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More Moscow glory for dominant Mo Farah in 5000 metres

Updated: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 23:15 | Comments

Mo Farah claimed his fifth major championship title in Moscow on Friday
Mo Farah claimed his fifth major championship title in Moscow on Friday

Mo Farah completed the double-double tonight by winning his second gold medal of the World Championships in Moscow to add to his twin Olympic triumphs.

The 30-year-old claimed the 5,000 metres title at the Luzhniki Stadium, producing another trademark lung-bursting kick down the home straight, just six days after racing to glory in the 10,000m.

He won in 13 minutes 26.98 seconds, crossing the line ahead of Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet.

Victory ensured he become only the second man ever after Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele to win both long-distance titles at the Olympics and the World Championships.

It took Farah's tally of global gold medals to five, having also won the 5,000m two years ago in Daegu.

It was doubles all round as Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also completed the double-double.

It was doubles all round as Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also completed the double-double.

But Fraser-Pryce's eagerly-anticipated showdown with three-times champion Allyson Felix was cut short when the elegant American pulled up on the bend and fell to the track after tearing her right hamstring in a dramatic 200m final.

There were also two golds for the hosts as hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko and long jumper Aleksandr Menkov, driven on by a raucous crowd, produced world-leading distances for victory.

Amid the ecstasy of victory, the agony was also clear to see as a distraught Felix, aiming for a record ninth world gold, was carried out of the stadium by her brother Wes at the same time a beaming Fraser-Pryce danced to Bob Marley's 'One Love' on her lap of honour.

"I'm extremely devastated. I was really hoping to go out there and put together a great race," Felix told reporters. "It is a serious injury."

The best starter in the business, Fraser-Pryce blasted out of the blocks and stormed round the bend with a look of sheer determination on her face as Felix, one lane inside, crumpled.

The Jamaican streaked to victory in 22.17 seconds to become the first woman to do the sprint double at the worlds since Katrin Krabbe in 1991.

Usain Bolt should claim another sprint double for Jamaica on Saturday with or without a sore foot after the 100m champion made it safely through the semi-finals of the 200m.

Bolt, who dropped a starting block on his foot earlier in the week, was forced to speed up in the home straight to hold off Anaso Jobodwana and he smiled at the young South African as he crossed the line in 20.12.

"I didn't want to lose the race so I had to switch gears for the last 25 metres," defending world champion Bolt said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how fast I can go in the final. I'd like to get an outside lane it will be easier for me," added the giant sprinter.

Like Bolt, Farah has an aura of invincibility these days and the Brit made certain his name would be included in the pantheon of distance greats by retaining his 5,000m title, six days after winning the 10,000m.

Farah became the only the second man after Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele to hold the Olympic and world distance double simultaneously.

In a cagey race, Farah, who struggled with a stitch early on, began the long sprint for home with 600 metres to go and although his rivals desperately stuck with him, none of them had the speed to go past.

The double Olympic champion crossed the line with his arms outstretched before bringing them to his head in his 'Mobot' pose.

"This double was definitely tougher than the Olympic one because last year nobody knew what I was capable of," he said.

Usually overshadowed by the track action, it was the field events that captivated a partisan crowd, who reserved the biggest cheers of the night for Lysenko and Menkov.

Lysenko's hammer victory got the Russian flags waving as the Olympic champion, who came back from a two-year doping suspension in 2009, set a championship record with a monster throw of 78.80m - the second furthest ever - and bowed to all four sides of the stadium in recognition of their support.

Next came Menkov, who broke the Russian long jump record twice on the way to winning with 8.56m in a final in which six men leapt over 8.20m.

Four-times world champion Dwight Phillips of the US had postponed his retirement in a bid for one final golden moment but the 35-year-old finished down in 11th with 7.88m.

Germany's David Storl retained his world shot put title in controversial circumstances when his winning throw of 21.73m, originally ruled a foul, was allowed to stand after judges consulted a photographer's camera.

Normal service had resumed for the USby the end of the night with the men's 4x400 relay team dominating the race to win in 2:58.71.

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