Following a difficult year, Great Britain's Mo Farah was delighted to get on the major stage and pick up another gold medal.
Mo Farah was glad of the opportunity to let his running "do the talking" as he defended his 10,000 metres crown at the World Championships in Beijing.
The Olympic champion came through a testing race in difficult conditions to cross the line in 27 minutes 1.13 seconds.
And following a year in which he has had to deal with allegations of doping levelled at his coach Alberto Salazar and training partner Galen Rupp, who finished fifth, Farah was delighted to get his championships off to a winning start.
"It wasn't easy," he told the BBC. "The year I've had, I just have to let my running do the talking and just keep winning medals " that's what I'm good at."
Farah had to contend with the tactical approach of the Kenyan contingent, who came close to tripping the Briton on a number of occasions.
"I knew the guys were going to do that [make it difficult]," he continued. "It was just a matter of hanging in there and hopefully iot didn't take too much out of me.
"So many times I nearly got tripped, nearly went down. I didn't go down but there were three or four times that I nearly went down
"I've got a long stride so it's easier to catch, but I don't know if they were deliberately trying to take me out either.
"I don't have to think about it now. The race is done and I can just get ready for the 5k."
Farah is now looking to recover quickly complete an historic 'double double' by winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m at consecutive World Championships.
"It's not easy to run in this heat for 27 minutes," he added. "You've got to believe in yourself and I do believe in myself.
"It would be amazing to do it, but tonight hopefully didn't take a lot out of me."