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Farah sees room for improvement
Mo Farah insists he can still improve despite becoming the first man to retain the 5,000 metres title in the history of the European Athletics Championships.
Farah reinforced his position as favourite for Olympic gold in London with a supremely composed display, which saw him take the lead with five laps to go and never look in danger of being overtaken.
The 29-year-old powered to victory in Helsinki's Olympic Stadium in 13 minutes 29.91 seconds, and although that was more than 30 seconds slower than his world-leading time in 2012 set in Eugene, Oregon earlier this month, it proved how he is now capable of winning more tactical championship races. "There is a lot of stuff to be worked on," he said.
Farah, who won by almost two seconds from Germany's Arne Gabius, with Turkey's Kemboi Arikan claiming bronze, added: "I will look back and watch the race and tell my coach (Alberto Salazar) how I felt. He was with my training partner Galen Rupp at the US trials and I told him I would take care of things here.
"The indoor season was disappointing, but indoors is one thing and outdoors another. It seems to be going in the right direction and what really did it for me was Eugene where I ran sub-13 minutes, beating a good field. It's all going in the right direction, I just have to stay injury free."
It was all a far cry from Farah's last appearance - or non-appearance - on the track, which saw him accused of being "disrespectful" to fellow competitors and letting down the paying public.
At the Olympic trials in Birmingham on Friday night, Farah easily won his heat of the 1,500m and celebrated well before the line with his so-called 'Mobot', before then withdrawing from Saturday's final.
Anthony Whiteman, who finished fifth behind Farah, felt that was "out of order", adding: "On the last lap Mo kept looking round to see the best time to do his showboating. It is disrespectful to the athletes behind him working their backsides off."
Farah insisted that was not the case, saying: "I got a little bit of stick for it but I didn't intend to disrespect anyone. Sometimes you get carried away and do a celebration.
"I didn't do the 1,500m final but it was just to save my legs and to come out here and get a good race and see where I am. I apologise to everyone who bought tickets (but) this medal means more to me than doing the final and getting a medal there."