British legend, Mo Farah has completed the first leg of his golden track finale by successfully defending his 10,000 metres title at the 2017 World Championships in London on Friday.
He won in 26 minutes 49.51 seconds for his sixth world title.
The 34-year-old, who is expected to retire later this month, survived being clipped twice from behind in the final lap, nearly tripping over, before reproducing a trademark burst down the home straight to break away from Ugandan silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei and Kenyan bronze medal winner Paul Tanui.
Cheptegei clocked a lifetime best 26:49.94 and Tanui 26:50.60 but, five years to the very night when he won the 25-lap title at his home Olympics on ‘Super Saturday’ in the same London Stadium, Farah had still not lost that invincible aura.
“What a way to end my career in London. It’s special,” Farah said, after hugging his children on the track.
“It was amazing. I had to get my head around it and I got a bit emotional at the start. I had to get in the zone.
“It wasn’t an easy race. I work on everything and it’s been a long journey.”
Farah, a Knight of the British Empire, before Friday’s win, had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown.
But now his hopes of a double is now in jeopardy after requiring medical treatment following Friday’s epic victory.
“I am hurt, I just have to be strong now and see the doctors.
“I’ve got a few cuts and bruises, perhaps I will need a few stitches, I need to recover and get ready, I’ve got enough days.”
The 5000m heats are slated for Wednesday, with the final on Saturday.