If Mo Farah is to claim a historic double double in Rio, it seems his journey to success will be anything but plain sailing after the 33-year-old was clipped towards the end of his qualifying heat for the 5,000m final on Saturday. Farah recovered, however, and will compete alongside Andrew Butchart after the 24-year-old finished in the top five in the second heat.
With just 72 hours to recover after his exertions at 10,000m, added to what looked like stifling conditions in Rio this was a testing heat for Farah. The clip occurred during the final lap, but, as with the collision over 5,000m, Farah recovered and seemed comfortable over the last 100m to claim third in 13:25:25.
Reflecting on his performance and the residual effects of Saturday’s race, Farah said: I've not recovered from the 10,000m as well as I wanted but I've got to rest now, put my feet up and just chill in my room. That is all I have to do. I enjoy what I do and I work hard at what I do.”
While Farah never seemed to lose control of the 10,000m, its clear the race, and perhaps even more so the fall, have taken its toll: “I was a little emotional at the end [of the 10,000m] but now I've recovered and I am just taking it in and just getting through it."
The 33-year-old will now set his sights on Saturday night’s final (01:30 BST, Sunday), where he will face what are likely to be his two main rivals, Ethiopia's Muktar Edris and Dejen Gebremeskel, who enjoyed a considerably easier heat.
Booking his final place too was Andrew Butchart, who ran a measured and confident race and recorded fifth position in a tough heat, crossing the line in 13:20:08.