Farah wins gold for Britain in 5,000

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Mo Farah became  Britain’s first 5,000 metres world champion with a sensational  victory yesterday, giving his country a much-needed boost ahead  of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Farah, who had the gold medal in the 10,000 agonisingly  snatched from his grasp by Ibrahim Jeilan, looked in trouble  early on when he grabbed a cup of water from a table on the  track and rubbed it into his scalp while running at the back of  the pack.

But the Somali-born athlete moved up the field at the  halfway mark and dug deep over the final 600 to see off American  Bernard Lagat and Ethiopia’s Imane Merga in a straight sprint  for the line.
Farah, the fastest man in the world over 5,000 and 10,000  coming into the championships in Daegu, won in a time of 13  minutes 23.36.

“I’m very proud, I can’t believe it. It hasn’t quite sunk  in,” Farah said. “I came so close in the 10,000. I just had to  try and dig in. I just had to try and relax and get it right.   “It’s a great feeling, it’s an amazing feeling.”

Farah’s tactics had been called into question when he struck  for home early in the 10,000, but yesterday he got it just  right, moving on to the shoulders of the leaders with two laps  to go and kicking hard with his blazing finishing speed.

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