World Athletics 2011: Mo Farah wins 5,000m gold

Mo Farah secures GB's second gold in 5,000m easing his disappointment in 10,000m final last weekend

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Farah smashed the European 10,000m record earlier this summer Photo: Erik van Leeuwen

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Great Britain’s Mo Farah won gold in the 5,000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Deagu on Sunday.

Farah overcame the disappointment of missing out on first place in the 10,000m final last weekend to secure Britain’s second gold medal of the Championships.

The 28-year-old held off a late surge from USA’s Bernard Lagat on the final lap to claim his first world title in 13 minutes, 23.36.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said a delighted Farah afterwards. “I wanted to put things right after the 10k. It was key today to wind it up and not let anyone go past me and then dig in after that. I knew Bernard Lagat coming up from 1500m would have the speed.

“The race came down to a sprint finish and I am glad I took it. I believe in my coach and that’s important mentally. You have to be strong. When you come so close to gold, you want that gold. You do everything you can.”

The British athlete moved to America earlier this summer to be closer to his new coach, three-time New York Marathon winner Alberto Salazar.

The move appeared to pay dividends as Farah smashed the European 10,000m record with a time of 26 minutes 46.57 seconds in June.

And the newly-crowned 5,000m champion expressed his satisfaction with his results since his move from London to Oregon.

“My coaches said ‘believe in yourself’ and I did and it worked and the sacrifices like moving away from home to the US to train have paid off,” Farah added.

Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Phillips Idowu took triple jump silver as he posted a season-best 17.70m in the third round – but he was unable to match American Christian Taylor’s 17.96m effort.

“It wasn’t my day,” said the 2009 world champion. “I felt I had that distance in my legs but it never came.

“I jumped two season’s best. It wasn’t enough but hopefully I can do it next year [at the London 2012 Olympics] and get gold.”

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