Farah secures gold as GB exceed medal objective

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Mo Farah struck gold in the 5,000 metres and Phillips Idowu silver in the triple jump as Britain surpassed their medal target on the last day of competition at the World Championships in Daegu.

Mo Farah struck gold in the 5,000 metres and Phillips Idowu silver in the triple jump as Britain surpassed their medal target on the last day of competition at the World Championships in Daegu.

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee had targeted seven medals, one of them gold, but saw his team win seven medals with two golds thanks to Farah and Dai Greene in the 400 metres hurdles.

“That is one of the very best performances we’ve ever had in the history of British athletics,” Van Commenee said. “That sets us up for next year where the target is eight. So it’s my job to find another medal.

“We always knew there would be work to be done in the next 11 months. The good news is I now know what has to be done.”

Seven days after being pipped to victory in the 10,000m, Farah returned to the track and held off American Bernard Lagat to win a dramatic 5,000m in 13 minutes 23.36 seconds.

Just seconds later it looked like Idowu would also win after a season’s best 17.70 metres, but American Christian Taylor then produced a stunning leap of 17.96m - the ninth longest in history - to relegate Idowu to the silver medal position. The defending champion responded with 17.77m in the fourth round, but that only proved enough to be the longest jump in championship history not to win gold.

A delighted Farah, who did the long-distance double at the European Championships last year, said: “I’m very proud. I can’t believe it. It just hasn’t sunk in right now. I came so close in the 10k and I just wanted to do it in the 5k.

“Alberto just told me, ‘Do not let anyone pass’. Gebremeskel tried to come past me and I just had to hold him, hold him and then the last bit just try to dig in. I just had to go out there and try to relax; just do what I did in the 10k but get it right this time.”

Idowu had promised all year he would come good when it mattered and could not be criticised for a supremely consistent display, with all six jumps at 17.38m or better.

“I thought I did have 17.96 in me,” the 32-year-old Londoner said. “I thought I had enough in my legs to respond. It just wasn’t my day.

“I’m content with what I’ve got. It’s not what I came out to do, but I’ll take it and I’ll go home and just focus on the next job. I’m proving year by year things are getting better.I think it’s the most consistent I’ve been in any championships so that’s definitely an improvement in itself.”

In the final event of the championships, Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to gold and a new world record in the 4x100m relay.

Bolt was disqualified from the 100 metres final for a false start, but bounced back to defend his 200m in a superb time and tonight ran the final leg as Jamaican lowered their own record to 37.04secs.