Mo Farah (13/8 to win the 5000m with Stan James) secured Britain’s first gold medal of the European Championships by winning the men’s 10,000m in Barcelona.
The 27-year-old won his first-ever title and Britain’s first-ever gold in this race by beating fellow countryman Chris Thompson (10/1 to win the 5000m with Stan James), to make it a GB one-two finish.
The Somalia-born athlete finished in 28 minutes and 24.99 seconds for an emphatic victory.
The win tasted even sweeter as he had to settle for silver in Gothenburg, four years ago, when running in the 5,000m.
“To wait for four years after last time is not easy, I gave 100% then got beaten by a better man,” Farah told BBC Sport.
“This means so much to me. I had doubts in the winter when I thought it wasn’t right, and I had collapsed after a race.”
Farah battled throughout the race with Spain?s Ayad Lamdassem, but with two laps left, he sprinted and took control. Lamdassem, meanwhile, faded and was overtaken by Thompson and Italy?s bronze-medal winner Daniele Meucci.
Thompson and Meucci had their own battle for silver and crossed the line at the same time, but a photo finish revealed that Thompson finished 0.0002 of a second faster. This left him incredibly emotional, as he has battled with injuries since winning the 5,000m European Under-23 Championships gold seven years ago.
?Before the race it was a complete rollercoaster but this season has gone so well,? Thompson told BBC Sport. ?With 10 laps to go I hit my first sticky patch of the year, but when this man [Mo] ? who?s the best long distance runner we?ve ever had ? went to the front I thought ?I have to get through it?. To finish second to this guy is an absolute honour. This is my gold medal right here.?
London based Farah added that he was just happy to see months of hard work pay off in Barcelona and that he felt ?awesome?.