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'The greatest British athlete of all time' - Mo Farah wins historic world gold

It’s Farah’s seventh consecutive World and Olympic title.

Farah wins the Men's 5000m Final during day eight of the IAAF World Championships.
Farah wins the Men's 5000m Final during day eight of the IAAF World Championships.
Image: Martin Rickett

GREAT BRITAIN’S MO Farah has won his fifth World Championship gold medal and completed a historic ‘triple double’ after winning 5,000m gold today.

Farah, who has already won the 5,000m and 10,00m double at the 2012 Olympics and the 10,000m title in Beijing, earned his seventh consecutive World and Olympic title.

He was probably run a bit closer than he was expecting but never looked in trouble, passing Kenya’s Ndiku in the final 150m to cross the line a comfortable winner in 13 minutes 50.38 seconds.

The race sparked into life with 800m to go as the 22-year-old Ndiku made his move to overtake Farah. He pushed ahead and established a two or three metre lead over Farah, as the two of them broke free of the chasing pack.

But as they came around the closing bend, it was Farah that had gas left in the tank and he powered past the fading Commonwealth champion. The Kenyan held on to finish in second place, with a time of 13 minutes 51.75 seconds and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet finished in third.

As Farah celebrated, draped in the union jack, commentators Steve Cram and Brendan Foster proclaimed that he was the greatest British sportsman of all time.

Farah celebrates after crossing the line. Source: Darron Cummings

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