Mo Farah wins 10,000m at Euros in British 1-2

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic and world champion Mo Farah won the 10,000 metres at the European Championships yesterday, erasing any worries about his health and setting him up for another long-distance sweep.

Farah led a British one-two as Andy Vernon swept past Turkey's Ali Kaya in the final metres to claim silver.

After skipping the Commonwealth Games because of a tooth infection and stomach ailment, Farah looked composed from the opening gun, performing with maximum efficiency and minimum sweat to win his fourth straight European Championship event.

He won the long-distance double in 2010 and added the 5,000 in 2012, his only race two years ago as he was preparing for his Olympic double.

Farah finished in a slow 28:8:11.055 minutes ahead of Vernon. He still has the 5,000 coming up on Sunday.

Farah said that after a training run for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow he collapsed on his bathroom floor in Park City, Utah, and had to be airlifted to hospital.

After the race, Farah went up in the VIP stands to find his friend Usain Bolt, where the two Olympic champions embraced.

It was the second long-distance gold for Britain in as many days after Jo Pavey won the women's 10,000 on Tuesday's opening day.

In the women's 100m, heptathlete turned sprinter Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands claimed the first of what she hopes will be three golds, turning on the turbo late to win the women's 100 final. She finished in 11.12 seconds into a strong headwind, edging Myriam Soumare of France by 0.04 seconds. Britain's Ashleigh Nelson took bronze in 11.22. Defending champion Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria came fifth.




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