Sunday, 14 August 2016

RIO 2016: Mo Farah Wins 10,000m Track and Set A British Record

Mo Farah overcame a mid-race fall to power through to the front of the field in the final 100m and win in 27 minutes, five seconds.

The 33-year-old became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals as he retained his 10,000m title with a thrilling victory in Rio.

Mo Farat (middle) doing the traditional "mobot".

Kenya's Paul Tanui took the silver, with Ethopia's Tamirat Tola claim the bronze.

Mo Farah will return to the track on Wednesday to begins the defence of the ,000m title he won at London 2012.

"I've won an Olympic gold for three of my children," he said. "Now I'd like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy." He said

Should he win that race, he will become the first man since Finland's Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles.

He has already achieved the world double-double, having retained his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing last year.

Farah looked comfortable at the back of the field in Rio, choosing his moment to pick his way through the pack.

His hopes briefly looked in danger when he was accidentally tripped by training partner Galen Rupp with 16 laps to go, but he recovered to surge past Tanui on the home straight.

"I wasn't going to let it go," he said. "I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional.

"I thought 'get through, get through'. I believed in myself."

  1.     Mo Farah - 27:05.17
  2.     Paul Tanui - 27:05.64
  3.     Tamirat Tola - 27:06.26
  4.     Yigrem Demelash -  27:07.27
  5.     Galen Rupp - 27:08.92
  6.     Joshua Cheptegei - 27:10.06
  7.     Bedan Muchiri - 27:22.93
  8.     Zersenay Tadese - 27:27.86

Farah's compatriots Andy Vernon and Ross Millington finished 25th and 31st respectively.