Mo Farah says Daegu heartbreak inspired Moscow victory
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Mo Farah said memories of missing out on gold two years ago in Daegu inspired him to push hard for 10,000m victory at the World Championships.
The double Olympic champion held off the challenge of Ibrahim Jeilan on the final lap to secure the title which eluded him in 2011.
Defending champion Jeilan threatened to overtake the Briton, just as he did in the last 150m in South Korea.
But Farah said: "I was thinking 'not again, not again, not again'."
The 30-year-old won in 27 minutes 21.71sec, producing a 54.49sec last lap, to finish ahead of the Ethiopian.
"Two years ago Jeilan did wonderfully and ran a great race," said Farah after becoming the first Briton to win a 10,000m world title.
"But ever since then something has been missing and after London you just want to get that feeling again.
"It was very exciting. I knew what Jeilan was capable of so it was important I had something left.
"To be honest, with the last lap I could see he was there and I was thinking, 'God, I've got to make this lap worth it'."
He dedicated his win to his three daughters. The twins who were born shortly after the Olympics regarded him as a stranger, Farah said, because of his prolonged absences during training.
"I've been away from them so much, like four months at a time," explained Britain's greatest distance runner.
"Parents will understand that, but they don't recognise me. They see me as a stranger. Sometimes when you go home for three or four days it is hard."
Farah now owns more Olympic and World Championship gold medals than any other British athlete, overtaking triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and decathlete Daley Thompson as he took his tally to four with Saturday's victory.
The Londoner has his sights on a fifth in Moscow, a target he will reach should he retain his 5,000m title. If he does so, Farah will become only the second man in history to hold 10,000m and 5,000m titles at both Olympic and world level.
The 5,000m heats start on Tuesday while the final will be held on Friday evening.