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  1. Mo Farah secures Britain's first gold by winning the 10,000m
  2. Ennis-Hill in first place and Johnson-Thompson second after four heptathlon events
  3. Justin Gatlin (9.83 secs) and Usain Bolt (9.97) in 100m heats

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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What a great start to the championships - another gold for Mo Farah, Brits Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson hog the top two spots in the heptathlon, while we've had a glimpse of Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin before the fireworks go off on Sunday. That's it from us today. Thanks, as always, for your contributions, please join us on Sunday if you can. Bye for now. 

Vote results

Before we wrap up today's live text, I suppose we should tell you the results of our vote. How could we keep you on tenterhooks for so long? Cruel, I know. 

We asked: how many medals will Great Britain win at the World Championships in Beijing? The majority of you (38.3%) think Britain will win between four to six medals. It's certainly been a good start. 

Farah's deadly sprint finish

The winning margins of Farah's six global titles: 0.28 0.48 0.32 0.52 0.28 0.63 In other words: Mo will outsprint you on the last lap.

Bolt v Gatlin - the battle hots up

Usain Bolt v Justin Gatlin
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Let's not forget about the men's 100m semi-finals and final. What a prospect. The world and Olympic champion versus the fastest man in the world this year. Good versus bad? Hero against villain? The semi-finals begin at 05:00 BST, while the final (at 14:15 BST) will bring the curtain down on day two. What is the consequence of a Justin Gatlin victory? Can Usain Bolt beat the favourite? We'll find out on Sunday.

Heptathlon Sunday showdown

That's the opening day done and dusted. Britain, thanks to Mo Farah, already have a gold medal in the bag and top the medal table, for what that's worth right now, but could there be another British gold tomorrow? 

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be vying for gold in what could be a brilliant conclusion to the heptathlon. 

Battle will commence in the long jump at 02:00 BST, but if you prefer to sleep during such hours, worry not because you could still catch the javelin (05:05 BST) and the 800m finale at 12:40 BST. It's a shame we have to wait. 

'5,000m heats will be tough for Mo'

Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

"The 5,000m will be difficult for Mo Farah, because there are heats to get through as well. Mo will hate the heats, because he's run 25 laps here, and when you have to run 12-and-a-half laps in a heat for the 5,000m, your body doesn't want to do that. It wants to save itself. And your body shuts down, so you feel more tired running the heats of a long-distance race, because all you do is qualify to run it again.

"The last time Mo did it, in London, he said he felt more tired in the heats of the 5,000m than he did in the final."

Farah celebrates

'Kamworor may have fatigued Farah'

Paula Radcliffe

Women's marathon world record holder on BBC TV

"Geoffrey Kamworor really did take the race to Mo Farah. No man has ever won the world half-marathon, cross-country and 10,000m titles in the same year. Geoffrey Kamworor came really close tonight, but he just wasn't good enough.

"Having said that, maybe for his Kenyan compatriots in the 5,000m, Geoffrey has fatigued Mo more than we've seen in previous championships. What's going to be key now is how well can go away and recover for that."

Schwanitz wins shot put gold

There's one other gold medal to tell you about and that's in the women's shot put, which was won by Germany's Christina Schwanitz (20.37m). China's Lijiao Gong (20.30m) took silver, with America's Michelle Carter (19.76) in third spot.

'There was no stopping Farah'

Jo Pavey

European 10,000m champion on BBC TV

"What a fantastic run by Mo. There was nothing the field could do. Geoffrey Kamworor tried to force the pace, but Mo always looked relaxed."

Watch Farah win gold

The final 200m was gripping, Farah was pushed, but the Briton came through. If you missed it - why not watch it again. And again. And again. 

World Championships 2015: Mo Farah defends world 10,000m gold

More medals for Mo

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'Farah can win any sort of race'

Michael Johnson

BBC Sport athletics expert & 400m world record holder

"Mo has delivered because of his confidence - and has proved he can win any sort of race, not just a slow one. When he started working with Alberto Salazar, they focused on his speed. You can see the results of that."

'Mo could have fallen and still won'

Daley Thompson

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion on BBC TV

"No matter what might have happened, Mo was in control. I think if he'd fallen over with 300m to go, he'd still have taken everybody. I hope that will kick-start the rest of the British team into thinking: 'We've got a chance of doing something as well.'"

Kamworor second, Tanui third

Having been caught up in Mo Farah's fabulous victory, I've neglected to mention who won silver and bronze in the 10,000m. I'll address that now. Here we go: second was Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor (27:01.76), while Paul Tanui (27:02.83) was third. Galen Rupp was fifth. 

10,000m result
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'Mo wasn't fazed by the pace'

Jo Pavey

European 10,000m champion on BBC TV

"Mo stayed out of trouble. He wasn't fazed by the field pushing the pace. He conserved energy, and only pushed when he needed to. He looked comfortable. He was so professional afterwards - he's only focused on the next race. You can see the jovial Mo coming through. He showed how pleased he is with all the support he's had."

Farah celebrates with the fans

Historic double gold for Farah?

Farah dedicates his victory to his unborn child, and admits it has not been easy being at a championships without his family. (His wife has not traveled to Beijing as she is heavily pregnant.)

The Briton's next task is to win 5,000m gold and should he do so he will become the first man to complete a 5,000 and 10,000m double at consecutive World Championships. 

"I've got to recover, do everything that I can and hopefully get ready for the 5,000m," he says of next week's race. 

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It wasn't easy - Farah

Farah has finished his victory lap and is speaking to Phil Jones. 

