Mo Farah won the 5,000m gold in Beijing to claim his ‘triple-double’ and further cement his legacy as one of the greats of long-distance running.
The 32-year-old Farah secured his second gold of the World Athletics Championships having already triumphed in the 10,000m – the first time back-to-back doubles has been achieved.
Farah also claimed the double at the 2012 Olympics, with Saturday’s victory earning him a triple-double and marking out a stunning period of dominance in his dual disciplines.
He overtook Caleb Ndiku of Kenya on the home straight and crossed the line for a time of 13:50.38. Ndiku took silver and bronze went to Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet.
Farah has suffered a difficult season after his coach Alberto Salazar was embroiled in a doping scandal – although there is no suggestion whatsoever that the athlete has any involvement and Salazar denies the allegations.
But Farah finishes the IAAF World Championships on a huge high, winning his seventh successive global title.
Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe told the BBC:
” Mo is like a magician and he puts a spell over the whole field. He is playing mind games, he plays mind games at the start when he is jogging to get the water. He messes with them and goes to the front and controls the race but the whole time his mind is working and is ready to react whenever anyone might try to upset his plan. There is nothing they can do.”
After being called the greatest British sportsman by BBC commentator Brendan Foster, Farah replied: “We had people such as David Beckham and the rest of the guys, we have had so many legends and to be in the same category as them is amazing. If you believe in something you can get there. Do what you can. I never doubt myself. I love the sport, I love what I do and I just want to continue that. Everything comes with obstacles and you just have to get them out of the way.”
MO FARAH’S ROLL OF HONOUR
2 Olympic golds
5 World Championship golds
5 European Championship golds