Mo Farah set the quickest 10,000m time this year at the Prefontaine Classic but expressed his disappointment that the pacemakers didn’t push the field fast enough. Friday’s (29 May) event saw Farah return to the venue where he set the European 10,000m record and once again the double Olympic gold medallist prevailed, taking first place in 26:50.97.
Crossing the midpoint of the race in 13:21, Farah headed a group of five Kenyan runners Paul Tanui, Geoffrey Kamworor, Geoffrey Kirui, and Emmanuel Bett. By the closing 800m the leading pack had dwindled down to Farah and Tanui, and Farah, with his electric kick, pulled away from the Kenyan in the closing turn. Tanui finished second in 26:51.86 with Kamworor third in 26:52.65.
Farah’s winning time, however, was around four seconds slower than 2011, when he ran a blistering 26:46.57 to set the record. Reflecting on his performance on Friday, Farah seemed to suggest that he had hoped to set a quicker time: "I was trying to push the pacemakers along. It was hard, leading out myself, Paul and I worked well together, but it wasn't enough. I will give it another shot to go for a faster time."
The UK athlete added: "My training's been going pretty well, so I knew that if it came down to the kick towards the end, I was going to win that race. But at the same time, I wanted to run fast.”
While he may not have recorded the ideal time in Oregon, Farah will no doubt have been buoyed by Arsenal’s performance on Saturday, who won the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.