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04th-Aug-2017

Farah bids for final double golden fanfare

By AFP, London


Mo Farah will like another athletics superstar Usain Bolt bring the curtain down on his track career at the world championships with he hopes a final double golden flourish.
The 34-year-old Somalia-born Briton -- who will switch his focus to road running -- can capture his 10th successive world or Olympic title in the 10000 metres on Friday.
Then he hopes to bow out in style on the track in London where he achieved his first Olympic double in 2012 with the 5000m on Saturday week.
That will bring to an end a six year spell where like Bolt in the sprints Farah has dominated.
He broke up the previous hegemony of the Kenyans and Ethiopians, lifting his exploits up above those of legends such as Paavo Nurmi, Lasse Viren, Emil Zatopek, Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.
However whilst many question how will the sport cope without Bolt and his engaging showmanship -- lightning bolt and all -- perhaps unfairly the same has not been said about the vacuum that Farah will leave in his wake.
Despite his achievements -- Olympic (2012/16) and world doubles (2013/15) at 5000m and 10000m -- the British public have been left largely unmoved.