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Mo Farah Wins 5000m For Rare Olympic And Worlds Distance Double

posted 17 Aug 2013, 05:03 by Mpelembe   [ updated 17 Aug 2013, 05:03 ]

Farah wins 5,000m thriller to add to his 10,000m worlds title - and Olympic titles too.

 MOSCOWRUSSIA (AUGUST 16, 2013)(AMS/DENTSU) --  Briton Mo Farah added the world distance double to the one he achieved at the London Olympics when he bravely held off the Ethiopian and Kenyan challenge in belligerent style to win the 5,000 metres on Friday (August 16).

He needed all of his famed final lap speed to come home in 13:26.98, ahead ofEthiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:27.26) and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech (13:27.26), six days after winning the 10,000 metres in Moscow.

Farah, defending his title from Daegu, became the only man apart from the peerless Kenenisa Bekele to hold the Olympic and world championship distance double simultaneously.

Aleksandr Menkov of Russia brought the stadium crowd to their feet when he jumped 8.56m in the long jump to win gold. Menko first posted an 8.52m then increased that with a seemingly effortless jump, remarkable for its height.

Ignisious Gaisah of Netherlands came second.

Olympic champion Tatyana Lysenko of Russia pleased the crowd again with a championship record throw of 78.80m to beat Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland.

Germany's David Storl retained his world championship shot title in controversial circumstances when his winning throw, originally ruled a foul, was allowed to stand after judges consulted a photographer's camera.

Storl was trailing favourite Ryan Whiting when he launched an obviously big effort in the fourth round, only for it to be ruled a foul for his foot edging over the edge of the circle.

A long discussion with the judges followed, before a measurement was allowed and it proved well worth the trouble for Storl as his season's-best 21.73 metre effort was enough for gold.

American Whiting could not improve on his opening round 21.57 and had to settle for silver ahead of Canada's Dylan Armstrong who took bronze with 21.34.

World 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt anchored an emphatic American men's 4x400 metres relay triumph , a year after they were stunned in the Olympic final by the Bahamas.

The U.S., who have won the world title at every world championships since 2005, had the race sewn up from David Verburg's opening leg, with Tony McQuay andArman Hall extending the advantage to allow Merritt a comfortable last lap.

With Merritt uncatchable, a thrilling duel for second materialised with Jamaica just pipping Russia much to the disappointment of a vociferous crowd roaring homeVladimir Krasnov.

Usain Bolt led three Jamaicans into the final of the men's 200 metres as the world record holder seeks a third successive world title at his favourite distance.

Bolt's team mates Warren Weir and Nickel Ashmeade went through to Saturday's final (1605GMT) as Jamaica bid to match their London Olympics podium sweep.

Hoping to crash their party, however, will be Briton Adam Gemili and USA's Curtis Mitchell, the only runners to go under 20 seconds.

In the evening semis Bolt ran a typically strong bend, eased down, then had to push the last couple of strides after upstart South African Anaso Jobodwana in the next lane looked to take his scalp.

Bolt, smiling down at his rival, pushed on for a 20.12 time while the 21-year-old Jobodwana's personal best 20.13 sent him into the final.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed a brilliant world championship sprint double as she added the 200 metres gold to the 100m title but her path to glory was eased by an injury to Olympic champion Allyson Felix.

Fraser-Pryce, twice Olympic 100 metres champion, ran a brilliant bend and was always in command, coming home in 22.17 seconds to become the first woman since Katrin Krabbe in 1991 to win the world sprint double. American Kelly Whitedid win both races in 2003 but was retrospectively disqualified for doping.

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure, who became the first African woman to finish on the podium in a sprint at the world championships when second in the 100m, got a second silver but only just.

She and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare were both timed at 22.32 but Ahoure took it by sixth thousandths of a second, leaving Okagbare to add bronze to the silver she won in the long jump.

Felix, who had been hoping to become the first athlete to win nine world golds, pulled up with a hamstring injury halfway round the opening bend. She fell to the floor and was eventually carried from the track by her brother Wes.

