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After scary fall, unbeatable Mo Farah wins 10,000m gold in Rio

The reigning Olympic champion faced some tough competition and a bad tumble mid-race, but out-sprinted Kenya's Paul Tanui for a thrilling victory.

Mo Farah will run the NYC Half in March.

Britain’s Mo Farah is golden again in Rio.

The reigning 5,000m and 10,000m gold medallist bounced back from a tough fall midway through the race to win in a thrilling finish. Kenya’s Paul Tanui made a spirited effort to outkick Farah in the last 400m but couldn’t hold on, settling for silver. Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola, who worked with his fellow East Africans to try to finally thwart Farah’s Olympic dominance, placed third.

The race opened at a leisurely pace, with a large group flowing effortlessly around the Olympic track in Rio. It was mild but humid, which seemed to effect certain runners, including Canada’s Mo Ahmed, later in the race. Initially, Farah sat at the very back, surveying the rest of the 34-man field. Eventually, he moved up to fifth, just behind a group of East Africans, including contender Geoffrey Kamworor.

Mo Farah takes a nasty fall in the 10,000m final in Rio
Mo Farah takes a nasty fall in the 10,000m final in Rio

Farah and American training partner Galen Rupp made incidental contact, causing Farah to go down hard. The rest of the field had to dodge him, as he shot up quickly and rejoined the back of the pack. Farah was able to shake off the nasty fall and moved up towards the front.

Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash made a couple of daring efforts to push the pace from the front as the group East Africans were running out of track to attack Farah, who has easily the best finish in distance running.

In the end, it Tanui sensed that the race was falling into Farah’s hands yet again, and pushed very hard into the penultimate turn. But Farah matched him and ultimately overtook him on the final turn, closing out yet another gold medal victory on the world’s biggest stage. His 27:05 winning time was just four seconds off the Olympic record.

Mo Ahmed finishes a disappointing 10,000m in Rio.
Mo Ahmed finishes a disappointing 10,000m in Rio.

Canada’s Mo Ahmed, who will also race in the 5,000m and is the national record holder in that event, seemed to come undone as the pace quickened. He faded back badly, and seemed to give up, struggling physically. He jogged in the remainder of the race, crossing the line as the last finisher in 29:32, for 32nd.

Official Results

1 2452 Mohamed FARAH GBRGBR 27:05.17
2 2698 Paul Kipngetich TANUI KENKEN 27:05.64 SB
3 2400 Tamirat TOLA ETHETH 27:06.26
4 2392 Yigrem DEMELASH ETHETH 27:06.27
5 3097 Galen RUPP USAUSA 27:08.92 SB
6 3015 Joshua Kiprui CHEPTEGEI UGAUGA 27:10.06 PB
7 2691 Bedan Karoki MUCHIRI KENKEN 27:22.93
8 2344 Zersenay TADESE ERIERI 27:23.86
9 2337 Nguse AMLOSOM ERIERI 27:30.79 SB
10 2166 Abraham Naibei CHEROBEN BRNBRN 27:31.86 PB
11 2677 Geoffrey Kipsang KAMWOROR KENKEN 27:31.94
12 2812 Zane ROBERTSON NZLNZL 27:33.67 NR
13 2997 Polat Kemboi ARIKAN TURTUR 27:35.50 PB
14 3082 Leonard Essau KORIR USAUSA 27:35.65 SB
15 2397 Abadi HADIS ETHETH 27:36.34
16 2045 David MCNEILL AUSAUS 27:51.71
17 2654 Suguru OSAKO JPNJPN 27:51.94
18 2904 Stephen MOKOKA RSARSA 27:54.57
19 3081 Shadrack KIPCHIRCHIR USAUSA 27:58.32 SB
20 2086 Bashir ABDI BELBEL 28:01.49
21 2822 Luis OSTOS PERPER 28:02.03
22 3021 Moses Martin KURONG UGAUGA 28:03.38
23 3024 Timothy TOROITICH UGAUGA 28:04.84 SB
24 2341 Goitom KIFLE ERIERI 28:15.99
25 2477 Andrew VERNON GBRGBR 28:19.36 SB
26 2169 El Hassan ELABBASSI BRNBRN 28:20.17
27 2083 Olivier IRABARUTA BDIBDI 28:32.75
28 2051 Ben ST LAWRENCE AUSAUS 28:46.32
29 2659 Yuta SHITARA JPNJPN 28:55.23
30 2649 Kota MURAYAMA JPNJPN 29:02.51
31 2465 Ross MILLINGTON GBRGBR 29:14.95
32 2188 Mohammed AHMED CANCAN 29:32.84