Lakshmanan runs personal best, but fails to qualify for final

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 10, 2017

There was another cautionary tale for Farah Wednesday as South Africa's track star Wayde van Niekerk squeezed through to the 200 final in the last qualifying spot, just under 24 hours after he won 400 gold having made a concerted effort to preserve his energy by stepping back from chasing the world record.

The 34-year-old finished second in his 5,000 metres heat in 13 minutes 30.18 seconds and is now eyeing Saturday's final ahead of his planned track retirement at the end of the month.

In Saturday's final, he will be seeking an incredible fifth consecutive 5,000m/10,000m double at a global championships.

"The rounds are the hardest rounds but you have to get through it".

"I'm cold, it's miserable out there but it's job done".

"It would mean the world to me [to win]", Farah said.

"The knee's all right, the body is a bit exhausted - that's all".

"I'm not saying I'm going to overtake Mo or dominate like him, but it's more that I would love to fill his boots", he said. "You have seen that with Usain Bolt". It would have been nice to see him win but it didn't happen and no-one is going to give it to you - no matter who you are, even Usain Bolt. It would be pretty incredible to bow out with another double gold, but these guys are coming for me. You can't take anything for granted.

"Those boys are coming for me, they are hungry".

"Hopefully with my personality I can get other people involved in athletics".

The heats suggested that Farah's biggest challenge will come from the three young Ethiopians Barega, Muktar Edris, the fastest man in the world this year, and Kejelcha. "I have to be ready". "It was not easy in these conditions and with some falls", Barega said. British 200-meter runner Daniel Talbot unwittingly echoed Farah's sentiment about Bolt when he said of Van Niekerk's performance: "He's only human".

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