LONDON, Sporting Alert — Mo Farah used another master class tactic to win the first gold medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London after he ran away with the men’s 10,000m crown on Friday night.
OVERCOMING THE DUMPS
The reigning champion entered the championships as the favourite but had to work super hard to defend this one after his rivals employed new tactics to throw off his game.
Still, Farah managed to shake off the obstacles, including a few leg clippings, to win his third successive world championships title over the 10,000m and clocked a world-leading time of 26:49.51.
The Great Britain legend will retire from the track at the end of the 5,000m, which takes place later at the championships.
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda finished very strongly down the home stretch to blow by Kenya’s Paul Tanui and grabbed the silver medal in a personal best time of 26:49.94.
Tanui, struggling all the way home, grabbed the bronze medal with a seasonal best time of 26:50.60.
Shadrack Kipchirchir was the highest American finisher, at ninth with a personal best time of 27:07.55.
BOLT STILL LOOKS RUSTY
Meanwhile, Usain Bolt strolled into the semi-finals of the men’s 100m after the Jamaican posted a time of 10.07 seconds to win his heat, but he admits he has work to do.
Bolt, who is seeking to win his fourth IAAF World Championships 100m gold medal, wasn’t as smooth as he would have liked and he was seen shaking his head in disapproval as he crossed the finishing line.
The 30-year-old world record holder also voiced his frustration with the starting blocks after he slipped at the start of the race and needed to play catch up.
Running the fastest time of the heats was Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Julian Forte, who equalled his personal best with a time of 9.99 seconds to win the third section.
American Christian Coleman looked very smooth when winning the opening heat in 10.01, while his countrymen Justin Gatlin (10.05) and Christopher Belcher (10.13) also earned semi-finals slots.
Yohan Blake of Jamaica, the 2011 world champion, ran 10.13 for second in his heat, which was won by Japan’s rising star Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, who ran a personal best of 10.05.
The semi-finals and final are set for Saturday.
Elsewhere, Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba led Caster Semenya of South Africa, Dutch woman Sifan Hassan and Kenyan Faith Kipyegon into the semi-finals of the women’s 1500m.