Mo Farah has won the 5,000m gold medal at the World Championships which are being held in South Korea. The man originally from Somalia who grew up in Feltham, London, had to hold off the challenge from Bernard Lagat from the United States.
Best 5,000m runner in the world
In a close final which included an exciting sprint finish Farah finished ahead of silver medallist Lagat and bronze medallist Imane Merga from Ethiopia, to finish in as the best 5,000m distance runner in the world.
Farah who failed to medal at the last championships made a bold decision to move him and his family to Oregon, USA, at the start of this year so that he could make the improvements he felt he required to challenge the very best. Since his move he has been coached by Alberto Salazar.
During the race Farah kept himself out of trouble by keeping himself at the back of the leading pack of runners. Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah from Saudi Arabia put pressure on the pack when he tried to push the pace, but Farah moved through the runners to sit on the shoulder of the race leader as the runners came into the final lap.
Farah was being tracked by Lagat during the whole race and in a sprint finish Farah maintained his reputation of having a quick finish. He finished the final 400m in 52.87 seconds and went on to become the first British world champion over the distance.
“It’s been hard work and a lot of sacrifices”
Philips Idowu who came took silver in the triple jump said: “Mo’s a great talent and deserved that medal. I’m really happy for him”.
Mo Farah who was humble as ever said: “It’s been hard work and a lot of sacrifices and I have to thank so many people who’ve been behind me. But you can’t get carried away. It’s a long way [to London 2012] and the aim is to stay injury free.”