Day 1, Part 2 Athletics: World Championships

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Day 1, Part 2

Continued live coverage from the opening session of the World Athletics Championships in London, featuring Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Laura Muir. With analysis by Michael Johnson.

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Welcome to BBC Two viewers who have just joined our coverage of the


World Aquatics Championships. A few moments ago we saw Mo Farah winning


his sixth world title as he stormed to victory, an incredible race. I


said stormed, he held off incredible challenges, a concerted effort from


his Kenyan competitors but eventually he got there. We're


staying on BBC One for the medal ceremony which will happen shortly.


For the moment, so you don't miss this historic moment in world


athletics, we're staying on BBC One and then coverage will continue


until 10:30pm on BBC Two. Often medal ceremonies, a late race like


this, the ceremony would be tomorrow but the crowd are going to witness


the ceremony tonight, which is a great thing for them to enjoy the


moment. It is, they are staying, no one is leaving, everyone is staying


to hear the national anthem playing, for the first medal given out in


these championships. Let's hope that there will be more to follow. We


must give a nod to the girls in the 1500, four into the semifinals, two


personal bests, that was outstanding running from Jessica Judd in


particular. On this race, your thoughts on this, Jess? You were


quite nervous in that. One month to go until your second baby, we didn't


want it to the too nervy! When you're on the track as an athlete


you are in control but as a spectator, it is out of control and


it is nerve-racking. Seeing Mo running the way he does over and


over again, it is incredible. Really special to actually witness it here.


He tried all sorts of tactics we haven't seen him employ, firing up


his opposition, beating his chest, getting the crowd going which seemed


to get his opponents going. I think Brendan said it best, he knows how


to orchestrate the race and that is what he is brilliant at, controlling


what the others are doing. He did not have to make those surges that


they were doing as well. It worked well for him, he could run at the


even pace. You said that maybe he wasn't in the greatest shape he has


been in the past. Ultimately he showed that he's in pretty good


shape. I wonder what this means for 5000 later. The hope is that it


hasn't taken too much out of him. The plan, the Kenyan athletes


working with the Ugandans and Ethiopians, to work as hard as they


could and they were definitely trying to throw him. They were


trying to stop Mo Farah being in the lead with one lap to go. From the


beginning. What he was trying to do was to create more atmosphere, as if


he needed it. He knew that the crowd in this arena worldwide behind him.


-- were right behind him. Then letting it go a little bit too much.


Then we saw Mo going back to the front. Staying I'm still here,


controlling this. They were still trying to get in front of him. He


was having to work hard again to come back to the front. I think this


shows he is actually in better shape than he has been. He has gone back


and he has worked really hard after that 10,000 metres where he was a


little bit disappointed. He knew he was fast but he was trying to get


back, he knew that they were trying to block him and get around him.


Tanui was the last one to try to get in front of him. When Mo is in front


at the Bell, no one is going to beat him. His worst enemy was himself, he


was looking to see where the dangers were coming from, looking over both


shoulders and he stumbled onto the rail. He manages to stay up, so good


at staying calm, not letting those little things that can not queue and


take away your momentum -- that can knock you. Cheptegei looking the


best. Gathering himself. Anybody else, he would have won the race but


he couldn't get past Mo Farah because he had that extra gear. He


hasn't run the fastest lap he has run for his titles and they had made


the race so hard until that point and they tried everything they


could. Cheptegei, 20 years old, the Ugandan, so are we seeing someone


who may dominate the way that Mo Farah has done over the last decade?


I'm not sure that they can but Cheptegei is to be watched, the


bravery he showed in the world Cross country to go as hard as he did,


trying to win the race. Reflected in the wisdom he used there, trying to


judge that and he still came out of it with a huge personal best. He


hasn't been able to beat Mo Farah, probably didn't believe he could do


it but he has got a Silver Medal. Going back to the first weekend of


January, on a cold Saturday in Edinburgh, he was disappointed in


the Edinburgh Cross country, saying he had not done enough work over the


winter. Off the back of his celebrations from Rio, he took some


time out but from then on he knew that he would have to work hard and


dig deep to get into this position. I think that he knew that. This year


I think is the last year where he's decided he is prepared to make all


of those sacrifices. He is 34, it's getting harder to keep working hard.


