Brilliant Mo Farah wins 5,000m to achieve ‘double-double’

first_imgGREAT 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 yesterday’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.“It shows I didn’t just fluke it in London. To do it again is incredible. I can’t believe it,” said Farah.Farah’s was GB’s 27th gold in Rio and their 65th medal, matching the haul at London 2012.They surpassed that tally when the women’s 4x400m relay team won bronze shortly after.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.“I was surprised by the first lap; I thought it was going to be a slow race,” said Farah.“They had a plan – they wanted to take the sting out of me. But when I hit the front, I wasn’t letting anyone past me.”Farah finished 0.6secs clear of American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who was disqualified along with fourth-placed Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed in fifth.Gebrhiwet, who crossed the line in third, won silver, and Bernard Lagat of the United States was promoted from sixth place to bronze.The disqualifications pushed Butchart, who ran a personal best of 13:08.61, up to fourth.(BBC Sport)last_img

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