- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

ZURICH (AP) - When it comes to big competition dominance, Mo Farah proved again he is the gold standard.

The Briton clinched his 5,000-10,000 meter double at the European Championships on Sunday, giving his troubled season a golden finish that now makes him the double long distance champion at continental, world and Olympic levels, all at the same time.

While Usain Bolt can major in sprint triples, Farah only has two races to excel at - but he does so with equal style.

And with three doubles in the bag, Farah is already looking at a new cycle that starts with the world championships in Beijing next year. And in 2016, he has two Olympic titles to defend.

“Rio is definitely the big one,” he said.

First of all, though, he wants a smooth season next year.

Only last month, Farah said he had been airlifted to a hospital with a stomach ailment at his U.S. training camp but was good enough for gold in two races in five days here.

“If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I was so down,” Farah said.

After proving his rude health during his 10,000 victory on Wednesday, Farah showed off his running smarts and explosive power in the 5,000, tugging in on the bends and unleashing his unmatched kick for home that has now been unstoppable at big championships since the 2012 London Olympics.

“History is important to me,” Farah said. He now is five-for-five in European championship runs going back to 2010.

Bolt was on hand to witness Farah’s 10,000 victory and the two embraced in the stands afterward. Farah said their working ethic creates a bond.

“What it is - ‘believe in yourself’,” Farah said. “And I see him training really hard. If you put the work in, you can achieve,” he said.

His gold capped the best-ever European Championships for Britain on a five-gold afternoon. Britain finished with 12 gold medals and 23 in total, just edging France, which had nine gold and 23 overall.

On Sunday, Farah’s domination was so overpowering he had time to make his signature Mobot celebration with his hands over his head in the form of the letter “M” as he crossed the line. He beat Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan by more than 2 seconds.

The only athlete who could have stolen the day from Farah was Dutch double sprint champion Dafne Schippers. But she missed the handover in the 4x100 relay that could have given her three titles. Instead, it was Britain that sped to gold.

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