— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 14, 2016
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.
— Fernando Murciego (@fermurciego) August 14, 2016
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.
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.
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.
|2||2698||Paul Kipngetich TANUI||KEN||27:05.64||SB|
|6||3015||Joshua Kiprui CHEPTEGEI||UGA||27:10.06||PB|
|7||2691||Bedan Karoki MUCHIRI||KEN||27:22.93|
|10||2166||Abraham Naibei CHEROBEN||BRN||27:31.86||PB|
|11||2677||Geoffrey Kipsang KAMWOROR||KEN||27:31.94|
|13||2997||Polat Kemboi ARIKAN||TUR||27:35.50||PB|
|14||3082||Leonard Essau KORIR||USA||27:35.65||SB|
|22||3021||Moses Martin KURONG||UGA||28:03.38|
|26||2169||El Hassan ELABBASSI||BRN||28:20.17|
|28||2051||Ben ST LAWRENCE||AUS||28:46.32|