Britain's Farah retains 10,000m title with sprint finish

Britain's Mo Farah stormed to the gold medal in the Olympic 10,000 metres final on Saturday, recovering from an early fall to retain his title with a blistering final lap.


Mo Farah completed his run in 27 minutes 5.17 seconds.   -  Getty Images

Mo Farah recovered from a dramatic mid-race fall to clinch gold in the men's 10,000 metres and cement his legacy as one of the distance-running greats at the Rio Olympics on Saturday.

The Briton clipped the heels of training partner Galen Rupp - silver medallist at London 2012 - and tumbled to the ground, but quickly returned to his feet to rejoin the leading pack.

Paul Tanui made a bold move on the final lap, but Farah displayed his trademark strong finish to beat the Kenyan with a time of 27 minutes and 5.17 seconds, while Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia completed the podium.

Farah won his first 10,000m Olympic gold as part of 'Super Saturday' at his home London Olympics four years ago before going on to clinch a double with victory in the 5000m. He is unbeaten in major races since Ibrahim Jeilan pipped him in the longer distance at the 2011 World Championship.

But his latest victory was far from straightforward. An accidental collision with training partner Rupp may not have disrupted his rhythm to a great extent, but Tanui and Kenyan compatriot Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor - predicted by many to be Farah's main rival - attempted to set a quick pace to negate their rival's strong finish.

However, Kamworor paid the price as he tailed off in the closing stages and eventually it was left to Tanui and Farah to battle it out.

Tanui tried to stretch the race on the final lap, but Farah still had plenty in reserve to storm to the line and he can now become the first man since Lasse Viren in 1972 and 1976 to complete a "double-double" when he defends the 5,000m title later this week.

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