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30 Jun

Mo Farah Strikes In Golden Spike

Mo Farah wins Golden Spike 10000m

Sir Mo Farah has not lost a track 10,000m since his silver medal in the 2011 Daegu World Championships and that win streak continued in the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on Wednesday night (28 June). He now looks on course to take his World Championship tally to seven golds with another double victory in London in just five weeks.

The Golden Spike is one of the traditional meetings in the calendar and this was the 56th edition, graced by eight current Olympic champions and highlighted by a world record in the rarely run 300m by Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa.

Niekerk is the first athlete to go under 10 seconds for 100m; sub-20 for 200m and sub-44 for 400m, with his world record 30.81 for 300m shading Michael Johnson's 17-year-old previous best of 30.85. The new mark also eclipsed the Městský Stadium and Golden Spike meeting record (30.97) held by Usain Bolt since 2010.
 
Bolt was among the Olympic champions shaping up for a tilt at World Championship glory in London and he looked a little rusty as he took a routine victory in the 100m (10.06) in the final event of the evening before delighting the crowd with his post race antics followed by a comedy attempt at the long jump! Clearly an athlete who is getting ready for retirement.
 
Retirement is, thankfully, still far from the thoughts of Mo Farah, who has unfinished business in London before a possible attempt at Olympic gold in the Tokyo Olympic marathon in 2020. The four-time Olympic champion seemed to be toying with the field in Ostrava and was led at the bell by 19-year-old Kenyan Mathew Kimeli before unleashing his fearsome finishing kick on the back straight to go two seconds clear for victory in 27:12:10.      
 
Farah, 34, has already clocked a world-leading 13:00:70 in the 5000m in Eugene one month ago and looks in solid form in the run-up to the defence of his world titles in London, where he will have the support of the home crowd in the familiar surroundings of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

The 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships start on Saturday 5 August and full details are at the official website.