What he did coming into this year was to give himself more of a break,


more time with the family before going to the camp. He came for that


in January, his ego took a knock but then he got the wake-up call that he


had to work harder and he did that. He committed to that, the training


he has done has done great. Now he must recover, get his medal first,


but start now tonight on the McCaffrey plan ready to come back


for the 5000 metres heats. He's not had to do the 5000 metres heats and


the final after a race as hard as that one tonight. -- the recovery


plan. The news will take place shortly. As soon as the athletes


come out we will take you to that. Athletes come to -- coverage


continuing on BBC Two. There has only been one gold medal and it is


Mo Farah. You mentioned the 1500 metres women in terms of qualifying


and the men's 100 metres, from the British perspective, it was OK.


Actually it was very good. We thought that CJ Ujah could get into


the final, he is into the semifinal, all three are into the semifinal


which bodes well for them. They will feed off the energy from one


another, they will go into the semifinal with some confidence. I


think CJ Ujah is still the class of the three and he has a very good


perspective on his possibilities. Looking around the stadium, a lot of


people have stayed for the medal ceremony, which is fantastic because


the temptation to go home just after ten the end must be great. But they


will be rewarded because the medal ceremony is about to begin. Mo Farah


coming into the stadium, with his tracksuit on. In a state of euphoria


from that incredible race. The exhaustion won't have kicked in but


the emotions will be running wild. Let's go over to Steve Cram.


COMMENTATOR: Thanks, Gabby. What a night. We thought that it couldn't


get any better after 2012, I don't think any of us knew the journey


that is was going to go one. -- going to go on. Sadly, Brendan I


think has already gone to the pub! One thing you can say, this young


man in the last three World Championships that Mo has won he has


come third. Tanui. Moscow, Beijing and now, London. He gives everything


every time. He is a shoe in for the Kenyan team. On the night he


produces a run like that. They all had a go. I'm pleased for this young


man. Cheptegei, I was watching him on the Ugandan news earlier today.


He was being criticised for not winning a medal in Kampala, saying


that the pressure is on for him to win a medal for his country in


London, and he has done that. Septar was in Kampala for those World


Championships. Going from first to 30th in the last 600 metres in the


race. Not tonight. His first 10,000 metres race in 2008, he lost in


Stanford and he lost in the World Championships in 2011, but not any


more. Win, win, win, gold, gold, gold, all the way. And here,


tonight, his tenth global worlds, his tenth global gold medal.


Incredible. It's easy for us to keep adding them on but each one of these


wins in itself... If he had only won this race tonight it would be a


phenomenal achievement. It is another one to add tonight. Another


one for his list of achievements. This is for Mo.


# Long to reign over us


A true British sporting hero. He's going to be back what we hope will


be a brilliant career on the track. If it ends here tonight, the success


he has had. It was incredible. Perhaps his best ever. STUDIO: A


sixth World Championship gold, not just a British great, perhaps the


greatest British athlete, but alongside the world greatest, his


name sits alongside the likes of Carl Lewis, Michael Jackson, Sergey


Bubka, Dibaba, to name a few. One of the greats of the sport. That is


ending our coverage on BBC One. We are live on BBC Two until 10:30pm.


