Farah completes ‘triple double’ in Beijing
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29 August 2015
Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) completed an unprecedented triple double as he claimed his second gold of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
Seven days on from winning 10,000m gold, there was just no answer from FarahÃ¢ÂÂs opposition in his quest to retain his 5,000m title. Farah started the race sat at the back of the pack as the race eased through 4km in a comfortable 11:31.18, before a blistering 2:19.20 last kilometre saw him triumph once again crossing the line in 13:50.80.ÃÂ
However, it once again relied on FarahÃ¢ÂÂs last lap kick after KenyaÃ¢ÂÂs Caleb Ndiku made a brave attempt to dethrone the 32 year old. The result was never in doubt as he clocked an astonishing 52.6 second last 400m to bypass Ndiku and add to his claim his second gold in the BirdÃ¢ÂÂs Nest Stadium.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs definitely been hard, but itÃ¢ÂÂs been incredible to make history and win so many medals for my country. It means so much.
Ã¢ÂÂSeven years ago with (Kenenisa) Bekele winning everything, I remember saying to myself of all the medals he has, if he gives me only one. To change in seven years, is incredible and it hasnÃ¢ÂÂt been easy.
Ã¢ÂÂIf you said to me seven years ago you would have one medal, I would have said okay. To win as many medals as I have is incredible.Ã¢ÂÂ
After taking up much of the front running until the halfway point, FarahÃ¢ÂÂs teammate Tom Farrell (Mark Rowland) finished in 15th place in 14:08.87.
In the womenÃ¢ÂÂs 4x100m, the quartet of Asha Philip (Steve Fudge), Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie), Jodie Williams (Christine Bowmaker) and Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) broke the British record en route to a fourth place finish.
The relay team made it the fourth British record to fall at the BirdÃ¢ÂÂs Nest, taking the previous best time of 42.21 down to 42.10.ÃÂ
Williams, who ran the third leg of the record-breaking relay said: Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs bittersweet Ã¢ÂÂ national record but fourth place, we were definitely coming for a medal. Everything went as planned, the changeovers were smooth and we really, really pushed the boundaries so I donÃ¢ÂÂt think we could have done much better.Ã¢ÂÂ
After securing her place in the 800m courtesy of a lifetime best of 1:58.86, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Ayo Falola) went sub-1:59 once again to finish fifth in her first major global final. The 25 year old showed her world-class pedigree with an impressive performance, which saw her cross the line in 1:58.99 meaning that the two fastest times of her career have come in the BirdÃ¢ÂÂs Nest Stadium.
Oskan-Clarke said: Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm happy that I came here and managed to get to the final and show everyone that I can compete with everyone, and with the best of the world. I really just wanted to hold on down the home straight, but IÃ¢ÂÂm happy and itÃ¢ÂÂs been a great experience.Ã¢ÂÂ
It was heartbreak for the menÃ¢ÂÂs 4x100m team after missing the final changeover between James Ellington (Linford Christie) and Chijindu Ujah (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo). Smooth changes from Richard Kilty to Danny Talbot (Dan Cossins) on to Ellington, set the team up for a strong finish, but they were unfortunately unable to bring the baton home.
After the disappointment, Talbot added: Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs not just me Ã¢ÂÂ weÃ¢ÂÂve all done our bit, weÃ¢ÂÂve all come here to be the best in the world and we havenÃ¢ÂÂt done it and itÃ¢ÂÂs not good enough.
Ã¢ÂÂWe are easily in the top three nations in the world but weÃ¢ÂÂre just not doing it. We win as a team, we lose as a team. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not just the four on the track. ItÃ¢ÂÂs also Harry (Aikines-Aryeetey) who ran this morning, Adam (Gemili) who came out here, hasnÃ¢ÂÂt run, but put himself on the line because he wants to be part of the team, weÃ¢ÂÂve got Ojie (Edoburun). WeÃ¢ÂÂve all got to come together and weÃ¢ÂÂll come back.Ã¢ÂÂ
British Athletics medals at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China
Gold (4) Ã¢ÂÂ
Mo Farah (5000m & 10,000m)
Jessica Ennis-Hill (Heptathlon)
Greg Rutherford (Long jump)
Silver (1)ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ
Shara Proctor (Long Jump)