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LONDON – Sir Mo Farah believes he pulled off his “greatest performance ever” to retain his 10,000-metre gold medal at the World Championships in London on Friday evening.
Farah fought off stiff competition from young Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei to finish with a winning time of 26 minutes, 49.51 seconds at the London Stadium.
“Yeah, it was my greatest performance ever,” he told world media. “And 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, everybody worked as a team against me,” he said immediately after retaining his title.
“But 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 has now won 10 World Championship gold medals, said he realised he was in one his toughest ever races midway through the event. His task was made even more difficult by opponents accidentally spiking his legs with their running shoes.
“I wasn’t thinking I was going to lose, but I thought, “This is tough. This is tough.’
“That trip caught me a little bit on my leg and I got a few cuts,” he said. “But I just had to be strong. I didn’t want to go down and I had to fight and be strong.
“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there it was going to be tough. It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before. It helped a lot having that experience.”
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The British runner celebrated the famous with a lap of honour of the stadium, accompanied by his family.
“To have my family on the track is very special,” he said.