World Athletics Championships: GB’s Mo Farah eases into 5000m final

Mo Farah's bid to add the World 10,000m and 5,000m titles to his Olympic golds remains on track after he eased into the final

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Mo Farah is comfortably through to Friday's final Photo: Erik van Leeuwen/Wikimedia

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah showed no ill effects of his 10,000m world triumph as he returned to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the 5,000m heats.

The 30-year-old, who is the defending world champion over the shorter distance, was never stretched as he came home fifth in his heat in a time of 13:23.93minutes.

Farah is bidding to become only the second man after Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele to do the long-distance double at both an Olympics and a World Championships in Moscow.

And, after jogging over the line alongside training partner Galen Rupp of the USA, Farah insisted that all his attention was now focused on rest and recovery ahead of Friday’s final.

“That was alright, I just wanted to do as little work as possible,” he said. “Freshen my legs up and just get ready for the final and I did that.

“I feel alright, the team and the physio have been looking after me and other than that I have just been resting up.

“This is just prelims, which is always going to feel harder, you know you have got to get up early in the morning and I’m not a morning person.

“But you have to deal with it, get it out the way and Galen and I knew the top five qualified so we just saved as much energy as possible.

“I just wanted to run comfortably, it was about going through so that was a job well done and it’s on to the next step now.”

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