Aug 17 2013
Mo Farah would like to challenge the long-distance world records of the great Kenenisa Bekele after emulating the Ethiopian by completing a dream double-double.
The 30-year-old confirmed his status as arguably the greatest British athlete of all time by claiming his second gold of the World Championships in Moscow on Friday night.
A thrilling 5,000 metres victory sealed a second twin triumph following his two golds at London 2012.
Only Bekele has previously won both long-distance crowns at the Olympics and the World Championships and, with the medals in the bag, his times could now tempt Farah.
"It would be nice to get closer to the record and the great athlete Bekele has both records," said Farah. "It would be nice to get closer to that, but I haven't tried too much.
"I've just been concentrating on the World Championships and winning medals for my country.
"But now it gives me time to think about it and try to prepare for it. That's very hard in a championship, when you have to cover every move."
Bekele's marks over 5,000m and 10,000m are 12 minutes 37.35 seconds and 26mins 17.53secs respectively, while Farah's personal bests are 12m 53.11s and 26:46.57.
Farah is currently the king of dominating slow races, on Friday night producing another fierce kick, this time from 650m out.
It looked at one point as if he might be caught, with several men still in contention coming into the home straight, but Farah, his face contorted with effort, dug into his deepest reserves of energy to pull away and win by 0.28.
He crossed the line in 13:26.98, with Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet taking silver and Kenya's Isaiah Kiplangat Koech the bronze.
After a typically rapid final lap, timed at 53.51, he dropped to his knees and kissed the blue Mondo track before embracing coach Alberto Salazar, the man who has overseen Farah's rise to greatness.
Farah hailed the win as "definitely the sweetest" of his career, coming only six days after a gruelling 10,000m race which had taken its toll on his body.
The Briton and his American training partner Galen Rupp were the only two athletes attempting the double, leaving their fresher rivals with a distinct advantage.
But Farah, who received his gold medal from Sebastian Coe, is no ordinary athlete.
Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster told BBC Sport: "For my money he is the greatest athlete we've ever had in this country."