Farah wins fifth London 10,000 ahead of “First Big Test” in Eugene

Mo Farah BupaLondon, UK – Great Britain’s double London 2012 Olympic Games champion Mo Farah immediately turned his thoughts to his “first big test of the summer” at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Friday after securing his fifth consecutive Bupa London 10,000 title in the British capital on Monday morning (27).

Farah was in imperious form as he raced away in the British capital from the domestic field on a looping course around central London and won by nearly a minute in 29:13.

His time was eight seconds quicker than he ran here last year, but some way adrift of the British record of 27:44 he set in 2010.

Nevertheless, it was a solid foundation, he said, for the challenges that lie ahead this summer.

The first will be a 10000m track race in Eugene against a field packed with the top Ethiopians and, later this summer, he will bid to repeat his Olympic 5000m and 10000m double at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

“It was most important to win the race today, I wasn’t really looking for a time,” said Farah.

“Running in London is fun for me because I don’t often race at home, but it’s going to get serious from here. I’ve got my first real test next Friday at the Eugene Diamond League and I’m very excited about that. I’ve got to be ready for it. I’ve got to be more ready than I was last year.

“I’ve got great memories of running in Eugene,” added Farah, who set the current European 10000m record there two years ago when he won in 26:46.57.

“I always like to run there and this will be no different. I don’t think anyone’s missing.” Read more