"I knew the guys were going to do that, too many years now they've left it slow so they had to do it and it did happen," says the world champion. 

"It was a matter of digging in there and hopefully it didn't take it too much out of me. It's not easy running 27 minutes in this heat."

Farah and the flag
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'I can't wait for the 5,000m'

Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

"Mo Farah stepped off this track seven years ago and nearly gave up distance running. Thank God he didn't. I can't wait for the 5,000m. That's greedy, really, isn't it?"

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Nick Staddon: Threw everything at him, even trying to trim him, but he is the man! Absolute class from Mo Farah #mobot

Howard Horner: Farah is just so, so good. One of the great distance runners, and not done yet! #bbcathletics.

Lisa Campbell: Wow well done @Mo_Farah inspiring and gripping 10k - smashed it in the last few seconds!

Farah kissed the track

Farah 'a legend'

@Mo_Farah showing why he's got so many golds to his name!! Serious hard work and speed there! Guy is a legend..... #therestishistory

'Mo's in the shape of his life'

Paula Radcliffe

Women's marathon world record holder on BBC TV

"The field threw everything at him, including nearly tripping him! But he just took it in his stride. He's in the shape of his life, and he knew that whatever they tried, they weren't good enough to beat him tonight."

Mo celebrating
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Farah wins 10,000m title

Farah taking selfies, lenses focusing on Britain's greatest distance runner - and Britain's most successful athlete. 

Mo Farah wins his fourth world title on the track as he takes victory in the men's 10,000m! 27:01.13 for the Brit!

Mo Farah wins his fourth world title on the track as he takes victory in the men's 10,000m! 27:01.13 for the Brit!

Fourth world title for Farah

Mo Farah grabs a giant Union flag from a spectator and wraps it over his shoulders. The Briton has won a sixth major gold medal - his fourth at the World Championships - and has also broken the Bird's Nest stadium record by three hundredth of a second. 

'Mo could be the greatest'

Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

"That was a great race. Mo Farah was tested, but he followed every move. It was a fantastic performance. The Mo Farah we know and love is celebrating. It was an absolute pleasure to watch that race. He might end up being regarded as the greatest distance runner there's ever been."

Farah wins

'No one could match Mo'

Steve Cram

BBC athletics commentator

"They've thrown everything at him. They've gone hard - but it's not enough. Nothing they had could come close to Mo Farah's pace, strength and ability. He had his wits about him. When he sniffed that gold medal, nobody was going to take it away from him."

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Farah wins 10,000m

Blimey, what a race. Farah, Kamworor and Tanui battling it out coming into the final bend. The Kenyans tried to run the Briton down, Farah was tested but, ultimately, he had too much speed at the end. 

Farah celebrates
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Kamworor is on Farah's shoulder, Tanui attacking late... Farah still in the lead... coming into the home straight. 

The final bell rings... Farah's out in front... he sets off.. the Briton is clipped by the back runners... 


500m to go... Farah in front

Two laps to go... Will anyone break loose, attempt to release themselves from Farah's shackles? Farah and Kamworor matching each other stride for stride... 

'Tripping Mo might stop him'

Steve Cram

BBC athletics commentator

"Tripping Mo up might be one way to stop him. What's happening there is that the panic is starting to set in among the pack. They're bunching up. Geoffrey Kamworor hasn't done enough."

1000m remaining - Farah in contention

A slight stumble from Farah but nothing to worry about. Three laps remaining and Farah now overtakes Geoffrey Kamworor. The three Kenyans, Farah and Galen Rupp battling it out. 

Farah second, four laps to go

8,000m completed in under 22 minutes, and the laps are getting slower. Farah looking over his shoulder, only Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui ahead of him. Kamworor looking up to the big screen, checking to see where everyone is. Four laps remaining and just as they complete the lap Farah moves into second.  

Farah second...five laps to go

"Not hard enough," says Steve Cram of the Kenyans' effort to tire Mo Farah,. The Briton second, waiting, planning his crowning move. Galen Rupp in the mix, too, in fifth. 

'It's swinging towards Mo'

Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

"The pendulum is swinging towards Farah because Geoffrey Kamworor is having to lead so much. This is the hardest Farah has had to run in a major championship. But is he a championship runner? We know he is."

Farah poised

Farah up to third

Farah extends his stride and glides into second spot. Geoffrey Kamworor can now feel the Briton's breath on his shoulder. Paul Tanui overtakes Farah  - but the Briton cruising with seven laps remaining. 

'It's a relentless pace'

Steve Cram

BBC athletics commentator

"The pace has been hard and relentless, but it may have to get quicker. If the front-runners want to drop Farah, they'll have to go faster."

The field

'Mo's doing everything he needs to'

Paula Radcliffe

Women's marathon world record holder on BBC TV

"Mo is just sitting there comfortably, on Galen Rupp's shoulder, and he's doing everything he needs to do without using too much energy."

Farah fourth, in control

"I think early on they will try to do something to burn me out – or perhaps even tire me out for the 5,000m next week," said Mo Farah ahead of this race. The Briton was right, the Kenyans and Ethiopians upped the ante after the second lap but they need to continue to turn the screw if they are to continue to test the double world and Olympic champion. 

Galen Rupp moving to third, Farah now fourth... Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui leading but they must do it all on their own if they are to gang up on the Briton. No Ethiopians in sight, they've fallen by the wayside. 

Farah looking comfortable

10,000m final

Mo Farah has closed the gap on the leaders and, approaching the halfway mark, is seventh, on the shoulder of his training partner Galen Rupp. Geoffrey Kamworor leading through 5,000m... and they're slowing, which benefits the defending champion Farah.