Fab five for Farah! Olympic hero Mo claims Bupa London 10,000 victory once more
By MIKE DAWES
PUBLISHED: 20:49, 27 May 2013 | UPDATED: 23:25, 27 May 2013
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah secured victory at the Bupa London 10,000 for the fifth year in a row on Monday.
Farah broke away from the domestic field at the two-kilometre mark and crossed the finish line at The Mall in a time of 29 minutes and 13 seconds.
The time was eight seconds quicker than the 5,000 metres and 10,000m Olympic champion managed in this event last year, but some way short of the 27mins 44secs British record he set in 2010.
Farah, whose main focus for 2013 is repeating his Olympic double at the World Championships in Moscow this summer, said: ‘It was most important to win the race today, I wasn’t really looking for a time.
‘It was really important to me to win my fifth title. Running in London is fun for me because I don’t often race here.
‘But it’s going to get serious from here,’ he added.
‘I’ve got my first real test next Friday at the Eugene Diamond League and I’m very excited about that. I’ve got to be ready for it. I’ve got to be more ready than I was last year.’
Phil Wicks finished second, coming in 52 seconds behind Farah, with Phil Nicholls another 10 seconds back in third.
Katrina Wootton won the women’s race by a similarly large margin from the former world junior 1500m champion Steph Twell, with Emily Pidgeon third.
Like Farah, Wootton led from the 2km mark, and stretched away over the rest of the course to claim victory on her London 10,000 debut in 32:37, just 14 seconds outside the personal best she set four weeks ago.
Twell clocked 33:34 in second with Pidgeon another 12 seconds adrift.