WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Venue: Moscow, Russia
- Date: 10-18 August
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website, mobiles, tablets and Connected TVs.
Mo Farah said memories of missing out on gold two years ago in Daegu inspired him to push hard for
10,000m victory at the World Championships.
The double Olympic champion held off the challenge of Ibrahim Jeilan on the final lap to secure the title which eluded him in 2011.
Defending champion Jeilan threatened to overtake the Briton, just as he did in the last 150m in South Korea.
Mo Farah's major medals
- 2013 World Championship gold (10,000m)
- 2012 Olympic gold (10,000m & 5,000m)
- 2012 European gold (5,000m)
- 2011 World Championship gold (5,000m) and silver (10,000m)
- 2011 European Indoor gold (3,000m)
- 2010 European gold (10,000m & 5,000m)
- 2009 European Indoor gold (3,000m)
- 2006 European silver (5,000m)
But Farah said: "I was thinking 'not again, not again, not again'."
The 30-year-old won in 27 minutes 21.71sec, producing a 54.49sec last lap, to finish ahead of the Ethiopian.
"Two years ago Jeilan did wonderfully and ran a great race," said Farah after becoming the first Briton to win a 10,000m world title.
"But ever since then something has been missing and
you just want to get that feeling again.
"It was very exciting. I knew what Jeilan was capable of so it was important I had something left.
"To be honest, with the last lap I could see he was there and I was thinking, 'God, I've got to make this lap worth it'."
"A 54-second last lap in this sort of humidity is impressive. Farah will have been having a few anxious moments in that last 150 metres with Ibrahim Jeilan, the same man who beat him in 2011, on his shoulder, but I think if he had really, really been pushed Mo would have found another gear.
"In Daegu he panicked a bit, but this time, even as his legs grew heavy, he did not."
He dedicated his win to his three daughters. The twins who were born shortly after the Olympics regarded him as a stranger, Farah said, because of his prolonged absences during training.
"I've been away from them so much, like four months at a time," explained Britain's greatest distance runner.
"Parents will understand that, but they don't recognise me. They see me as a stranger. Sometimes when you go home for three or four days it is hard."
Farah now owns more Olympic and World Championship gold medals than any other British athlete, overtaking triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and decathlete Daley Thompson as he took his tally to four with Saturday's victory.
The Londoner has his sights on a fifth in Moscow, a target he will reach should he retain his 5,000m title. If he does so, Farah will become only the second man in history to hold 10,000m and 5,000m titles at both Olympic and world level.
The 5,000m heats start on Tuesday while the final will be held on Friday evening.