Mo Farah defends 10,000 meters title despite fierce challenge from Kenyan runners at the 2015 World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
British runner Mo Farah successfully retained his 10,000 meters world title on Saturday evening in Beijing, China in a very competitive race. The Somali born runner came into the Championship under huge criticism as his coach Alberto Salazar is currently under investigation for a doping scandal involving an Olympic silver medalist who coincidentally also participated in Saturday’s race.
Farah is looking to be the first man in history to win the 10,000meter and 5,000meter in back to back world championships after his feat in Daegu in 2011 in Korea. He also has not lost a 10,000 meter race since 2011.
The Kenyan team of Paul Tanui, World cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and the experienced Bedan Karoki Muchiri dominated the early proceedings seemingly keeping Farah at bay but Farah took the lead during the penultimate run where he put on the afterburners with a lung bursting 54 second lap to win the race in 27:01.13 minutes. Geoffrey Kamworor claimed the silver with 27:01.76 and Paul Tanui claimed the bronze with a time of 27:02.83. Galen Rupp finished in fifth place.
In other results Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay all qualified for the Semi-finals of the 100 meter sprint, all posting impressive sub 10 second times during the heats. There was more grief for Kenyans as they missed out on a podium place in the marathon which was held in the wee hours of the morning according to Kenyan time. The race was won by 19 year old Eritrean runner Ghirmay Ghebreselassie who made history by being the youngest ever world marathon champion as well as being the first person from Eritrea to win a gold medal at the World Athletics Championship. Tsegay of Ethiopia claimed silver and Mutai of Uganda claimed bronze.
Hope was however restored for the Kenyans when 800 meter stars Ferguson Rotich and David Rudisha cruised past their heats with relative ease as well as qualification for our 3,000 meter steeplechase team.