Mo Farah told his rivals “I’m the man to beat” after conquering his stiffest challenge of the year in style at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix in Birmingham.
The double Olympic champion eased to victory at the European Team Championships at Gateshead last week, but yesterday’s success at Alexander Stadium was from the next level as he saw off a trio of talented Ethiopians with a time of 13 minutes 14.24 seconds.
Farah’s last lap was timed at 53.40secs as he sprinted for the line in a frenzied final 150m.
At that point Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet - the two fastest men over the distance this year - were well in contention alongside the Briton, but he would not yield. Gebrhiwet was first to drop off the pace, leaving Farah and Alamirew going head-to-head in the closing seconds but there was only one winner.
The Ethiopian pair, in conjunction with compatriot Ibrahim Jeilan, attempted to work together to edge Farah out of contention, but he goes into August’s World Championships in Moscow in confident mood after foiling their plans.
‘’The young guys wanted to beat me, I’m the man to beat. There’s no hiding me,” he said.
“Winning gives you that confidence and I’m definitely looking forward to Moscow.These guys know they tried to race me on the last lap.”