Farah seals distance double in Zurich

British athlete Mo Farah wins 10,000m gold to add to his 5,000m win earlier at the European Championships.

    Two gold medals have helped Mo Farah put a troubled season behind him [EPA]
    Two gold medals have helped Mo Farah put a troubled season behind him [EPA]

    Mo Farah clinched his 5,000-10,000 metre double at the European Championships, giving his troubled season a golden finish that made him the double long distance champion at continental, world and Olympic levels all at the same time.

    After proving his rude health during his 10,000 victory on Wednesday, the Briton showed off his running smarts and explosive power in the 5,000, tugging in on the bends and unleashing his unmatched kick for home that has now been unstoppable at big championships since the 2012 London Olympics.

    "History is important to me,'' Farah said. "There have been some down times, but two golds here is great.''

    It capped the best-ever European Championships for Britain on a five-gold afternoon. Britain finished with 12 gold medals and 23 in total, just edging France, which had nine gold and 23 overall.

    Christina Schwanitz of Germany won the shot put ahead of Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko.

    Italy's Daniele Meucci won the marathon title ahead of Yared Shegumo of Poland and Aleksey Reunkov of Russia.

    SOURCE: AP


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