Happy to win first gold for Britain: Mo Farah

Beijing, Aug 23 (IANS) British star Mo Farah said he is happy that he could win the first gold for his country at the World Athletics Championships, a media report said.

Farah survived a tough contest on Saturday to defend his 10,000m title for a record sixth consecutive global title, Xinhua reported.

Since losing to Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia in the 10,000m at the 2011 worlds in Daegu, Farah managed to win the 5,000m in South Korea, and followed up with 5,000m-10,000m doubles at both the London 2012 Olympics and the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

The 32-year-old Farah clocked 27 minutes 1.13 seconds for gold, ahead of Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor (27:01.76) and Paul Tanui (27:02.83).

“It’s amazing to be able to go out there, cross the line and defend my title. It has not been an easy year, but at the same time it’s nice to get things started well,” Farah said.

“To win the first gold for my country is incredible. It’s nice to be known as someone who has won the most medals for my country. It’s great to make history.”

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