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Mo Farah, Shelly-Ann complete golden double

Last updated on: August 16, 2013 23:26 IST

Mo Farah

Briton Mo Farah added the world distance double to the one he achieved at the London Olympics when he bravely held off the Ethiopian and Kenyan challenge in belligerent style to win the 5,000 metres at the World Athletics Championships on Friday.

He needed all of his famed final lap speed to come home in 13:26.98 seconds, ahead of Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:27.26s) and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech (13:27.26s), six days after winning the 10,000 metres in Moscow.

Bolt leads Jamaican assault on 200m final

Farah, defending his title from Daegu, becomes the only man apart from the peerless Kenenisa Bekele to hold the Olympic and World championship distance double simultaneously.

In a final of muddling and erratic pace, the trio of Ethiopians and Kenyans did their best to disrupt the Briton with team tactics but Farah, towards the back early on, went to the front with three laps to go and would not yield.

Easy 200m win for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Soon after, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed a remarkable sprint double-double as she added the 200 meters gold to the 100 she won earlier in the week having scooped both medals at last year's Olympics.

However, her eagerly-awaited showdown with Allyson Felix failed to materialize as the American, seeking a record ninth World championship gold, pulled up with a hamstring injury early in the race and collapsed in tears.

Fraser-Pryce ran a brilliant bend and was always in command, coming home in 22.17 seconds.

Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, also second in the 100 meters, pipped Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare by sixth thousandths of a second for silver. 

Image: Mo Farah

Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images