Briton Mo Farah was pushed all the way in an ultimately well-executed victory in the men’s 10,000 metres at the world championships on Saturday, to carry on where he left off at last year’s London Olympics.
The Somali-born 30-year-old clocked 27min 21.72sec in his first outing since his victory in the British capital over the 25-lap race, the longest around the track in athletics’ biennial showpiece. Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia, who outsprinted Farah for the title in Daegu, won silver with Kenyan Paul Tanui taking bronze.
Baptiste fails test
Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who won a world 100 metres bronze medal in 2011, has tested positive for a banned substance, the Trinidad Express newspaper reported on Saturday. Baptiste, 26, has returned home from the world championships where she was due to run in the first round of the 100m heats on Sunday morning.
European bronze medallist Natalia Semenova of Ukraine, the self-styled “Iron Lady”, suffered a freak accident while warming up for the women’s discus throw. “Polish athlete Zaneta Glanc hit the 31-year-old Semenova in the nose while miming a throw at the athletes’ area next to the discus circle,” the team said. “Her one valid effort of 55.79m which was not enough to qualify.”
Sudha fails to qualify
Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh failed to qualify for the women’s 3000 m steeple chase final round as she finished a disappointing 12th in the heats. She clocked 9:51.05, well outside her personal best and national record timing of 9:45.60, recorded in June in Chennai.