For now it is time for us to go and for you to enjoy the news. Good


night. So, we continue enjoying these


scenes of Mo Farah Pinilla and an stadium, holding his sixth World


Championship -- in the London Stadium. Sami people have stayed to


enjoy the moment with him as well, as they know it is history -- so


many people. Jess and Paul and Michael watching on. He does not


look like he'll be too tired for the 5000 metres -- and Paula. The only


thing we can say is that the conditions are good for 10,000


metres Manning, not like the 10,000 metres we saw in Rio and in Beijing


-- 10,000 metres running. It is reflected in the fact he has run the


world lead in 10,000 metres. We know that he is in great shape. He must


stick to his recovery plan which will be in place. He will have


already taken a recovery snack on board, he will go into the cryo


chamber tonight, if not tomorrow to start on the recovery process, doing


very little running. The medal ceremony was orchestrated to be here


tonight, but not having to come back here for that so many will be a


bonus. Yes, it means he can get on with the process, getting your body


checked out, massages, making sure that having someone on his shoulders


hasn't damaged his neck! Getting his head ready for the next race. He


won't be thinking too much about the 5000 metres, that will start now,


thinking about what he must do to get through the heat, although he


can get through it however he would like but how he's going to react to


the plan that they will bring in the 5000 metres. Jess, he will go back


to the camp and the atmosphere there tonight, everyone has done what they


had to do, everyone has qualified for the finals of semifinals. This


will boost the amp sphere and morale, knowing that the first medal


has gone to Great Britain. It is hard to describe this but when you


are in the village, you feed off it and you are so happy for whoever has


won the gold medal. You take something from that and hope to put


it into your performance. A great start to the Championships. Yeah,


hopefully we'll win a view more medals over the next few days. What


a great start, we have had super Saturday but this was fantastic


Friday. It was entertaining, it was really thrilling to watch because it


was so close to the end and we were on pins and needles to see how it


unfolded and it is great that Mo was able to win. The competition was


fantastic to watch. I'm going to let you get some rest because we have a


busy day tomorrow. Not you at home, it is these guys here! We are back


here at 9:30am, the heptathlon is going to start, Katarina


Johnson-Thompson is the British hope. We aren't finished on BBC Two,


we are going to go outside. I imagine that the crowds are starting


to leave and Rayudu Uber is out there. -- Ore Oduba. No doubt a few


of them have made their way here. They are here! That evening, this


will be our spot after 10pm every evening for these championships as


these 50,000 supporters steadily make their way out of the Queen


Elizabeth Park, in the shadow of the beautiful Orbit in front of us. For


the duration of the championships we are going to get analysis, reaction,


soaking up the thrills and spills. Mo Farah gave us some of that. Most


importantly we are going to get magnetic heads on some slightly


oversized props, starting with the man himself! Starting with you, Mo


Farah. Another great night in the career of that man. Two people who


know all about successful Great Britain. Denise Lewis and Colin


Jackson, welcome. That wasn't easy. It certainly wasn't the plan that in


the 10,000 metres, like in the Olympic Games, you can have a full


or a stumble but when you are Mo Farah you can still come out


smiling. He can smile but we were on the edge of our seats! It was great.


We should never take for granted just how difficult it is to win.


We're so used to seeing him doing it so well, we think what he does is


easy but a fantastic night for Mo, his family, the sacrifices he has


made. Boy, what an epic night. The general public has an incredible


time. The atmosphere in that stadium was magical. That will be difficult


to beat by even the main man himself. Tomorrow will be tough.


Exactly. You predicted one gold medal for Great Britain. You are


bang on 100%. Let's talk about your main man then. We will try and wrap


up the action of what we have seen over the day. Talking about the 100


metres and Usain Bolt, himself did not have a steady go of things in


the heats. He wasn't really happy with the starting blocks. He


mentioned that quickly. For me, what was special is he ran about five


strides and accelerated away. He's highlighted here, out of the blocks.


He stumbles a bit. He goes right, one, two, three, four. Five heavy


strides, eases away and then slows down. He still runs 10. 07. You


know, this guy is a marvel. He's so talented. I think sometimes, and I


really mean, this, he plays himself, people say he plays himself as an


entertainer. He's so talented. I have never seen anything like this.


