Mo Farah Eyes Golden Double at World Championships After Impressive 10,000m Win

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Mo Farah Eyes Golden Double at World Championships After Impressive 10,000m Win
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Long-distance running star Mo Farah achieved the "golden double" at the 2012 London Olympics, standing on top of the podium for the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races. 

After an impressive performance at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow on Saturday, he is back in line to accomplish the feat again. 

The British star was outstanding at 10,000 meters on Saturday and managed to outlast defending world champion Ibrahim Jeilan over the final 150 meters to earn the gold. With the 5,000-meter final ahead of him, Farah can add another gold medal to his trophy case before leaving Russia next week. 

CNN International had the tweet as Farah crossed the tape:

As noted by Flotrack, it's been more than a decade since a non-Ethiopian won the 10,000-meter race at the World Championships:

Saturday's epic win was Farah's fourth career global (Olympic and World Championship) title. 

Back in 2011, Jeilan outlasted Farah at 10,000 meters at the World Championships. Although the Brit had the early lead and a shot to sweep the 5,000 and 10,000-meter events in Daegu, South Korea, he failed to hold off Jeilan and had to settle for silver. 

Saturday was a different story. 

Farah admitted to the London Evening Standard on Saturday that fear of losing his Olympic 10,000-meter title to Jeilan motivated him at the 2013 event. Over the final few laps of Saturday's race, he also admitted he had flashbacks to 2011's World Championships in South Korea.

"To be honest with you, with the last lap I could see he was there and I was thinking, 'God, I've got to make this lap worth it'," he told the Standard. "I was thinking on the home straight 'not again, not again, not again'."

"Two years ago Jeilan did wonderfully and ran a great race," said Farah. "But ever since then something has been missing and after London you just want to get that feeling again."

With the events in London and Daegu both serving as motivation, Farah ran a smart race and knew just when to strike. Cruising near the back of the pack during the first few laps, he moved into third place with about eight laps to go before making a defining move to the front. 

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Tracked by Jeilan and Kenya's Paul Kipngetich Tanui down the stretch, Farah managed to keep his lead and have enough time to celebrate his victory just before crossing the finish line in Russia. 

The victory affords the British star a chance to achieve the golden double yet again. 

Scheduled to participate in the 5,000-meter event next Friday, he will likely be the favorite among the field. Unlike the 10,000-meter race, he is the defending champion at the shorter distance after bringing home the gold in the event in Daegu and London. 

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Additionally, he is riding one of the best streaks in his professional career. Now the proud holder of all four 5,000 and 10,000-meter global titles, the 30-year-old also posted the fastest time ever by a European at 1,500 meters last month, breaking Steve Cram's record. 

Farah wants to keep his gold at 5,000 meters. Motivated and riding a huge wave of momentum over the next few days, he's a tough man to beat at any distance. 

Arguably the best long-distance runner of his era, he can bolster claims that he's among the all-time greats with another win next Friday. Based on his performance at 10,000 meters and what we've seen over the past three years, it's a safe bet he'll be in the mix down the final straightaway. 

 

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