13 Aug

Magic Mo Goes For Double In Moscow

Mo Farah

After becoming the first British man to win a 10,000m world title with his victory in Moscow on Saturday, Mo Farah will now aim for a double-double of gold at the Olympics and World Championships, a feat that only Kenenisa Bekele has so far managed.

Farah's victory on Saturday was controlled, measured and rounded off by an electrifying finish that has become synonymous with his performances over the last two years. Producing a final lap of 54:49, Farah fought off the challenge of defending champion Ibraham Jeilan to cross the line in 27:21:71.

With 200m to go, Jeilan threatened a repeat of his performance in Daegu two years ago, sitting on Farah's shoulder until the final bend. This time, however, the Ethiopian was unable to match Farah's acceleration as the double Olympic champion added the 10,000m world title to his collection.

After the race, Farah said he was all too aware of the defending champion's presence: "I was thinking 'not again, not again, not again. It was very exciting. I knew what Jeilan was capable of so it was important I had something left. To be honest, with the last lap I could see he was there and I was thinking, 'God, I've got to make this lap worth it'."

Interestingly, Jeilan later told Farah that the Ethiopian team had gone into the final with a strategy aimed at unsettling the UK runner's pace: "One of them was meant to go hard and another one was meant to follow through and go hard again. They were all going to do a couple of laps each and try to take it out. But I think it was just too hot for them and they didn't feel great.

To secure double gold in Moscow, Farah will be required to do so with a day less recovery than he had in London, with the 5,000m final scheduled for Friday. In breaking the 1500m British record last month, however, and exercising the demons of being out-sprinted by Jeilan in South Korea two years ago, Farah has shown formidable speed and strength over shorter distances.

If double gold at London 2012 signalled his passage into the pantheon of sporting greatness, victory on Saturday will undoubtedly consolidate Farah's position alongside the most decorated and revered figures in long-distance running.