Mo Farah does the double at European Championships
Mo Farah clinched his 5,000-10,000m double at the European Athletics Championships on Sunday, giving his troubled season a golden finish that made him the double long distance champion at continental, world and Olympic level all at the same time.
After proving his health during his 10,000 victory last Wednesday, the Briton showed off his running smarts and explosive power in the 5,000, tugging in on the bends and unleashing his unmatched kick for home that has now been unstoppable at big championships since the 2012 London Olympics.
Farah had been airlifted to a hospital with a stomach ailment at his US training camp barely a month ago but was good enough for gold in two races in five days.
On Sunday, his domination was so overpowering he had time to make his signature Mobot celebration with his hands over his head in the form of a heart as he crossed the line. He beat Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan by over two seconds.
Mahiedine Mekhissi also could have had a double but won his first gold on Sunday, outrunning all opposition in the 1,500m, three days after the Frenchman was disqualified in the steeplechase for stripping off his shirt in celebration before crossing the finish line.
Mekhissi left all opponents standing with 450m to go with a devastating kick for home that left him enough time on the finishing straight to wave to the crowds at the Letzigrund stadium. It was all show again, but at least he kept his shirt on.
“I ran with rage,” he said. “My reaction was the reaction of a champion.”