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Britain’s Mo Farah Crowned World 5000m Champion

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 5, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
Mo Farah narrowly defeats American Bernard Lagat in the men's 5000m World Championship final. Photo: The Mirror.

American Bernard Lagat won the silver medal.

Mo Farah narrowly defeats American Bernard Lagat in the men's 5000m World Championship final. Photo: The Mirror.

After winning the 10,000m World Championship silver medal earlier in the week, Mo Farah said he was going to try to better his situation and grab gold in the 5,000m final. His statement proved to be true when he was the first runner to cross the finish line on Sunday. His winning time was 13:23.36.

“It was perfection,” said Dave Moorcroft, the former British 5000m record holder. “It was everything we hoped he could produce, that he didn’t quite produce in the 10,000m as brave as that was.”

Moorcroft was referring to Farah’s loss to relative unknown Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan who clocked a blazing 52-second closing lap in the 10,000m to narrowly defeat the Somali-born British runner.

“I learnt a lot from the 10K,” Farah noted. “I didn’t have anything left then. This time I did. I just had to go out there and try to relax; do what I did in the 10K but get it right this time.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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