Mo Farah Will Win Second Gold at World Championships

Joe StrangeContributor IAugust 14, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 10:  Gold medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain  on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 10000 metresduring Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Despite finishing fifth in his 5000-metre heat on Tuesday morning, Mo Farah remains on course to win his second gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow.

The British runner came out on top in an exciting 10,000-metre final on Saturday, pipping Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan for first place.

The result was sweet revenge for Farah, who finished second to Jeilan in the same event at the World Championships in Daegu two years ago.

He is now in prime position to complete a second historic double after winning the 5000-metre and 10,000-metre titles at last year's Olympic Games in London.

Speaking after qualifying for Friday's final, Farah told The Daily Telegraph:

That was alright. I just wanted to do as little work as possible, freshen my legs up and get ready for the final. I did that, so I’ve just got to recover now and get ready for Friday.

To the untrained eye, the Londoner's fifth place finish may have been a worry. But Farah's explanation points towards a supreme confidence in his own ability.

After being spotted talking with his training partner Galen Rupp on the home straight, he added:

We looked across and with the top five qualifying we knew were going to do that, so it was about saving as much energy as we could.

Farah's quotes and time of 13 minutes and 23.93 seconds both indicate that he was quite happy to take it easy during qualification, providing he did enough to give himself a shot at gold.

The fact that he is able to make it to a World Championship final with such ease proves that not only is he an athlete with fantastic ability, but that his self-belief is sky-high. An irresistible combination.

On Friday he will face stiff competition to retain the World Championship 5000-metre title he won two years ago.

Seven runners in the field have run faster than him this season, while five have a quicker personal best than his 12 minutes and 53.11 seconds.

The biggest threats to Farah rewriting the history books would appear to be Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa, American Bernard Lagat and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech.

Despite the competition, Farah remains the most likely to come out on top in the Luzhniki Stadium.

His eye-catching performances over the last year are sure to have his rivals worried, and they will be well aware of his devastating pace in the latter stages of each race he runs.

Farah will need to go up a couple of gears from his qualification performance in the final, but there's no doubt, even with tired legs after his 10,000-metre win, that he has the talent to emerge victorious.

And the most important thing is that he knows it.