Mo Farah grabs gold again at the IAAF World Championships

Mo Farah nabs gold again in London. Here's how it played out.

August 4th, 2017 by | Posted in London 2017 | Tags: , , , ,

Coming in to the IAAF World Championships in London, Mo Farah was the man to beat in the 10,000m. No one did. 

The distance runner who many claim to be unbeatable proved himself on the track today on day one of the championships. The men’s 10,000m was one of the opening events along with the men’s 100m preliminaries and the heats in the women’s 1,500m. A strong strand of 10,000m runners lined the start in the stadium in London this evening but Farah came out on top running 26:49.51 in a world leading time. 

Second to him was Joshua Cheptegei who clocked 26:49.94 in the end followed by Paul Tanui in 26:50.60. (For full results, see here.) 

Farah’s gold medal from this World Championship event is also his sixth world title and represents his third first place in the 10,000m at the World Championships.  

The race was an exciting one – to say the least. Though the man is seemingly undefeatable, for a portion of today’s race, it looked like his reputation was in jeopardy. Yes, he’s a pro, but so too are all of his competitors who planted their feet on the start line in London today looking to take down the British athlete. For a section towards the latter end of the race, Tanui made him work for his gold medal. As spectators watched the battle take place, Farah almost went down in a scuttle towards the outside lane. As always though, Farah proved to be the dominant 10,000m runner, rectified the blunder and moved to the front of the pack. 

In the final two laps, while the other front-of-the-pack runners looked strong, Farah was the only one who looked relaxed. It’s exactly that that allowed the announcers to confidently decide that yet another gold medal was in his reach. 

Canada sees yet another record

As Canadians know, there was more than one Mo in today’s race. Mo Ahmed went into the 10,000m as the only athlete to wear the Team Canada uniform. Ahmed is a strong runner and today he made Canada proud by re-setting the record books. He ran 27:02.35. That’s the best time a Canadian has ever run.