Despite a stumble in the last lap, Mo Farah retained his 10,000m world crown in Beijing on Saturday (22 August), meaning the British runner has now won six successive global distance titles. Farah faced the challenge of Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui, yet his trademark last-lap surge allowed him to secure first place in 27:01:13, setting a new stadium record.
Amidst the controversy that has surrounded the athlete since allegations were brought against Alberto Salazar, Farah said this had been his toughest victory to date: “For sure, it means a lot because there’s sometimes certain things that happen out of your control. You can only control what you do and I am controlling what I am doing and winning races. It’s really nice to be able to do that and I really enjoy it.”
In humid conditions at the Bird’s Nest stadium, Farah had to contend with a Kenyan trio working in unison. On his clash with Kamworor, who took second place, Farah commented: “At one point, I honestly thought I was gone as I stumbled and I was thinking ‘not 24 laps into it, the last lap’. I was trying to go round and the Kenyan guy Geoffrey caught my leg. So I almost stumbled and managed to stay on my feet, go round to the front and make sure I had something left at the end. It was close, it wasn’t easy.”
Farah will now aim to capture a triple-double with success over 5,000m on Wednesday after securing two gold medals at London and Moscow.