Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fright for Farah but He's through to 5,000m Final

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fright for Farah but He's through to 5,000m Final

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Byline: Matt Majendie in Beijing

MO FARAH survived another scare this morning when he was tripped on the last lap of his 5,000 metre heat but regained his balance to qualify comfortably for Saturday's final.

Farah, who also overcame a stumble on the last lap of his 10,000m win here in the Bird's Nest Stadium four days ago, qualified second fastest overall, just behind Ethiopia's junior world champion Yomif Kejelcha.

"I nearly went down again! I hope it doesn't become third-time bad luck," said Farah, who will be joined in the final by team-mate Tom Farrell, who finished fourth in his heat.

"Somebody caught my leg. I've got a long stride, it's the way I run. I don't blame anyone, but even in training sometimes my training partners catch my leg, which is why I sometimes have to be on the front or the back, or stay on the outside. I felt all right, I felt good. I have to recover now and get ready."

The incident with Canada's Mohammed Ahmed left the 32-year-old with a small cut which he said would not trouble him. Farah's heat was the quicker of the two semi-finals by nearly half a minute. Ahmed finished third but was initially disqualified by officials, only to be reinstated after a protest.

Farah is expected to win gold and become the first athlete in history to complete the long-distance double at three consecutive global championships, but he warned: "You might be the favourite but when you line up anything can happen and that's one thing I shouldn't take for granted."

He now plans to spend the next two days "playing PlayStation, chilling out and watching a bit of athletics".

Following Greg Rutherford's long jump gold and Jessica Ennis-Hill's victory in the heptathlon, it means the British team are one step away from emulating their four titles at London 2012 at these World Championships and Farah joked: "I've already done my job now."

Farah said he had watched Rutherford's victory the previous evening, which he said had created "an incredible team atmosphere". …

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