LONDON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mo Farah, 10,000 meter gold medalist, qualified for the final of the 5,000 meters on Wednesday morning to line up a shot at a double gold medal.
Farah, who provided one of the moments of the Games last Saturday as he claimed gold in the 10,000 meters and give Team GB its third athletics triumph in less than an hour, ended the second qualified third in his heat in a time of 13.26, before admitting he had been forced to work harder than he expected to secure the chance of a second Olympic title.
"It was pretty difficult, I was a bit tired, that 10,000m final took a lot more out of me than I thought," commented Farah, who was nevertheless content with his performance.
"I'm happy with where I am now, I've got a couple of days to recover and then I'll come back for the final. It's nice to be through to the final, now it just depends on what my legs allow me. It would have been nice to run a lot slower than I ran in the heats but I just have to recover," he said.
Other events on Wednesday morning saw the start of the men's decathlon, where US world record holder, Ashton Eaton is favorite.
The women's hammer throw also got under way with the qualifying rounds, along with the first round of the women's 800 meters, where 2009 world champion, Caster Semenya from South Africa was the focus of attention .
Semenya qualified second in her heat and said afterwards that she would be hoping for a fast pace rather than tactical races in the semi-finals and finals.
Poland's Anna Wlodrarczyk lead the field in the hammer, setting the benchmark with a throw of 75.68, over a meter more than any of the other finalists, while Australia's Steven Hooker was one of five athletes who needed just one attempt to achieve the qualifying height for the pole vault final.
The 2008 Olympic champion has been struggling for form in the run up to the Games, but didn't look to lack confidence as he completed the formality of qualification in breezy conditions.
Greek, Konstadinos Flippidis vaulted to 5.60 in the morning session and it looks as if it will be an open final with Great Britain's Steven Lewis also needing just one vault to assure qualification.