Crash or not, nothing can stop Farah over 10000 at Olympics
Aug 15 2016
Greg Rutherford was defending his Olympic title, Mo Farah was hoping to make it third time lucky, and the wonderful Jessica Ennis-Hill was hoping to take home the Gold medal in the Heptathlon.
Mo Farah successfully defended his men's 10,000 metres title at the Olympics in Rio.
"When I went down, I thought oh my god, that is it", Farah said of falling a little more than a third of the way through the race. The trio were all back to defend their titles in Rio on Saturday and all won medals, although it was only Farah who topped the podium.
He also won the 5000m and 10,000m titles at the two world championships held since the London 2012 Olympic Games, meaning he could achieve a unique "quadruple-double" in Brazil, by winning the two long distance races at two consecutive Olympic Games and two consecutive world championships.
The reigning 5,000m and 10,000m gold medallist bounced back from a tough fall midway through the race to win in a thrilling finish.
Unlike past year where the Kenyans took the battle to Farah to the very end, Tanui was left to take on the Somali born British living legend over the closing stages of the race after compatriots Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Bedan Karoki fell off the pace at the 8km mark.
For Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah, more commonly known simply as Mo Farah, the last four years have been a whirlwind.
He will face the formidable trio of Paul Tanui, Bedan Karoki and Geoffrey Kamworor over 10,000m.
Unleashing his killer kick, Farah surged ahead down the home straight, leaving Tanui, who won the Kenyan trials and has twice won world bronze, behind to clock 27:05.64 as Tola followed in 27:06.26. Trott along with Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker knocked nearly two seconds off the world record they set in the morning session to beat the US in the women's team pursuit final. I know what goes in and how hard I had to work for it, in one moment it's gone. "That one moment could be it, I just had to get through it and believe in myself".
Britain's Mo Farah wipes his eye after winning the men's 10,000-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadiumin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. "I wanted to get more. But I think Mo is the best British athlete of all time".
Luvo Manyonga of South Africa took silver to claim his first Olympic medal while Britain's defending champion Greg Rutherford had to settle for bronze. Yet this time, Tanui would not let go.
He has already achieved the world double-double, having retained his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing past year. This race didn't look as easy as the London win, but it was still a gold medal, the third of his career.
"I've never been in a team that feels so seamless".