How Farah’s rivals tried every trick but could not stop him winning gold
Mo Farah’s rivals were desperate to stop him winning gold and teamed up against him during the 5,000m final – but this is how the Briton stood strong to claim the double double.
The Ethiopian trio of Muktar Edris, Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet go fast early to try and break Farah. The opening kilometre is extremely quick but Farah stays with them.
The plan to tire Farah out continues through the second kilometre as the Ethiopians maintain their blistering pace. The field is stretched but Farah is fifth at 2,000m.
The pace is still high but, as they cross the 3,000m mark, Farah accelerates to take second place. The message to his rivals is clear – the attempt to tire him out has not worked.
Farah and fellow Brit Andrew Butchart slow the pace to two minutes 42 seconds for the fourth kilometre – well below the earlier splits – as the pack takes breath before the final stages.
Gebrhiwet resorts to trying to shove past Farah at the bell but the Briton fights him off. Paul Chelimo is the last to make a move but Farah has enough in the tank to storm to victory.
Last lap 52.8
Farah’s last lap bears comparison to any other Olympic champion. Rudisha in 800m – 51.67s Centrowitz in 1500m – 50.6s Farah in 5,000m – 52.8s Farah in 10,000m – 55.3s