Mo Farah's Second Gold Would Prove He's Britain's Greatest Long-Distance Runner

Joshua HaywardContributor IAugust 15, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 10:  Mo Farah of Great Britain crosses the line to win gold in the Men's 10000 metres final during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Described as Britain's greatest-ever long-distance runner by former British Olympic bronze medalist Brendan Foster, Mo Farah will look to cement his place in athletics history as he aims for a second gold at this year's World Championships in Moscow.

The 30-year-old will become only the second man ever to hold 10,000m and 5000m Olympic and World titles, following Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, if he is first to the finish line during the shorter of the two distances on Friday.

Farah famously claimed double-gold during last year's London Olympics, as the Telegraph reported, and confirmed his place at the very peak of 10,000m greatness on Saturday when he was crowned World Champion.

Following the race, and with expectations ahead of Friday's 5000m final rising, Farah insisted that he wasn't thinking about claiming the second of the two titles and was concentrating more on preparing his body for his next event.

Speaking to the BBC, Farah said: 

You have to do the job without going crazy.

My body feels good, the team have been looking after me well and I'm recovering well.

Mogadishu-born Mo—now famous for his celebratory Mobot—qualified for Friday's final in fifth place, the last of the automatic qualifying spots with a time of 13 minutes 23.93 seconds.

The fifth-place finish isn't something that will bother Farah, though, with the athlete stating that he wanted to do 'just enough' to reach the final whilst expending the least amount of energy as possible.

In an interview after his heat, Farah said:

I just wanted to do as little work as possible to be fresh in the legs, ready for the final.

Galen [Rupp, American long-distance runner and Farah's training partner] and I looked across and, with top five qualifying, I said "save as much energy as you can." I wanted to run comfortably and not sprint all out and tire myself out for the Friday.

The Brit faces a tough field, with usual contenders from Ethiopia and Kenya occupying six of the 15 berths. Ethiopians Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yenew Alamirew and Kenyan Isaiah Kiplangat Koech are the main contenders that Farah will battle it out with as he bids for an unprecedented second gold, with the three running personal bests of 12:47.53, 12:48.77 and 12:48.64 respectively—all around five seconds quicker than Farah's PB.

But, more important than previous fastest times, Farah has a 5000m Olympic gold medal to look to in times of inspiration—something of which he will surely do as he looks to turn Seb Coe's claim into certainty.