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21 Aug 2016

Michezo : Mo Farah completes 'double-double' by winning 5000m for Great Britain at Olympic Stadium


Briton pulled away from USA's Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo to win race and add to 10,000m gold medal
Mo Farah completes 'double-double' by winning 5000m for Great Britain at Olympic Stadium
Mo Farah reacts after another stunning 5000m victory, his second consecutive Olympic gold in the event (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Mo Farah has won his fourth Olympic gold medal and becomes only the second man in history to retain both the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.
The 33-year-old Londoner won the 5000m final at Rio 2016 on Saturday (20 August) night, adding to the 10,000m he won a week ago, to cement his place as Britain's most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.
"It's every athlete's dream but I can't believe it," Farah said afterwards. "Being away from my family for so long, I knew I had to do something for them. I just want to go home now and see my beautiful kids and hang my medals around their necks."
Farah jumps for joy after his historic win in Rio (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Farah accelerated in the final bend and fended off a late challenge from the USA's Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo to win in 13 minutes and 3.30 seconds. It was Team GB's 65th medal in Rio, matching the nation's record haul at London 2012, and their 27th gold.
Kipkemoi Chelimo was subsequently disqualified, which moved Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet in to the silver medal position and handing US runner Bernard Lagat a surprise bronze. 
The last man to win both distance races in consecutive Olympics was Finnish great Lasse Viren at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games.
Source : rio2016.com

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