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.