Two legends of athletics to light up London stadium

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Two legends of athletics to light up London stadium

Yet, just as in the Tour de France, where the idea of a British victor was something of a joke for a century and now is so commonplace it's expected, Farah's accomplishments have somehow become so predictable that the blood doesn't pump the same way.

Bolt's true farewell was to come 24 hours later in the finals of the 100m, not the heats he had messily navigated on Friday's opening night, whereas Farah's race was a final farewell, at least in that event.

Friday's race marked five years to the day that Farah clinched his first Olympic 10,000m gold on "Super Saturday" at the 2012 Games and the London Stadium naturally welcomed the return of Britain's golden boy.

He went to the front with Paul Tanui on his shoulder. Ibrahim Jeilanv from Ethiopia claimed silver.

Hadis is much-improved from his 15th in Rio last year, having placed third at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships this year ahead of Yimer.

Karoki finished seventh while Kamworor wound up 11th on that occasion.

An assortment of foe tried to derail Farah's glory bid.

See more of Farah in the documentary 'From London 2012 to London 2017' on BBC World News at 04: 30 GMT on Saturday 5 August and 10:30 GMT on Sunday 6 August.

It's the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who took over after Kamathi to win four consecutive titles, equalling his fellow countryman Haile Gebrselassie's record.

"Over the last couple of years his 5k has improved, so I think it was just a matter of time until he got into a good, fast 10k and put down a strong time", Levins said of Ahmed.

He took the lead as the crowd roared with a lap to go before twice being forced to step into the infield after catching his feet on those of his rivals. "My form was falling apart, I was just 'Get to the line, get to the line'".

Prior to the race Farah had come onto the track waving his arms in the air urging the spectators to up the volume.

He will be without coach Alberto Salazar, who is subject to an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but Black says that is not an issue. It was the last time he lost a big one, and his overpowering kick has always been his ticket to gold. He is 2/5 favourite to win that gold with Sky Bet.

3 - he has won three successive Great North Runs.

Africa's finest attempted to run the legs out of Farah but, as in the past, he was able to find a way to win no matter what the opposition got up to. With Asian Athletics winning athletes left out of the squad, there is added pressure on the rest of the Indians to deliver.

"Championship races are quite tactical but I have trained well and I have the experience".

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