ZURICH (AP) - Mo Farah looked a picture of perfect health on Wednesday and made the image even better by adding another gold medal, a new Mobot dance and a hug from his friend Usain Bolt.
After being airlifted to a hospital with a stomach ailment barely a month ago, the Olympic and world champion won the 10,000 meters at the European Championships on Wednesday, setting him up for yet another long-distance double with the 5,000 still to come.
Farah led a British one-two as Andy Vernon swept past Turkey’s Ali Kaya in the final meters to claim silver inches.
After skipping the Commonwealth Games because of the four-day hospital stay and momentary heart worries, Farah looked composed from the opening gun, performing with maximum efficiency and minimum sweat to win his fourth straight European Championship event.
“I didn’t want to let people down after missing the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
He already won the Euro long-distance double in 2010 and the 5,000 in 2012, his only race two years ago as he was preparing for his Olympic double.
In cold and blustery weather on Wednesday, Farah finished in a slow 28 minutes, 8.11 seconds, 0.55 seconds ahead of Vernon - who beat Kaya by 0.01 seconds.
Farah’s victory would normally have been a given at the Euros, but had looked doubtful earlier this summer when after a training run, he collapsed on his bathroom floor in Park City, Utah, and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
“They thought something was wrong with my heart. It was scary at times,” Farah said.
Once that worry proved ill-founded, further tests on his stomach also failed to come up with a clear diagnosis. So, he was given the all-clear to compete.
After Wednesday’s race, Farah went up in the VIP stands to seek out Bolt, where the sprint and long-distance greats embraced.
“He is someone who has been there and done it and he is a friend of mine,” Farah said.
On top of that, he showed off a new version of his signature Mobot move where he brings his hands on top of his head in the shape of a heart. On Wednesday, he did a little dance on top.
“Boring seeing the same picture, so I said I’d give them something,” Farah said.
Farah was also proven right when, moments ahead of the men’s 100 final, he predicted that “Dasaolu will win.”