Mo Farah & Usain Bolt prepare for final events

Judith Bessette
Agosto 12, 2017

The 27-year-old clocked 13 minute 35.69 second, almost one second better than his earlier personal best of 13:36.62, in the first round heat number one which earned him a 15th spot in a top class field, featuring defending champion Mo Farah from Great Britain.

He will end his track career in the 5,000m at the Zurich Diamond League on 24 August.

That much is out of his control, and certainly out of his comfort zone to judge his public handling of the situation, but the track tonight will form some level of sanctuary.

As with after his victory in the 10,000m last Saturday in London, Farah is likely to be joined on his lap of honour by wife Tania and four children. "I will train hard and I will break the national record", Lakshmanan said after the race. To come this far has been incredible.

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It will probably be some time before we see the likes of Farah and Bolt again on the worldwide stage. It would have been great to see him win, but it doesn't always happen that way. It would be pretty awesome to bow out with another double gold but these guys are coming for me'. There is a reasonable chance that he will face team tactics again in the shorter distance.

"It isn't easy", he said. The persistent drizzle of accusations about Salazar and his relationship with the controversial Somali coach Jama Aden, as well as the leak of some of his athlete biological passport data by the Russian hackers Fancy Bears, have made him more watchful and less carefree - at least in public. In fact I went home to stay in Teddington, that's where my family are, and I was like, "Nah, I need to get back in the hotel".

"In the 5k, if you're not there at a certain point, or if someone's going to do something and you're not there, that's it - it's gone".

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