Mo Farah successfully defends his 10k title on the streets of London
Mo Farah recorded his fourth consecutive victory at the Bupa London 10,000, winning with a sprint finish in 29:21.
On a hot day in the British capital, the world 5000m champion pulled away in the final few hundred metres to beat Japan’s Arata Fujiwara (29:24) and Olympic marathon-bound Brit Scott Overall (29:26).
Farah’s time was some way outside his personal best of 27:44, but the double European champion was happy to do enough to win on a course that takes in much of the route that will be used for the Olympic marathon later this summer.
“It’s going well, it’s all going in the right direction,” said Farah, who covered the final kilometre in 2:25.
“During the race, we stayed side by side,” he added of his battle with Fujiwara. “I kept in control and then decided to sprint with 200m to go. He is good, he is strong runner with a lot of running experience. But I am track runner so I have that speed at the end.
“I’ve had another year of running and I am feeling stronger now compared to previous seasons. I’m very excited about the Olympics, I just need to stay injury-free and focused. It’s all fine, it’s just nice to come back here and run in London.”
Farah now plans to return to his US training base in Oregon, where he trains under the guidance of Alberto Salazar.
His main aim for the Olympics is the 10,000m, and he will make a decision on the 5000m afterwards.
Meanwhile, Mara Yamauchi won the women’s race in 32:52, ahead of Wales’ Caryl Jones, who set a PB of 33:08, and Scotland’s Freya Murray (33:25).