Farah on track for a double despite heat
MO FARAH survived another stumble to battle through to the final of the 5,000m
as the Briton remained on course for a prized Olympic distance "double-double".
He recovered from a fall
to win the 10,000m gold
last weekend and almost went down again on the last lap
of his heat in the shorter race after being clipped by American Hassan Mead,
who did fall and missed out
Farah is seeking to become the second man after Finland's Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles but said he still felt the
strain of the longer race
in his legs during Wednesday's run in 32 deg C heat.
"It's hot, I've just got to recover... I haven't recovered (from the 10,000m) as well
as I'd wanted," he said.
Farah just about maintained his balance after his stumble to qualify safely in a heat
won by Ethiopian
The latter is likely to be one of Farah's chief rivals
in the final.
Gebrhiwet, 22, missed
the 10,000m to concentrate his efforts on the shorter race after taking silver and bronze behind Farah over 5,000m
in the last two world championships.