Wednesday 16 January 2019

Farah vows to be fit for what will be his last final on track

Mo Farah
Mo Farah

Mo Farah vowed he will be ready for the 5,000 metres final despite admitting he is feeling the pain.

The 34-year-old finished second in his heat on Wednesday in 13 minutes 30.18 seconds and is now eyeing tomorrow's final.

Farah has already won the 10,000m and shrugged off a knee injury and a cut leg, having been spiked in his 10,000m triumph, and will be fit to race again ahead of his planned track retirement later this month.

"I'm going to do it. You'll see me at the start line. I just have to recover," he said.

"The 10k did take a lot out of me and I'm a little beaten up but I'm okay. The doctors and the team have been great for me. In fact I went home to stay in Teddington, that's where my family are, and I was like, 'Nah, I need to get back in the hotel'. I only stayed one night."

It only dawned on youngster Karsten Warholm that he had become world 400 metres hurdles champion on when he made asked a press photographer to pinch him.

Still barely able to comprehend becoming Norway's first world track champion for 30 years, Warholm was down on his haunches having been given a flag to parade when he looked straight at photographer Phil Noble.

"What's going on, is this real?" the 21-year-old asked Noble. When assured it was, Warholm still wasn't satisfied. "Pinch me," he demanded. A surprised Noble leant across and did as he was told, pinching the youngster's wrist, at which point Warholm concurred. "Yes, it's real" he said before disappearing for his lap of honour in a viking helmet.

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