Aug 19, 2016

    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

    on qualification.

    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

    Hagos Gebrhiwet.

    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.