Results from the World championships Men's 5000m Final

1. Mohamed Farah (Britain) 13:26.98

2. Hagos Gebrhiwet (Ethiopia) 13:27.26

3. Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya) 13:27.26

4. Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) 13:27.67

5. Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Kenya) 13:29.01

6. Bernard Lagat (U.S.) 13:29.24

7. Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) 13:29.56

8. Galen Rupp (U.S.) 13:29.87

9. Yenew Alamirew (Ethiopia) 13:31.27

10. Ryan Hill (U.S.) 13:32.69

11. Dejene Regassa (Bahrain) 13:34.54

12. Elroy Gelant (South Africa) 13:43.58

13. Sindre Buraas (Norway) 13:45.67

14. Zane Robertson (New Zealand) 13:46.55

15. Brett Robinson (Australia) 14:03.77

Results from the World championships Men's Long Jump Final

1. Aleksandr Menkov (Russia) 8.56

2. Ignisious Gaisah (Netherlands) 8.29

3. Luis Rivera (Mexico) 8.27

4. Eusebio Caceres (Spain) 8.26

5. Mauro Vinicius da Silva (Brazil) 8.24

6. Christian Reif (Germany) 8.22

7. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) 8.10

8. Damar Forbes (Jamaica) 8.02

9. Sebastian Bayer (Germany) 7.98

10. Louis Tsatoumas (Greece) 7.98

11. Dwight Phillips (U.S.) 7.87

12. Li Jinzhe (China) 7.86

Results from the World championships Women's Hammer Throw Final on Friday

1. Tatyana Lysenko (Russia) 78.80

2. Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland) 78.46

3. Zhang Wenxiu (China) 75.58

4. Wang Zheng (China) 74.90

5. Anna Bulgakova (Russia) 74.62

6. Yipsi Moreno (Cuba) 74.16

7. Oksana Kondratyeva (Russia) 72.76

8. Eva Orban (Hungary) 72.70

9. Jeneva McCall (U.S.) 72.65

10. Amanda Bingson (U.S.) 72.56

11. Bianca Perie (Romania) 71.25

12. Gulfiya Khanafeyeva (Russia) 71.07

Results from the World championships Women's 200m Final on Friday

1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) 22.17

2. Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) 22.32

3. Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 22.32

4. Shaunae Miller (Bahamas) 22.74

5. Jeneba Tarmoh (U.S.) 22.78

6. Charonda Williams (U.S.) 22.81

7. Mariya Ryemyen (Ukraine) 22.84

Allyson Felix (U.S.) DNF

Results from the World championships Men's Shot Put Final on Friday

1. David Storl (Germany) 21.73

2. Ryan Whiting (U.S.) 21.57

3. Dylan Armstrong (Canada) 21.34

4. Reese Hoffa (U.S.) 21.12

5. Ladislav Prasil (Czech Republic) 20.98

6. Tomasz Majewski (Poland) 20.98

7. German Lauro (Argentina) 20.40

8. Georgi Ivanov (Bulgaria) 20.39

9. Cory Martin (U.S.) 20.09

10. Asmir Kolasinac (Serbia) 19.96

11. Antonin Zalsky (Czech Republic) 19.54

12. Martin Stasek (Czech Republic) 19.10

Results from the World championships Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final

1. U.S. D.Verburg/T.McQuay/A.Hall/L.Merritt 2:58.71

2. Jamaica R.McDonald/E.Steele/O.Johnson/J.Francis 2:59.88

3. Russia M.Dyldin/L.Mosin/S.Petukhov/V.Krasnov 2:59.90

4. Britain C.Williams/M.Rooney/M.Bingham/N.Levine 3:00.88

5. Belgium J.Borlee/D.Borlee/K.Borlee/W.Oyowe 3:01.02

6. Trinidad & Tobago R.Quow/L.Gordon/J.Gordon/J.Solomon 3:01.74

7. Brazil Oliveira/W.Cardoso/A.Henriques/H.De Sousa 3:02.19

8. Australia S.Solomon/A.Beck/C.Burns/T.Thomas 3:02.26