Britain's Mo Farah wins 10000m gold at IAAF World Championships

Mo Farah came through one of the toughest 10,000 metres of his career to win gold at the World Athletics Championships on Friday and said it was his mental strength that had made the difference.

After topping the podium in Moscow in 2013 and Russian Federation in 2015, Farah raced to 10,000-metre glory in front of a home London crowd with a time of 26 minutes, 49.51 seconds, beating Ugandan runner-up Joshua Cheptegei and Kenyan bronze medal-winner Paul Tanui.

Covered in the bruises and stitches of a hard night, Mo Farah on Saturday threw a couple of jabs back at the contingent of East African runners who tried to bully him out of his 10th global title.

The win comes five years to the day since he claimed Olympic 10,000m gold on "Super Saturday" at London 2012 and extends his unbeaten run over the distance to nine races stretching back to 2011.

Farah, who will begin the defence of his 5,000m crown in heats on Wednesday, described his 10,000m win as "amazing".

Success in the event would bring his final medal on the track as he will turn his focus to the marathon following the World Championships.

The Great Britain legend will retire from the track at the end of the 5,000m, which takes place later at the championships.

Usain Bolt was treated as one of their own too. In the middle of the race, I didn't think I was going to lose but I did think that it was really tough. At 34, there has to be a question mark over whether he has that final-lap blistering pace.

The British star was tripped twice in the final lap before powering clear to home success over 10,000 metres in 26min 49.51sec.

He added: "Being smart has helped me to get to where I am". "With two laps to go I didn't have the gas to go with them".

"I did my training in Kapchorwa, Uganda and didn't go to Kaptagat in Kenya because I saw the conditions are nearly the same".

Farah briefly hit the front with a mile to run; not yet, said Geoffrey Kamworor, the 24 year-old Kenyan, second at last summer's Rio Olympics. For a period the field thought they had a chance of beating him; yet again they were fooled.

With it looking like one of the quicker 10,000m we have seen, they hit the last mile with Farah still looking very much in contention for a testing finish.

"I didn't want to let all the people down", he said during a lap of honour with his three children.

After tumbling amid a quick opening pace, Farah stormed home in the closing 100m to defeat Joshua Cheptegei and Paul Tanui.

"That was very bad", Bolt said. "At 24, she's still developing and, although gold might be just out of reach, when the final comes around on Monday, I'm backing Laura to take a gutsy silver".

Potter moved to Yorkshire in January having chose to extend her focus to three disciplines following a disappointing Rio Olympics Games previous year.

  • Stacy Allen