What is amazing is how he's striving for perfection. After all these


years we know how much he struggles with the blocks and he still talks


about it. That drive phase, coming out, it is awkward. It bothers him,


even after all the gold medals he' ashiefed. Shiefed. -- - aachieved.


He'll have to step it up for the semis. He will have to make the


steps up. He is possibly the only person who can run 10. 07 and say it


was rubbish! That was most likely a sub 10 performance. He didn't see it


through. He's gone two metres faster than that for the final. Do you


think he'll have that difficult balance of being an entertainer,


soaking up the last moments of a World Championships in the last


minutes and having to deliver as the fastest man in the world? No. He


will not have a problem with it. This is his arena, his domain. It is


like he's home-grown. He loves the entertainment, the showmanship. When


he puts his focus head on, he's fine. He has done a last race


already. In Jamaica he said he struggled a little bit to raise his


performance when the crowd were cheering him. He knows it is a major


championship. He wants a gold medal. He is saying goodbye to the track


and the world of athletics after this. Great Britain has a real


prospect in 21-year-old Reece Prescod. He blew himself away today.


Highlighted in the track. Got out the blocks well. I was anxious when


you sometimes work on your start you lose some of the good bits of your


performance. He has come out of the blocks well. He's nailing that now.


That will give him consistency which I hope will see him through to a


better semifinal. He has almost a similar problem, as you are saying,


he is a rangy and tall athlete, but he struggles getting that drive


phase completely nailed. He is still young. Still learning. Like Colin


says... I was anxious about how he would respond to this crowd. As he


said in the interview, he said when he came into the stadium, he was


like, wow! There are all these people here. He responded in the


best possible way. He did as well. Chijindu Ujah as well.


Justin Gatlin did not have a nice time of it in there as far as the


response from the crowd. No, he didn't. Rightly so. A lot of people


are still bitter and angry. We have seen all these new allocation of


medals. That hurts the British public. Hurts people who come and


love the sport. They still have this dislike for Justin Gatlin. He will


do what he does and he will run. Mo Farah had a much better time of it


in there. He's been speaking to Phil Jones, with the gold medal around


his neck, one more time. Congratulations was this one of the


most satisfying of all? It was amazing tonight. I had to get my


head around it. I got a little bit emotional at the start. Then I had


to just get in the zone and... It's just been amazing. The crowd are


incredible again. You were orchestrating the crowd, wanting


them involved from the start. Getting involved with the crowd, get


them going. It was not an easy race though. It was a tough race. They


took it to you in that one. You ended up with a world-lead time.


Whatever the tactics, whatever they tried to do, they cannot beat you. I


work on everything, Phil, you know. It's been a long journey. At the


same time I try and cover everything in training, long, speed, and what a


way to end my career, in London, and tonight was special. The guys put it


out there. Was there any point where you felt


this could be the one where they take you to the finish? I knew from


when 12 laps to go they went so hard. I knew it would be tough. It


is a matter of believing in my sprint finish and big confidence and


knowing I have been in that situation before. It helped a lot


having that experience. How about sharing the moment with your family?


That was a special moment for me. It's spending time with them. To do


a lap of honour, it was a once in a lifetime. And, yeah, it's


incredible. We are looking for number 11 now. We are a bit greedy!


