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European Athletics 2010: Farah seals distance double

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
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Mo Farah

Farah wins 5000m to complete distance double

Mo Farah pulled off a stunning double at the European Championships, winning the 5,000m final to add to his 10,000m gold from the opening day.

Farah became the first runner to do the Euro distance double for 20 years, emulating the achievement of Italy's Salvatore Amin in Split in 1990.

Defending champion Jesus Espana was second, with Hayle Ibrahimov third.

Great Britain's Chris Thompson, who was second in the 10,000m final, finished in eighth place.

Farah took the lead earlier than expected and produced a superb burst of speed in the final lap to burn off the challenge of Espana, who beat him in the European final four years ago by just half a second.


Afterwards, the double champion told BBC Sport he was struggling to take in the size of his achievement, but the memory of what happened last time had inspired him to victory.

"I can't believe I'm a double champion - if you'd said to me three months ago I could have one gold, I'd settle for that," he said.

"Four years ago I got beaten by half a second and I had that in my mind.

"I was checking on the big screen how far behind he was, on the last lap I was thinking 'dig in, dig in'.

"I was hurting but thinking 'don't let him come past me', I was working so hard - as I crossed the line I thought 'I can't believe I finished first'."

Mo Farah

Farah cannot believe his Euro success

Espana was quick to congratulate Farah after his triumph.

And the Brit revealed: "He said 'you're a great champion'. Four years ago, he said 'next time it's yours'.

"He said to win one takes a lot - over the years it's been just been me and him, he knows how hard I train."

"You have to believe in yourself, it doesn't come overnight - there's lot of people in my life who have helped me since I was a junior. I want to thank everyone who's helped me and believed in me."

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