Mo Farah wins ‘dou­ble dou­ble’

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GREAT BRI­TAIN’s Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold as he be­came only the se­cond man to re­tain the 5,000m and 10,000m ti­tles.

The 33-year-old tri­umphed in the 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 sixth.

“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 Bri­tain’s 27th gold in Rio and their 65th medal, match­ing the haul at the 2012 Games in London.

They sur­passed that 2012 tally when the women’s 4x400m re­lay team won bronze in the penul­ti­mate track event of the 2016 Games.

Farah ce­mented his place as one of Bri­tain’s great­est ath­letes with his dou­ble suc­cess four years ago, but re­peat­ing the feat makes him the world’s most suc­cess­ful dis­tance run­ner in terms of ma­jor medals.

“My legs were a bit tired af­ter the 10k, I don’t now how I re­cov­ered,” he told BBC Sport. “I wished for just one medal as a ju­nior.

“It has been a long jour­ney but if you dream of some­thing, have am­bi­tions and are will­ing to work hard then you can get your dreams.”

So­ma­lia-born Lon­doner Farah is now a nine-time global cham­pion, mov­ing him above Ethiopian great Ke­nenisa Bekele.

He matched the feat of Fin­land’s Lasse Viren, who com­pleted the long-dis­tance dou­ble at the Munich 1972 and Mon­treal 1976 Olympics.

Farah had al­ready achieved the World Championships ‘dou­ble dou­ble’, suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing his 10,000m and 5,000m ti­tles in Bei­jing last year. — BBC Sport

Mo­hamed Farah

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