The Great Britain star, who already had one gold
medal under his belt from earlier in the Games,
added a second to go with his London 2012 brace
Mo Farah is a double Olympic champion for a
Farah, who already had one gold medal under his
belt from his 10,000m victory earlier in the Games,
added a second tonight to complete the long
distance double for a second time following double
success in London four years ago.
In doing so Farah becomes only the second-ever
man to do it emulating the legendary Lasse Viren,
the famous “flying Finn”, who did the very same 40
years ago in Montreal.
Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet followed him home to
take silver with Bernard Lagat of the United States
grabbing bronze in
Teammate Andrew Butchart finished a brilliant
fourth after a pair of disqualifications ahead of him.
A week after picking himself off the track following
a trip to claim 10,000m gold, Farah avoided any
such drama and pulled clear down the home
straight to cross the line in 13 minutes 3.30
He produced a storming final lap of 52.83secs to
hold off the challenge of American Lagat, who
clocked a personal best 13:03.90, and third-placed
Farah’s gold is Team GB’s 65th medal overall in
Rio equalling the record set in London four years
London 2012 – with 29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze
and 65 medals in all – was Britain’s most
successful Games since 1908, which also took
place in London.