Mo Farah sealed his status as one of Britain’s best ever athletes tonight as he sprinted to victory in the 5,000m at the World Championships.
Farah, who also took the title in the 10,000m event on Saturday knelt down and kissed the ground after crossing the finish line in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
It is the fifth world or Olympic gold medal for the 30-year-old after he also won the 5,000m and 10,000m at last year’s Olympics and the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu in 2011.
Farah and American training partner Galen Rupp were the only two athletes attempting both events, with doubts cast over how successful Farah would be after only having six days to recover from the first race.
Former middle distance champion Lord Coe said earlier that if Farah won the 5,000m he would be the “greatest British athlete of all time”.
He told the Daily Express: “If Mo wins the 5,000m then you’d have to say he is the greatest British athlete of all time. He would be ahead of all of us with five global golds.
“I’d say Mo would have no equal in Britain if he goes on to achieve the double following on from his two golds in London. It would be a fantastic achievement.”
Ahead of the race, Farah told the British public: “My message to everyone watching on TV is chill out, make a cup of tea, Mo’s on the track!”
Following his victory, a clearly elated Farah walked around the track with a Union flag draped over his shoulders before jumping up in the air in excitement.
Smiling and waving at fans, he then made his way to where his wife Tania and daughter Rihanna were sitting in the crowd, hugging them both as hundreds of camera bulbs flashed in his face.
He told the BBC: “I never thought in my career I would achieve something like this.
“This is something I’ve worked so hard for. All I was thinking about was my kids and how much I’ve been away from them.”
He said he found the race, which saw him stay behind at first before powering to the front in the final laps, a lot harder than the earlier event.
“It was hard,” he said. “It was a lot more hard work than the last, I put so much hard work into it.”
Farah also thanked his team and the public for the support they had given him.
“I had a lot of pressure but, at the same time, I enjoy it,” he said.
“I’m very proud to represent my country and hold the Union Jack.”
Farah became one of the top trending topics on Twitter with many taking to the site to congratulate him.
Fellow athlete Jessica Ennis wrote: “Never in doubt! Another amazing performance! Go @Mo_Farah.”
TV presenter Clare Balding tweeted: “Unbelievable! Mo Farah is just immense.”
British Paralympic star David Weir also wrote on Twitter: “Well done to @Mo_Farah what a race.”
Farah’s win tonight makes him the first Briton to win both long-distance titles at the Olympics and the World Championships and only the second man in the world ever after Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele.