Farah is the pride of London after successful training camp
PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 June 2011
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Mo Farah scored his third successive win in the BUPA London 10,000 metres, as the countries elite runners took to the capital’s streets on Monday.
The Newham and Essex Beagles athlete, who only returned from his training camp in America the previous day, pulled away from the leading pack in the final stages to win in 29 minutes 15 seconds.
The 28-year-old, who had broken the British record at the same event over the previous two years, posted a time 91 seconds slower than his previous best, on a course which will form much of the London Olympic 2012 marathon route.
Farah made an uncharacteristically slow start, keeping pace with the race leaders rather than pulling away, and was second to Fife’s Andrew Lemoncello at the halfway stage.
With two kilometres left to run the double European champion made his first big move, pulling away from the field, which included club-mate Mark Warmby, who would go on to finish fifth in 29.50.
Farah was now in a straight fight for the title with Victoria Park Harriers runner Solomon Mehretab, but with the finish in sight as the pair passed Blackfriars Bri-dge, the Beagles athlete pulled clear of his rival to take the crown by 22 seconds.
“I just decided to see what happened today, because I’m a bit jet-lagged,” said Farah. “My aim was just to get the win, the time was really slow, but I just wanted to put in a good performance. I felt alright, but my legs were a bit heavy.”
In the women’s race, billed as the return of Paula Radcliffe after an 18-month lay-off, Jo Pavey stole the show, winning in 32.22.
Radcliffe, the Marathon world record holder and former European Champion over 10,000m, finished third in 33.17.
However, after finishing almost a minute off the pace, the 37-year-old labelled her comeback race a ‘disaster’.
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