Mo Farah into history books after defending 10,000m title

  • AFP, Beijing
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2015 10:28 IST
Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the final of the men's 10,000 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 22, 2015. (AFP PHOTO)

Mo Farah made history defending his 10,000m title at the world championships on Saturday, winning his sixth consecutive global track distance title.

It was a sixth successive victory in the 5,000 or 10,000m at a world championships or Olympics stretching back to 2011 for Farah, an unprecedented feat that saw him better the likes of Ethiopian legends Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie.

"It's nice to be known as someone who has won the most medals for my country," Farah said.

"It's great to make history."

The 32-year-old clocked 27min 01.13sec for gold ahead of Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor (27:01.76) and Paul Tanui (27.02.83.

Farah, known for his blistering last-lap pace, made his move with 500m to go, moving slickly to the front and peeling away.

Although tracked by the fast-finishing Kamworor and Tanui, the Londoner held on for victory that made up for his Bird's Nest outing at the 2008 Olympics, when he failed to qualify and suffered what he described as the "biggest disappointment" in his career.

The victory in the 10,000 m race is Farah's sixth consecutive global track distance title. (AFP Photo)

The comprehensive win will also help Farah bury some headlines he made for all the wrong reasons in recent months, with his renowned American coach Alberto Salazar accused of violating several anti-doping rules.

Salazar has strenuously denied all the accusations against him and Farah, who was not accused of any wrongdoing, has vowed to stick by his coach unless any allegations are proven.

"It hasn't been an easy year, but it's nice to get the team started well," acknowledged Farah.

Farah will have a chance to make it seven global titles in the 5,000m, scheduled for next Saturday. Should he complete a Beijing double, he would become the first man to complete a 5,000 and 10,000m double at consecutive world championships.

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