Mo Farah: 10,000m title didn’t come cheap
Sir Mo Farah hailed the ‘greatest win’ of his career on the opening night of the World Championships – before ending his press conference early in order to get treatment for cuts.
The brutal and physical nature of Farah’s thrilling 10,000m win was laid bare by the numerous cuts Brit’s left leg, which he revealed might need stitches after his battle with the East African contingent.
He was twice tripped in a pulsating final lap before recovering to win his 10th global title in 26:49.53, ahead of Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei.
The 34-year-old, five years on from winning the 10,000m gold at the London Olympics, said: ‘It was the greatest win. It was one of the toughest races of my life. The guys gave it to me.
‘It was about, “How do we beat Mo?” You had the Kenyans, you had the Ethiopians, you had the Ugandans, and everybody work as a team against me. Fair play to them. They worked their hardest and they chucked everything at me.
‘I just had to stay strong, believe in myself and think, “I didn’t work for nothing. I’m losing in my home town. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t”.’
Farah, who will chase his seventh world title in the 5,000m next Saturday, added: ‘I am hurt. I just had to be strong now and see the doctors. I’ve got a few cuts and bruises but I just have to recover and get ready for the 5K. I’ve got enough days.’