London 2017: Family so special to champion Farah
PUBLISHED: 22:46 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 22:46 04 August 2017
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Children join lap of honour at World Championships
Sir Mo Farah admitted it was a ‘special moment’ to celebrate his 10,000 metre win with his four children on the track at the London Stadium.
The 34-year-old Farah held off the stiff challenge of rivals from Uganda and Kenya to claim his sixth World Championship gold medal, on the first day of the 2017 competition.
And he immediately sought out his family in the sold-out crowd, after months away from home training, before taking his children on a lap of honour.
He said: “That was a special moment for me. I miss spending time with them (my family). To have my family on the track is very special.
“Anything is possible if you train hard.”
On the fifth anniversary of ‘Super Saturday’ – when Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford all won gold medals in the space of 45 minutes inside the same stadium at the London 2012 Olympics – the atmosphere was once again electric in the capital.
Farah played up to the crowd at the start line and also in the early stages of the race, encouraging them to show their support as his east African rivals tried to set a fast pace at the front.
And he had to dig deep to defend his title at this event, having also won in Moscow in 2013 and Beijing two years ago, as he took another step towards the end of his track career, before focusing on marathon running.
He added: “It was amazing tonight, I had to get my head around it. I got a bit emotional at the start and then I just had to get in the zone. It has all been amazing.
“I just wanted to play with the guys’ head. It wasn’t an easy race though. It has been a long journey where I have worked very hard on long distance but also speed.
“But what a way to end my career in London. This was very special.
“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there I knew 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.”
Four-time Olympic champion Farah will now aim to complete a triple-double at the World Championships when he competes in the 5,000 metres.