Farah upstages Bolt at worlds, and it took an incredible race

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Ultimately, though, their joint efforts could not ruffle Farah, who won his 10th successive global track title in world championships and Olympics with his fastest championship 10,000m run, 26 minutes 49.51 seconds, the quickest in the world this year.

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei was less than half a second adrift in second place in 26:49.94 and Kenyan Paul Tanui claimed the bronze in 26:50.60.

It is a question asked before every major championships of recent times: can Mo Farah be beaten over 10,000m?

2 - Farah won an Olympic "double-double", with gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.

Farah, though, insists the injuries will not deny him the chance of ending his championship track career with a fifth global double in a row in the 5,000m next Saturday. The Briton says the 5,000m will be his last championship track event before he concentrates on marathon running and he hopes to make it the flawless farewell next Saturday by winning a seventh world title.

The Kenyan threat has vastly more experience, with Geoffrey Kamworor, who beat Farah in the World Half-Marathon Championships a year ago, Rio silver medallist Paul Tanui and Bedan Karoki in the field.

The other great retiring superstar, Usain Bolt, remains on course for his own golden farewell after easing through the first round of the 100m.

"At one point in the middle of the race I wasn't thinking I was going to lose, but I thought 'this is tough, this is tough". "This is tough.'" The race was also wild and stormy, and several times Farah was spiked by his opponents" shoes and almost stumbled on the last lap.

With retirement looming, the four-time Olympic gold medallist told The Mirror: "I know there's a target on my back going into this race". One thing is certain: Farah's opponents will need to change their tactics from recent years and not leave it until the final lap.

He added: "It was wonderful tonight, I had to get my head around it. It's just the three little ones", said Farah, 34, at the British team base in Wapping yesterday morning. "I had to get in the zone", he said. "For years they've been saying how they're going to beat me".

"I did my training in Kapchorwa, Uganda and didn't go to Kaptagat in Kenya because I saw the conditions are nearly the same".

Farah shrugged off the cuts and bruises to his leg he sustained during on the opening night and said: "It was certainly a problem during the race and I just had to deal with it. Races like that can be very physical and you have to try and keep calm and in control".

Farah hung on during a relentless race which began at a blistering pace with Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor and Tanui and Uganda's Cheptegei and Timothy Toroitich putting the pressure on at the front. They then joined him on his lap of honour. Justin Gatlin was booed when his name was announced before his race and was again jeered loudly on winning heat 5 to qualify 5th fastest overall in 10.05 secs. I'm more anxious about the knee, it's just slightly banged up.

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