What Happened Today at the 2017 World Track & Field Championships

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The 34-year-old Brit insists the leg injury sustained during his stunning 10,000m victory at the London Stadium will not hinder his bid for more glory.

So, of his rivals in Friday's 10,000m, who can get close to Farah, who again is not the quickest in the field going into the championships?

Five of the six 400m heats were won in under 45 seconds, with South Africa's Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk strolling the other in 45.27.

But then, such is Farah's dominance, he has the ability to win the race however it is run; he has also shown he can cope with mid-race surges and even clawed his way back from a fall to take gold in the Olympic final previous year. "I've got a few cuts and bruises but I just have to be strong now".

Coming into this final he had eight consecutive 10,000m victories under his belt, including gold at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, two golds at the Worlds and another at the European Championships.

He finished in 26 minutes 49.51 to win from Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei in 26:49.94 while Kenyan Paul Kipngetich Tanui won bronze in 26:50.60. Fair play to them, they worked it hard and they chucked everything at me.

The Kenyan threat has vastly more experience, with Geoffrey Kamworor, who beat Farah in the World Half-Marathon Championships a year ago, Rio silver medallist Paul Tanui and Bedan Karoki in the field.

"To have my family on the track is very special", he said. One thought was with him: "I can't lose in my hometown".

However as many people are asking how athletics will be able to cope without Bolt and his engaging showmanship, perhaps unfairly the same has not been said about the vacuum that Farah will leave in his wake. "It is just not what I am used to, not as sturdy or firm". Last night was difficult, it was hard, the guys gave it to me - each one of them but at the same time they were working as a team. "It helped a lot having that experience". I had to get in the zone.

"Yeah, I definitely agree with them, they know what they're doing", he said, after being told commentators Steve Cram and Brendan Foster said it was his greatest performance. Remember Farah had to haul himself off the track in Rio after a hearts in mouth-inducing fall.

And it will take something special from his opponents to deny him that 11th and final track crown before he switches to the marathon where even greater riches await.

"I've got such a long stride I don't blame anyone", he said. Justin Gatlin was booed when his name was announced before his race and was again jeered loudly on winning heat 5 to qualify 5th fastest overall in 10.05 secs.

For once then it seemed Usain Bolt was playing support act, his qualification from the 100m heats a little earlier merely teasing the crowd for what is to come.

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