Farah worried over late stumble

Mo Farah feared a last-lap stumble had killed his hopes of a sixth straight global title - but he came through a challenge he branded the toughest of his career to land gold over 10,000 metres at the World Championships in Beijing.

Farah was ruthlessly focused amid a summer of speculation as he burst away from the twin Kenyan challenge of Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Paul Tanui down the home straight.

The outcome could have been so different, though, as a tangle of legs in the closing stages threatened to send him crashing to the track.

Mo Farah celebrates after winning gold in Beijing

Mo Farah celebrates after winning gold in Beijing

But the 32-year-old, who has endured a tumultuous season, caught up in the doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar, kept his feet and his cool to come home first in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.

"The last lap, that was close," said Farah, who took on water early in the race due to the hot and humid conditions.

"At one point, I honestly thought I was gone as I stumbled and I was thinking, 'Not 24 laps into it, the last lap'.

"I was trying to go round and the Kenyan guy Geoffrey caught my leg.

"So I almost stumbled and managed to stay on my feet, go round to the front and make sure I had something left at the end. It was close, it wasn't easy."

The double Olympic champion, back at the Bird's Nest stadium, the scene of the biggest disappointment of his career when he failed to make the final of the 2008 Games, has now not lost at an Olympics or World Championships since 2011.

Farah was in a pack of five well clear of the field for most of the race. It included American Galen Rupp, his training partner at the Nike Oregon Project in Portland, and, ominously, three Kenyan team-mates.

The trio did their best to end the Briton's run of domination, working together to push the pace in a bid to neutralise his finishing speed.

It did not work as the Briton was able to work a little with Rupp to combat their tactics, and then kept his balance amid the tangling feet and flailing arms, kicking away to cross the line with a roar of delight and more than half a second to spare.

This race was almost half a minute quicker than his 10,000m triumph at London 2012 and 20 seconds faster than his victory at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Asked if it was the hardest of his wins, he said: "Yeah, for sure. I think the Olympics were pretty tough because of the pressure, being at home, I felt that a lot.

"But at the same time it was never that quick, so it always came down to the last bit, but tonight it was hard."

The double Olympic champion has admitted his name has been dragged through the mud over his links to Salazar, although he himself has been accused of no wrongdoing and his coach has denied the allegations against him.

This win was the ideal way to answer his critics.

"Definitely relief," said Farah when questioned on his emotions given the year he has had.

"It's for everyone that supported me and believed in me. I genuinely enjoy running and love what I do. It's great to win here tonight and to be able to back it up year after year is pretty incredible.

"It means a lot because there's sometimes certain things that happen out of your control.

"You can only control what you do and I am controlling what I am doing and winning races.

"I'm 32 now and it's nice to still be winning races at that age and hopefully I still have a couple of years hopefully in terms of track and then we'll see what I can do on the roads."

Farah, will go in the heats of the 5,000m in four days time and admitted another long-distance double was "possible".

Earlier on Saturday, Laura Muir and Laura Weightman progressed in the 1500m, the latter fortunately appearing to emerge relatively unscathed from a heavy fall just after crossing the line.

Elsewhere, there were gold medals for Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie in the marathon and Germany's Christina Schwanitz in the shot put.

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