Currently basking in the success of his World Championship triumph, Mo Farah can consider himself king of his realm and the first Briton ever to win a 10,000-metre world title.
Beating fierce opposition in the forms of Ethiopa’s Ibrahim Jeilan and Kenya’s Paul Kipngetich Tanui, the Somalian-born London native has established a clear breaking of the boundaries in world athletics as a result of his latest feat.
Having burst onto the global scene circa 2008, Farah, now training out of Portland, Ore., has held just about every accolade the long-distance world has to offer, ranging from indoor European Championships to Olympic gold.
However, the 30-year-old’s success isn’t set to end there, and Tuesday morning brings with it the 5,000-metre men’s heat.
Assuming Farah will make it through that initial race, he’ll then have to wait until Friday for the event’s final, handing him the opportunity to defend the title he won in Daegu back in 2011.
Preparation hasn’t gone quite as planned for the distance sensation, though, famed for his quick finishes, an attribute which was rightly on display over the weekend when Farah’s final lap was completed in just 54.49 seconds.
The champion was quick to celebrate his feat via Twitter:
Following his 10,000-metre triumph, Farah was forced to warm down outside of Moscow’s usual area, per the Press Association (h/t Daily Mail).
According to the runner, he was then left with little other choice than to have his massage in the woods just outside the Luzhniki Stadium:
It was unbelievable. I finished drug-testing, everybody was leaving and I had to see Neil Black because I always see him. We tried to go through and they weren't having it, they wouldn't let us in.
I was like, "I just want to go and see the physio". But they wouldn't let us through.
Rihanna was like, "There's daddy's medal here". But they weren't having it and so we came outside and just did it under a tree.
It was for recovery, to make sure everything's okay. Neil knows, in terms of my body, better than anyone else. He's the physio I always see. Without Neil my body definitely wouldn't be the same.
Even with the hiccup, though, Farah’s opponents can only pray that their rival is rocked as a result of his post-race frustrations, as the resolve shown by the Briton in recent years has seemed untouchable at times.
On so many occasions does a talented athlete rise through the ranks, only to be handed the burden of an entire nation, a trait which seems to be emphasised among British audiences more than most.
Instead of crumbling under that pressure, Farah completed arguably the greatest race of his life in Moscow on Saturday, crossing the finish line with a time of 27 minutes and 21.71 seconds.
One of only two athletes racing in both the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre event, Farah’s double will be made all the sweeter considering his increased involvement in Russia this year.
One doesn’t gain that sort of reputation unless it’s duly deserved, however, and if there’s anyone capable, Mo Farah is the man to pull off such a task.
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