Mo Farah wins 5,000m & 10,000m ‘double double’
Great Britain’s Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold medal as he became only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.
The 33-year-old won Saturday’s 5,000m final in Rio to extend his tally as Britain’s most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.
Farah won in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds as Scot Andrew Butchart finished fourth.
Farah clinched GB’s 65th medal in Rio – matching the haul at London 2012 – and their 27th gold.
They will surpass that tally on Sunday – the final day of the Games – as boxer Joe Joyce is guaranteed at least a silver medal when he fights in the super-heavyweight final.
“I can’t believe it,” said Farah. “After the 10k my legs were a bit tired but I did it. It is every athlete’s dream.”
More history for Mo
Farah cemented his place as one of Britain’s greatest athletes with his double success four years ago, but repeating the feat makes him the world’s most successful distance runner in terms of major medals.
The Somalia-born Londoner is a nine-time global champion, moving him above Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, after his second victory in Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
He also matched the feat of Finland’s Lasse Viren, who completed the long-distance double at the Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976 Olympics.
Farah had already achieved the World Championships ‘double double’, successfully defending his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing last year.
Despite being the pre-race favourite, Farah insisted winning the 10,000m in Rio would be tougher than in London.
Ethiopians Dejen Gebremeske and Hagos Gebrhiwet took turns to set a quick pace in the first half of the race.
Farah moved to the front shortly after the 3,000m mark, taking control of the pace before accelerating to hold on in the final straight.
Farah finished 0.6secs clear of American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who finished second before being disqualified.
Gebrhiwet eventually took silver, with Bernard Lagat of the United States winning bronze.
Brendan Foster, Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator:
“What a moment. What a fantastic performance. What a privilege to see this man collect a fourth Olympic medal in style. He did it the only way he knows how.
“Mo, you are a treasure. You are more than a national treasure. You are the greatest we have ever had and one of the greatest distance runners we have ever seen.”
source; BBC Sports