How Farah’s ri­vals tried ev­ery trick but could not stop him win­ning gold

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The tac­tics

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.

1km 2:37.40

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.

2km 5:15.96

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.

3km 7:57.15

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.

4km 10:39.40

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.

5km 13:03.30

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

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