Athletics: Farah roars to another 10,000m title

Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:22pm EDT
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By Drazen Jorgic

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Mo Farah shrugged off an early fall to cement his place in the pantheon of distance greats by retaining his Olympic 10,000 meters title with a blistering final lap on Saturday.

Farah ran a superb tactical race before obliterating the opposition in the final stretch to became the first British runner to win three Olympic titles. He is now the favorite to add a fourth in the 5,000m next week.

Should the 33-year-old manage it he would emulate Finnish great Lasse Viren, currently the only man to complete the distance "double double", by retaining the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m titles.

He has already achieved the feat in the world championships, with three in a row in the 5,000m and two over 10,000m.

"This medal means so much to me," said Farah, who dedicated the victory to his oldest daughter Rhianna.

"It's nice to be able to be recognized as one of the best guys in the world."

The second half of the race was a masterclass in distance running by Farah, who was accidentally tripped with 16 laps to go by American training partner Galen Rupp but picked himself up and surged through the field to claim victory in 27 minutes 5.17 seconds.

"I got emotional because you put so much work in and in one moment it's gone," said Farah, who added his daughter was also in his thoughts after falling.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 10,000m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain wins the men's 10,000m final. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson