O'Hare produced a Farah-esque finish to book his spot in the 1500m final on Sunday, timing his race to perfection to come home in fourth place.
The Edinburgh athlete, 22, was much improved from his heat, which he only just scraped through, and crossed the line in 3:43.58.
He said: "I pretended like I knew what I was doing. In races like this you've got to blag it."
But there was disappointment in the men's 4x400m relay as Nigel Levine's strong finish could only secure fourth place.
The individual semi-finalist was well-placed going into the anchor leg but appeared to lose ground as a group of runners fought for position. He came powerfully down the home straight, but had left himself too much to do.
The quartet of Conrad Williams, Martyn Rooney, Michael Bingham, Levine clocked 3:00.88.
The women's squad was shorn of the injured Perri Shakes-Drayton because of a knee injury, but in her absence the quartet of Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye and Christine Ohuruogu did the business in their heat, winning it in 3:25.09.
Shakes-Drayton flew home from Russia on Friday morning for further assessment on the problem to her left knee.
She Tweeted a picture of herself on crutches with a message saying: "Gutted my champs ended the way they did."
Ohuruogu said: "It is a shame Perri's not here. We really are going to miss her, but we have to stay here and get the job done."
Tiffany Porter looked good in cruising into the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles, but Marilyn Okoro and Laura Muir both went out in the semi-finals of the 800m.
Men's 5000m Final: 1 Mohamed Farah (Gbr) 13mins 26.980secs, 2 Hagos Gebrhiwet (Eth) 13:27.260, 3 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech (Ken) 13:27.260, 4 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Ken) 13:27.670, 5 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Ken) 13:29.010, 6 Bernard Lagat (USA) 13:29.240, 7 Muktar Edris (Eth) 13:29.560, 8 Galen Rupp (USA) 13:29.870, 9 Yenew Alamirew (Eth) 13:31.270, 10 Ryan Hill (USA) 13:32.690, 11 Dejene Regassa (Uga) 13:34.540, 12 Elroy Gelant (Rsa) 13:43.580, 13 Sindre Buraas (Nor) 13:45.670, 14 Zane Robertson (Nzl) 13:46.550, 15 Brett Robinson (Aus) 14:03.770
4x400m Relay Final: 1 United States 2mins 58.710secs, 2 Jamaica 2:59.880, 3 Russia 2:59.900, 4 Great Britain & Nothern Ireland 3:00.880, 5 Belgium 3:01.020, 6 Trinidad & Tobago 3:01.740, 7 Brazil 3:02.190, 8 Australia 3:02.260
Long Jump Final: 1 Aleksandr Menkov (Rus) 8.56m, 2 Ignisious Gaisah (Gha) 8.29, 3 Luis Rivera (Pue) 8.27, 4 Eusebio Caceres (Spa) 8.26, 5 Vinicius da Silva Mauro (Bra) 8.24, 6 Christian Reif (Ger) 8.22, 7 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (Rsa) 8.10, 8 Damar Forbes (Jam) 8.02, 9 Sebastian Bayer (Ger) 7.98, 10 Louis Tsatoumas (Gre) 7.98, 11 Dwight Phillips (USA) 7.88, 12 Jinzhe Li (Chn) 7.86
Shot Put Final: 1 David Storl (Ger) 21.73m, 2 Ryan Whiting (USA) 21.57, 3 Dylan Armstrong (Can) 21.34, 4 Reese Hoffa (USA) 21.12, 5 Ladislav Prasil (Cze) 20.98, 6 Tomasz Majewski (Pol) 20.98, 7 German Lauro (Arg) 20.40, 8 Georgi Ivanov (Bul) 20.39, 9 Cory Martin (USA) 20.09, 10 Asmir Kolasinac (Ser) 19.96, 11 Antonin Zalsk (Cze) 19.54, 12 Martin Stasek (Cze) 19.10
Women's 200m Final: 1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam) 22.170secs, 2 Murielle Ahoure (Civ) 22.320, 3 Blessing Okagbare (Ngr) 22.320, 4 Shaunae Miller (Bah) 22.740, 5 Jeneba Tarmoh (USA) 22.780, 6 Charonda Williams (USA) 22.810, 7 Mariya Ryemyen (Ukr) 22.840
DNF: Allyson Felix (USA)
Hammer Throw Final: 1 Tatyana Lysenko (Rus) 78.80m, 2 Anita Wlodarczyk (Pol) 78.46, 3 Wenxiu Zhang (Chn) 75.58, 4 Zheng Wang (Chn) 74.90, 5 Anna Bulgakova (Rus) 74.62, 6 Yipsi Moreno (Cub) 74.16, 7 Oksana Kondrateva (USA) 72.76, 8 Eva Orban (Hun) 72.70, 9 Jeneva McCall (USA) 72.65, 10 Amanda Bingson (USA) 72.56, 11 Bianca Perie (Rom) 71.25, 12 Gulfiya Khanafeyeva (Rus) 71.07