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Mo Farah enthrals London crowd once more to cement his legacy

Mo Farah enthrals London crowd once more to cement his legacy”

It was also August 4th when Farah won his first Olympic 10,000m title, in London 2012, and he hasn't lost a 10,000m race since, or indeed a championship 5,000m; it makes for a now unbroken streak of nine global final wins, including another Olympic double in Rio last summer, plus the last two World 10,000m titles, won in Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015.

Soon, Farah had the race under his control and he was in his usual forthright position at the front as the bell rang for the final lap.

Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei was in his wake for silver and Kenya's Paul Tanui third, the winning time of 26 minutes 49.51 seconds just three seconds off Farah's personal best.

Farah won Britain's first gold of the World Athletics Championships in the 10,000m at the London Stadium, but afterwards he appeared to be in some discomfort and left the stadium with a bandaged left leg.

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.

Turkish runners include Yasmani Copello Escobar who won Turkey's first Olympic medal in men's track events - a bronze for the 400-meters hurdles - at the Rio Games in 2016.

"I wasn't focused when I was 16", he told "The Big Issue". "It's been a long journey, it's been incredible", said Farah who was accompanied by his family on a lap of honour. It helped a lot having the experience. I've got a few cuts and bruises, just recover and get ready for the 5k. "I'm not upset about the loss as Mo is a great guy and a legend, so running with him in the last championship is really great".

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"I'm kind of sad I didn't get to go out here and get where I wanted to, but I guess I'll take something from it for next time".

The Kenyan threat has vastly more experience, with Geoffrey Kamworor, who beat Farah in the World Half-Marathon Championships a year ago, Rio silver medallist Paul Tanui and Bedan Karoki in the field. They worked their hardest and they chucked everything at me. I've got such a long stride I got caught twice and at that point I was just trying to stand up.

Mo Farah doesn't race, he teases.

And he will be back next Saturday looking to bring his championship career on the track to a golden finish in the 5000m and a fifth global double.

Farah's performance only enhances his record and status as the greatest distance runner ever but will do nothing for those sceptical of his clean status. Since then the now 34-year-old has four Olympic golds and six world titles, with a chance to add a seventh in the 5,000 a week from Saturday.

The women's 10,000m will act as a precursor to the showpiece event and will see Leeds-based runner Beth Potter put her recent triathlon transition to the test against the dominant African contingent.

Farah was the hot favourite for the only final on the opening night, the Men's 10,000m, which closed the opening session of London 2017.

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