• World Athletics Championships, 1st Day

Farah takes first 10,000m world title

ESPN staff
August 10, 2013
Mo Farah avenged his 2011 defeat in Daegu to Ibrahim Jeilan by beating him to gold © Getty Images

Mo Farah claimed his maiden 10,000 metres world title for Great Britain at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The race was mostly comfortable for Farah, but just as in Daegu in 2011, Farah went head-to-head with Ibrahim Jeilan in a fight to the finish on the final lap. However this time the result was reversed with Farah taking the lead with two laps to go and holding off Jeilan's challenge to upgrade on his silver medal, finishing in 27 minutes 22 seconds. Paul Tanui, of Kenya, took bronze.

Farah will aim to emulate his Olympic gold medal double when he defends his 5,000m title next week. "I had the experience from two years ago," he said. "I knew I just had to cover every move and the guys were going to go out there to take a lot out of me. I was just digging in, digging in. It was nice to come out here and win it. Training's been really hard.

"I've spent a lot of time away from my family and when I came home for the Anniversary Games, my little daughter didn't even recognise me. But it's definitely been worth it."

Great Britain captain Christine Ohuruogu eased into Sunday's Women's 400 metres semi-finals. Ohuruogu, a silver medallist at London 2012, took her heat in 50.22 seconds, her second fastest time this year, ahead of America's Natasha Hastings, who ran 50.64s.

James Dasaolu scraped into the 100m final by one hundredth of a second © Getty Images

All three of Great Britain's sprinters made it safely through to the 100m semi-finals. Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey recorded respective times of 10.14s and 10.16s to finish third in their heats.

However James Dasaolu had a nervous wait to see if he qualified as the final fastest loser after nonsensically slowing up before the finish line to slip from third to fourth. In the end he qualified by one hundredth of a second in 10.20s.

"I've learnt a lesson," Dasaolu said. "I don't think I got off to a great start. I'll just use the round and try and build on this tomorrow.

"I haven't been able to do much training in the run up to this and I knew I'd be a bit rusty but hopefully I can step my game up tomorrow."

Aikines-Aryeetey said: "I'm happy because it is a relief to get through the rounds. I have to bring a bit more fire to the next few rounds, but I am just excited now though."

Usain Bolt won his heat comfortably in a time of 10.07s. Afterwards he said: "I'm happy just to be out here and I'm feeling good."

Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer made it safely through their heats to qualify for the Men's 800 metres semi-finals. London 2012 finalist Osagie eased to the finish line in third place with a time of 1m 46.16s. Rimmer had a tougher time of it in a far quicker heat but kicked on during the final 200m to also finish third in 1m 45.47s.

Osagie has had a disappointing summer so far with a hamstring injury ruling him out of the British Championships and the London Anniversary Games.

"I didn't need to hold too much back, I didn't need to push too much, so I think it was a good performance for me," said Osagie. "I feel fine. It's different when I get to the champs, I feel like a different man. I love the pressure."

Rimmer's heat, which he described as "brutal", was won in 1m 44.93s by Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman, hotly tipped for gold with David Rudisha, the Olympic champion and world record holder, absent. "I got into a naughty position and I could hear my coach screaming in my ear. I just had to stay calm and I just had to wait for the gap. When it came and I saw it I just went for it."

Shara Proctor was in efficient form as she secured her place in Sunday's Long Jump final. She needed just one leap to register the 6.75m required, landing 6.85m despite taking off 26cm behind the board, allowing her to make an early exit.

"I was able to watch the last jump and I couldn't believe how far behind the board I was. I won't get too comfortable, but I am aiming for the stars and the moon," Proctor said.

Eilish McColgan, who struggled with a shin injury in the build-up to Moscow, claimed a new Scottish record and a personal best of 9m 35.82s to qualify for the Women's 3,000m Steeplechase final as the second fastest loser in the heats.

"I'm so happy," McColgan said. "I honestly couldn't have asked for any more today. Just to be at the start line after the year I've had with injury. I knew I was catching them the whole way and I've run a PB, so it was worth all those months of lying around."

Susan Partridge, 33, was the first British runner home in the Women's Marathon, finishing tenth in 2hr 36m 24s. Edna Kiplagat, of Kenya, took gold in 2hr 25m 44s to become the first woman to successfully defend her World Championships marathon title.

Christine Ohuruogu recorded her second fastest time of the year © Getty Images
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