Farah does the double, U.S. clean up

Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:20am EDT
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By Mitch Phillips

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Briton Mo Farah joined the ranks of the all-time distance greats on Saturday by becoming just the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles after adding a brilliant 5,000m gold to his 10,000 at the Rio Games.

On a sparkling final night of athletics, Matthew Centrowitz won a shock 1,500m gold for the United States, their first in the event since 1908.

The nation also won both 4x400m relays to stretch their winning margin in the track and field medal count.

Caster Semenya cruised to victory in the women's 800m, Germany's Thomas Roehler won the javelin and 37-year-old high jumper Ruth Beitia won Spain's first Olympic gold in women's athletics.

The Rio athletics program closes with the men's marathon on Sunday.

With Usain Bolt finally moving aside after his triple-triple heroics had dominated the first nine days of action, Farah took center stage for his double-double to emulate Finland's Lasse Viren (1972 and 1976).

Having also done the double twice at the world championships, Farah proved he is up there with the best endurance performers of all time.

He never looked like being beaten on Saturday, winning gold with a consummate display of control and finishing power.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 5000m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the gold. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson