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Farah to complete World Championship double with 10,000m gold

| 16.08.2013

Mo Farah did the long distance double in London at the Olympics in 2012 and he is 4/9 to do the same in the World Championships by adding 5,000m gold to the 10,000m victory that he already has in the bag.

Farah qualified for the final in fifth place in the heats, but not too much should be read into this as the top five were guaranteed qualifiers for the final and he was far from flat out over the closing 400m, no doubt conserving energy for the bigger test.

Having won the 10,000m final just three days earlier, it may prove vital that Farah did attempt to keep something back, as the decision to compete in both events increases the chances of him suffering with heavy legs or other methods of tiredness.

As the only man to defeat Farah since 2011, Edwin Soi looks an appealing price at 7/1 to be the man, if any, to cash in on any weakness shown by the Brit.

Seven of the 13 titles in the 5,000m event at the World Championships have been won by Kenyans and Soi, having recorded the fastest time this year, looks their best prospect here.

However, Soi is yet to win a World or Olympic gold in the 5,000m and so Farah’s experience still gives the impression that he holds the best value.

And such is the Brit’s domination of long distance running over the past few years that there is a betting market without him for the 5,000m.

Soi can be found at 11/4 in this market, while the Ethiopian duo of Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet look appealing in this market without Farah at 5/2 and 7/2 respectively.

Gebrhiwet holds the fastest personal best of the finalists and having won his heat looks well placed to finish in front of the others behind Farah.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Alex Fortune