Farah is far too good but saves the 'Mobot' for afters

 

Crystal Palace

Mo Farah could have performed his "Mobot" celebration in front of the home-straight gallery at Crystal Palace last night, without risking defeat in his final pre-Olympic test.

Such was the burst of speed he produced when it came to the crunch in a smooth and controlled 5,000-metres performance, he was out of reach of his rivals by the last 100m.

The world 5,000m champion was content to bide his time in the pack until two laps to go, before hitting the front for the first time. Even then he didn't put his foot on the accelerator until the bell, pulling clear of the Ugandan Moses Kipsiro and then the Australian Collis Birmingham with an upping of the pace from the 200m-to-go mark.

The great British Olympic hope crossed the line in 13 minutes and 06.04 seconds, a long way short of his UK-record figures, then went through his "Mobot" routine to please the crowd.

"It went well," Farah said, reflecting on what was essentially a sharpening exercise ahead of the London Games. "I'm in great form. It's important that I work on my speed."

Dai Greene, Britain's other reigning world champion, had to be content with another runners-up place behind Javier Culson, the Puerto Rican whom he beat to the global 400m crown in Daegu last summer. The Swansea Harrier finished second to Culson at the Diamond League in Paris eight days ago and had to dig deep down the home straight last night to do so again, clawing his way past Angelo Taylor, the two-time Olympic champion from the United States.

"It was OK," said Greene, who finished 0.32sec adrift in 48.10sec "I think it was my third-fastest time ever so I can't be too disappointed.

"I've got a few more weeks to get a bit sharper. So I'm looking forward to the Olympic and hopefully I can get one over Culson then."

Behind Taylor, Greene's training partner, Jack Green, continued his steady progress with a personal best of 48.60sec in fourth place.

It was a good night for a good many of the Britons getting ready for the home Games, not least Chris Tomlinson. The Teessider has struggled for form all season but he uncorked an 8.26m long jump to take second place, 2cm down on Mitchell Watt, the Australian who took World Championship silver last year.

There was also a fine 1500m by Laura Weightman, the Morpeth Harrier who has run her way into Olympic team under the direction of the former world mile record holder Steve Cram. The 21-year-old finished fourth in a high-class field in 4min 08.19sec. Hannah England, returning to action after an Achilles injury, brought up the rear, 11th in 4:14.45.

It was also a painful night for Liu Xiang. After winning his 110m hurdles heat, China's world record holder withdrew from the final because of a back twinge.

At the World Junior Champion-ships in Barcelona, meanwhile, the emerging young Liverpudlian heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the long-jump title with a wind-assisted 6.81m.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in the leaked trailer for Zoolander 2
film
Sport
footballArsenal take the Community Shield thanks to a sensational strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arts and Entertainment
Gemma Chan as synth Anita in Humans
film
News
Keeping it friendly: Tom Cruise on ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart
people
Arts and Entertainment
Ensemble cast: Jamie McCartney with ‘The Great Wall of Vagina’
artBritish artist Jamie McCartney explains a work that is designed to put women's minds at rest
News
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen