Mo Farah doubles up again, wins 5,000 meters at World Championships (video)

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Mo Farah repeated his incredible London Olympic feat at the World Championships, following his win in the 10,000 meters on Saturday with gold in the 5,000 on Friday.

Farah moved to the lead around the 2,000-meter mark and held off Kenyans Isiah Koech and Thomas Longosiwa and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet on the final lap to win in 13 minutes, 26.98 seconds. Farah dropped to his knees, kissed the blue Moscow track and covered his head in his hands after a hard-fought victory. Yes, he did the Mobot, too.

“I was feeling a bit tired in the 10k, and it (slow pace) played into my hands,” Farah told NBC Sports reporter Lewis Johnson on Universal Sports. “Everybody’s watching you. Everybody knows what you’re doing, so to do (the double) again, it’s hard work.”

Gebrhiwet won silver in 13:27.26, and Koech got bronze in the same time. Three Americans made the top 10 — Bernard Lagat (sixth), Galen Rupp (eighth) and Ryan Hill (10th).

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British middle distance great Seb Coe told British press that if Farah won the 5,000, he would be the greatest British track and field athlete of all time. That would mean bettering Olympic champions Daley ThompsonKelly Holmes and Coe and Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4-minute mile.

In 2012, Farah became the seventh man to sweep the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000, joining Hannes Kolehmainen (1912), Emil Zatopek (1952), Vladimir Kuts (1956), Lasse Viren (1972, ’76), Miruts Yifter (1980) and Kenenisa Bekele (2004).

The World Championships have only been contested since 1983. Bekele is the only other man to accomplish the double at a worlds, doing so in 2009.

Farah, 30, is set to move up to the marathon next year and may enter that event at the 2016 Olympics. He also expressed a desire to race Usain Bolt in a charity event at a middle distance.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”