Anything is possible. Anything is possible, if you train hard, work


hard at it - anything is possible in life. We have to see life in a real


positive way and work for it. All the kids out there, youngsters who


want to be just like me, it is possible. If you work at it, stick


at it, comes to hurdles and obstacles in the way, but you will


get there. If you believe in that, then it's possible. Mo,


congratulations! See you for the five. Thank you. Thank you to all my


Arsenal fans. The big boss was here watching me, I hear. And so many


other people. I love you all. And they all love him. Every one of


the 50,000, pretty much coming out of the stadium. They feel the same


way about Mo Farah. Colin, ten major gold medals on that list. Just


beggars belief. It is phenomenal. In 2011 when he won the gold and


silver, who would have thought that there on in this man was conquer the


world and continue to conquer the world in the way he has. It is an


incredible amount of medals he amassed in a short time. Not like


he's gone through challenges. They have not come on a plate, those gold


medals. Going through those challenges, he finds himself on this


list with the greats. He's a legend. It is the very best we have seen on


the list. Mo is right up there. I just think it is staggering how he's


managed to keep himself in such good shape. Relatively injury-free. But


to join that illustrious list is a phenomenal achievement. He's not


done yet. There is a 5,000 metres. Why put the pressure on the guy to


say he wants the 11th. I am sure that is what he'll be going for. If


only we could have Greg Rutherford on the track today going for another


of those medals that we saw on Super Saturday in that very stadium.


Speaking of the field events, Steve Backley can round up some of the


action. Especially Holly Bradshaw in the pole vault. Holly did well. The


night belonged to Mo Farah. It was good for others too.


This is for 50. That opening effort, that took her


through to Sunday's final. She didn't have to jump again after


that. So flawless evening for Holly Bradshaw.


It went well for Morris of the United States. 4. 55. Way clear of


that. Only lost the Olympics on countback. She's a contender.


Absolutely someone we should keep an eye on. When we think of Holly


Bradshaw maybe being a medallist. Jenn Suhr, the champion here at the


Olympic five years ago. Didn't go so well tonight. A third time failure


for Jen Suhr. Went out with three fouls. Took the gamble. Passed all


those heights previous to 4. Ds 55, as you can see -- 4. 55.


The world champion, Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, making 4. 60


look comfortable. She led the way into Sunday's final.


And she's the favourite to take the world title.


Here are the athletes who are in that final on Sunday.


Stefanidi, on top of the world, as expected.


Watch out for Holly Bradshaw. A good evening's work for her.


Another great field event was the men's long jump. No Greg Rutherford.


Ankle injury kept him out. But it wasn't really of high class as


anticipated. The South Africans went well.


Every-Henderson, the Olympic champion -- Jeffrey Henderson, the


Olympic champion is out. So that is Jeff Henderson, the


Olympic champion, from Rio 2016, not making it through to the men's long


jump final. So, we will not have either of the last two Olympic


gold-medallists going in the long jump final.


Clearly you see he was well behind the board. Obviously he's had


trouble with that runway all night. Trying to compensate, but just


overcooked it, really. Too far back. You can see there's his coach...


Triple jump record-holder, sorry Olympic champion. Even with his


abilities he still couldn't quite nail it right. But it is a shame to


see him going out. You want to see the best athletes in the


A word on Jessica Judd, who had a great performance. Great run. Great


lift by the crowd. She got through six qualifying in her group. Great


to see all our girls doing well in the 50. Laura Muir through. Great


Britain are on a roll. We are on the way. One gold medal has gone the way


of a certain Sir Mo Farah. It has been brief. Do you know what, it has


been lovely. One day I will get myself inside the Olympic Stadium.


If you don't mind coming to join us most nights, that would be lovely.


Appreciate it. The night will go to Mo Farah. Another world title goes


to his name. He's got gold, has Mo. He survived a couple of trips and


slips. He likes to keep it interesting. See you tomorrow. 9.


30pm. BBC Two. See you then. This will not be easy for Mo


Farah... In front of his home crowd n the city he knows so well. The


city he loves. Mo Farah knows he's in a distance race. Never been as


quick as this. Never been as hard as this. One more effort from Mo Farah.


Here he goes. He's a one-man world superpower.


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Continued live coverage from the opening session of the World Athletics Championships in London, including reaction and analysis. Mo Farah attempts to defend his world 10,000m title, while world record-holder Usain Bolt begins his bid for a 12th World Championship gold medal in his final appearance in a major competition. Elsewhere on the track, double European indoor champion Laura Muir is in action in the 1,500m heats.

With expert analysis by eight-times world champion Michael Johnson.