Farah surges to Moscow gold
Mo Farah proved he is still the undisputed king of distance running by racing to 10,000 metres gold at the World Championships in Moscow.
The double Olympic champion produced his now customary devastating final lap to defeat the Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan, the man who pipped him to the crown two years ago in Daegu.
The Briton took the lead with two laps to go, having recovered from an apparent stumble, and had the strength in the home straight to hold off Jeilan and take victory in 27 minutes 21.71 seconds.
The victory made up for the disappointment of Daegu when Farah was beaten into silver by Jeilan, an athlete he admitted he had never heard of before the race.
He responded by winning the 5,000m title and then unforgettably taking double gold at the Olympic Stadium.
The 30-year-old had said ahead of Moscow he now has a target on his back every time he raced, but warned his rivals he was a better athlete this year than at London 2012.
He was not wrong. Farah has honed his ferocious kick, helped by the sort of speed which saw him break the European 1500m record in Monaco last month, and his finishing speed was once again in evidence here.
A 54.49secs last lap saw off his rivals and Farah spread his arms wide as he crossed the line, even if the cheers from the meagre crowd inside the Luzhniki Stadium was in stark contrast to the roar which urged him on last summer.
The Kenyans and Ethiopians, assembled at the front, looked keen to work together to stop the favourite.
Farah, after all, was the only Briton in the 32-strong field, but he had
American training partners Galen Rupp, the silver medallist in London, and Dathan Ritzenhein alongside him and he took closer order with eight laps remaining.
There was a scare when he stumbled after an apparent clash of legs four laps from the end, but he managed to keep his feet - and his head.
Defending champion Jeilan briefly threatened to produce an upset yet again as he too finished strongly, but Farah was a different proposition this time around.
Jeilan took the silver, 0.52secs behind Farah, with Kenya's Paul Kipngetich Tanui getting bronze, 0.90s behind the winner.
Paula Radcliffe, the marathon world record holder, was full of praise for
"A 54-second last lap in this sort of humidity is impressive,'' she told BBC Sport.
"Farah will have been having a few anxious moments in that last 150m with Ibrahim Jeilan, the same man who beat him in 2011, on his shoulder, but I think if he had really, really been pushed Mo would have found another gear.
"In Daegu he panicked a bit, but this time, even as his legs grew heavy, he did not.''