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Mo Farah wins 10,000 meters at World Championships

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British double Olympic champion Mo Farah won his first world championship in the 10,000 meters Saturday on the first day of action at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Farah took the lead with 800 meters to go and never relinquished after a slow early pace on an 82-degree day. Farah held off 2011 world champion Ibrahim Jeilan, sprinting a 54.49 final lap.

“Definitely had the experience from a couple years ago,” Farah, who was passed on the final straight by Jeilan in 2011, told the BBC. “This time I saw him (Jeilan) coming at the bell. I knew he was behind me. It was important to have something left.”

He won in 27 minutes, 21.71 seconds, kissed the blue track, broke into his trademark Mobot pose and did a victory lap draped in a Great Britain flag with the words “FLY MO” printed on it. Jeilan took silver in 27:22.23. Kenyan Paul Tanui grabbed bronze.

Americans Galen Rupp and Dathan Ritzenhein were in medal positions at different points over the last 2,000 meters and finished fourth and 10th, respectively.

“The aim was me and my training partner Galen Rupp to work together,” Farah told the BBC. “The (other) guys were going out there to take a little out of me.”

Rupp, who trains with Farah, won silver in the 10,000 at the 2012 Olympics.

An Ethiopian had won nine of the previous 10 world titles in the 10,000. This was the first time since 1991 that the worlds final did not include either of the Ethiopian legends and four-time 10,000 world champions Haile Gebrselassie or Kenenisa Bekele.

Farah is the first man running for a non-East African country to win the 10,000 world title since the first World Championships in 1983.

Farah will try to match his 5,000-10,000 double from the London Olympics. He returns to the track for heats of the 5,000 on Tuesday. The final is Friday. Bekele is the only man to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the same worlds, doing so in 2009.

Farah made news before the World Championships by challenging Usain Bolt to a race and boxer Amir Khan to a fight.

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Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

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Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

“Was starting to think that I’m so old that I can’t time trial anymore,” Mantia, a 34-year-old whose last 1500m personal best came in 2015, told media in Utah. “Maybe there’s a little bit of hope left.”

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

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Netherlands on the board; more world records at speed skating worlds

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It took four world records from other countries before the Netherlands won its first title in an Olympic program event at the world single distances speed skating championships.

Jutta Leerdam got the dominant skating nation on the board on the third day of the four-day competition and in the ninth Olympic program event. Leerdam scored an upset over defending champion and world-record holder Brittany Bowe, the American who ended up eighth.

Leerdam, 21, prevailed despite having zero World Cup podiums to her name. She clocked 1:11.84, just .23 slower than Bowe’s world record set on the same Utah Olympic Oval last year. Bowe, who recently had her yearlong win streak snapped in the 1000m, finished in 1:12.92.

“It’s a nightmare,” Bowe said, according to media on site.

Later, the Netherlands won the men’s team pursuit in a world record 3:34.68, the fifth world record in Olympic events the last two days on the world’s fastest ice at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Full results are here.

The world championships conclude Sunday, highlighted by American Joey Mantia defending his world title in the mass start.

In other Saturday events, both the men’s 1000m and women’s 5000m world records fell. On Friday, world records were lowered in the men’s 10,000m and women’s team pursuit.

Pavel Kulizhnikov followed his Friday world 500m title with the 1000m crown, repeating his double gold from 2016. Kulizhnikov was one of the Russians banned from the PyeongChang Olympics after he served a prior doping ban.

On Saturday, Kulizhnikov clocked 1:05.69 to take .49 off Dutchman Kjeld Nuis‘ record from last March, also set at Salt Lake City. Nuis, the Olympic 1000m and 1500m champion, took silver, 1.03 seconds behind.

Russian Natalya Voronina and Czech Martina Sablikova both went under Sablikova’s world record in the 5000m. Voronina came out on top in 6:39.02, 2.99 seconds faster than Sablikova’s record from a year ago and 2.16 seconds faster than Sablikova on Saturday.

Voronina’s time would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1993. Sablikova won the previous 10 world titles in the event dating to 2007.

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