Rio 2016: Beagle Farah into 5,000m final despite slip
PUBLISHED: 14:59 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 20:28 17 August 2016
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The Great Britain star was clipped but stayed on his feet in heat
Mo Farah booked his place in the final of the 5,000m at the Rio Olympics, but it was far from plain sailing for the defending champion.
The Newham & Essex Beagle, who won 10,000m gold on Saturday, is looking to complete the long-distance double, but after tripping and falling in the longer event, he almost hit the track again in his 5,000m heat.
“I got clipped, but I stayed on my feet,” said a relieved Farah after he qualfied for Saturday night’s final. “It’s hard work, it’s so hot!. You’ve got to get through and then see how it goes.
“I need to put my feet up now and chill in my room.”
The 33-year-old Beagle finished third in his heat behind winner Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia and Albert Kibichi Rop from Bahrain. He clocked a modest 13mins 25.25secs for his run, but the most important thing is he is the final and going for gold for Britain and Newham & Essex Beagles once again.
“I’ve got such a long stride that I always managed to get tangled up with someone, but I just about managed to stay on my feet. It’s quite nerve-wracking again,” added Farah.
“I was just getting back into the zone again. Sometimes you just take yourself away from it a little bit and that’s what I did. It’s a wake-up now. The job’s not done yet. I still have to recover, lock myself in a room and get ready for this race.
“I was a little bit tired today, but that was just because of the heat and having run the 10,000m. In the 10,000m I was on the edge [mentally], nothing would get in my way. Now I’m a little bit distracted, so I need to get back in the zone and focus.
“You’ve got to get through the rounds. No-one is going to give it to you. Now I’ve got to recover with an ice bath and see the medical team and get ready to go again.
“It is possible to win another gold, but you look at the other guys and they’re ready for me. I just have to get myself back in that frame of mind and get ready, but I’m still hungry and I still want it.”