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Mo aims for double gold at IAAF Athletics championships


Mo Farah has created the start of a perfect ending to his athletics career by claiming gold in 10,000 metres: with his sights on the 5,000 metre race later this week at this year’s IAAF Athletics championships.

The 34 year old runner beat off stiff competition in his race on Friday night in front of a sell out crowd at the London Stadium in London, where he competed to cross the line first in the World Championship 10,000 metres.

The win gave Mo his 10th successive global gold medal; but he faced stiff competition to claim it. His rivals continued to apply pressure throughout the race, determined to stop Britain’s greatest long distance athlete from gaining glory. But alas it wasn’t to be as Mo sprinted ahead to win in 26 minutes 49.53 seconds, making it his fastest time for all his gold medal wins.

And what better way to say goodbye to racing than to win the 5,000 metres and make history by winning a fifth 5,000 and 10,000 double? Well, that’s just what he plans to do on Saturday 12th August, although he will need to get through the 5,000 heat on Wednesday first, which takes place at 8.05pm.

Meanwhile, Jamaican Usain Bolt’s farewell from the track wasn’t as glorious as Mo Farah’s, having been beaten into third place in his last ever 100 metres at the World Championships, which he says made him ‘sad’ to not be able to deliver.

The Championships continue until 13th August.


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