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Confusion reigns as tired Farah just makes cut for 5,000 final

August 13, 2013 17:41 IST

In his own words, Briton’s Mo Farah “is no morning person”.

New world 10,000 metres champion Mo Farah brushed the sleep from his eyes and forced his tired legs around 15 laps of the track to qualify for the 5,000 final on a sunny Tuesday morning at the Luzhniki in Moscow.

Luckily Farah, favourite to retain his 5,000 crown and match his distance double from the 2012 London Olympics, did it with ease.

Isiah Kiplangat Koech of Kenya, Edwin Cheruiyot Soi of Kenya and Mo Farah of Great Britain compete during the Men's 5000 metres heats on day 4 of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on TuesdayWith the first five finishers in each heat guaranteed a place in the final, the Briton was happy to take take it easy, crossing the line in fifth behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris with fastest man in the world this year, Edwin Soi of Kenya in second.

"Today it was pretty hard to get up in the morning as I am not a morning person, though I had to wake up at 6 a.m.," he said.

"But we've just got to deal with it, get it out of the way and get ready for the final.

"I just wanted to do as little work as possible, freshen my legs up and get through to the final. I did that so I've just got to recover now and get ready for Friday," the 30-year-old said.

But the day was filled with confusion for the athletes. First, Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet almost took the wrong bus from the hotel and arrived just in time for the race.

He won the first heat despite the glitch.

"We arrived so late that we went straight into the race without a proper warm up but luckily everything went well," he said."

Later, 20-km walk winner Elena Lashmanova almost made a costly mistake after slowing down in the stadium at the end of the race because she was unclear where the finish was.

"The judges didn't really explain to us that we should do one lap before the home straight and finish, that's why I stopped for a second at the stadium but I quickly understood I should keep going," said the 21-year-old who added the world title to her Olympic gold.

Aside from the hosts, the two blocks of yellow and blue clad Ukrainians in the stands had plenty to cheer about and added some much-needed atmosphere to yet another poorly attended qualifying session.

Ukraine's Ganna Melnichenko held on to her overnight heptathlon lead after season's bests in the long jump (6.49 metres) and the javelin (41.87) gave her a total of 5,619 points.

But she has only a 68-point cushion heading into a what should be a thrilling final event, the 800 metres later on Tuesday (1610).

Canada's Brianne Theisen Eaton, wife of world decathlon champion Ashton Eaton, moved up into second on 5,551 and former world junior champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands is third on 5,492.

Other Ukraine medal favourites Olha Saladuha, defending triple jump champion, and high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko both topped their respective qualifying rounds.

Five other medals will be decided in the evening session with Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva likely to pull the crowds in as she goes for a third, and possibly final, world title.

Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images