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Britain's Farah wins world 10,000 metres title

Last updated on: August 10, 2013 22:18 IST

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah's famed final lap sprint put paid to any hopes Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan had of retaining his 10,000 metres title at the world championships on Saturday.

In Daegu two years ago, Jeilan nipped in at the line to deny Farah a first world title but this time he was left watching the Briton's heels as Farah pulled away to win in 27:21.71.

The Ethiopian had to settle for silver in 27:22.23 and Kenya's Paul Tanui took third in 27:22.61.

Mo Farah"I had the experience from two years ago," Farah told BBC radio.

"I knew I just had to cover every move and the guys were going to go out there to take a lot out of me. I was just digging in, digging in."

Hot favourite Farah, competing in his first race over the distance since winning gold at the London Games, looked calm and collected throughout the final on a sultry evening at the Luzhniki stadium.

Knowing he could outsprint the opposition, Farah was happy to settle into the pack for most of the race, leaving the Kenyans and Ethiopians to set the pace before making his move on the penultimate lap.

The 30-year-old, who plans to defend his 5,000 metres title, moved to the front and began to wind up the pace but there was still a leading group of six at the bell.

Farah kicked again and was followed by Jeilan but coming down the home straight the Ethiopian knew he was beaten.

Image: Mo Farah

Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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