Mo Farah’s hopes of winning his third successive world championship distance double could be in jeopardy after requiring medical treatment following Friday’s epic victory in the 10,000m.
The 34-year-old British legend won despite being spiked twice in the final lap — the first saw him almost come to grief and fall into the infield — and which resulted in blood pouring from his left calf.
The Somalia-born runner, who prior to Friday’s victory had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the battering he had taken but still curtailed media committments so he could be attended to by medical staff.
“I am hurt, I just have to be strong now and see the doctors,” said Farah.
“I’ve got a few cuts and bruises, perhaps I will need a few stitches, I need to recover and get ready, I’ve got enough days” before the 5000m heats which are on Wednesday and the final on Saturday.
Farah though rejected notions that the spiking was deliberate.
“I’ve got such a long stride I don’t blame anyone,” he said.
“I recalled how I went down in Rio (in the 10,000m after which he got up to win). I got caught twice and I was thinking ‘I can’t go down I can’t go down’.”