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Give him the Gold already! Farah odds-on to double up in 5,000m

| 11.08.2017

He’s nearing the end of his glittering track career, but according to the odds, Mo Farah is going out on a high.

The 34-year-old is bidding to secure a World Athletics Championships triple-double in the 5,000m and 10,000m in London.

He’s halfway there, having come through to win a bruising (quite literally) 10,000m final last Friday.

And our traders are pretty confident that Sir Mo, despite battling a knee concern and a leg cut, will double-up once again.

We’re 2/5 on Mo to win the 5K on Saturday night.

But he won’t be the only runner getting the home crowd cheering this weekend.

Benefitting from being placed in the second semi-final, Andrew Butchart will be going all out to sneak into the medals.

The 25-year-old from Dunblane in Scotland is 66/1 for a surprise gold.

He was an impressive sixth in Rio last year, however, and should be in even better shape to try and nab a medal this time around.

Farah’s main rivals for the gold start with Muktar Edris and Yomif Kejelcha, each at 6/1.

Ethiopian Edris’ Personal Best is just one second shy of Farah’s, but the 24-year-old has nothing like his British rival’s experience on the big stage.

It’s a similar story with his compatriot Kejelcha.

On paper his Personal Best can give Farah major headaches (they’re both in the 12:53) but at just 20-years-old, has the Ethiopian got the tactical nous?

Ethiopia’s future is certainly bright in this event, with Selemon Barega the only other contender rated shorter than 16/1.

The 7/1 shot set his Personal Best of 12:55 last month, but the amazing thing is, he’s only 17-years-old and looks set to be a contender to many years to come.

But that’s the future, and for one more race this is still very much Mo Farah’s stage.

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



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.