Mo Farah became the first man in history to pull off a distance ‘triple-double’ after sprinting to victory in the men’s 5,000m while Kenya’s Caleb Ndiku had to settle for the silver.
Farah made it three successive world 5,000m titles and has now won golds in both track distance events at the Olympics and two World Championships as he once again found both the perfect tactical response and the form to pull it off.
This time he would not be allowed to lead it out from 500 metres to go, as we have seen so often, with Kenya’s Commonwealth champion Ndiku going to the front before the bell and stretching away down the back straight.
But as the field splintered Farah first hung on and then, coming off the final bend, surged past Ndiku to go away to his seventh global track title in a row.
It had been a slow race, and Farah’s finishing time of 13 minutes 50.38 seconds was in itself not remarkable, Ndiku 1.37 seconds back in silver and Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet taking bronze from his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha.
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