Olympic Champion and Great Britain’s Mo Farah joined the ranks of men who have defended their 10,000m title, running 27:05.17 to win the race and become the first British track and field athlete to win three gold medals.
Farah recovered from an early fall to secure another stunning Olympic triumph in the 10,000m – and become the first British track and field athlete to win three gold medals.
Farah was tripped during a congested opening, but quickly regained his feet and set about winning another global title with a typically explosive final lap.
The 33-year-old made his decisive burst as the leaders swung into the final 100m before holding off Kenya’s fast-finishing Paul Kipngetich Tanui to win in 27:05.18. Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola took bronze.
“When I went down it didn’t take a lot out of me and I got up quickly, I thought about how much I’d worked and I wasn’t going to let it affect me. It’s hard mentally when you go down,” an emotional Farah told reporters.
Farah, who goes in the 5000m next week, is hoping to become the first man since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to defend two distance titles at the Olympics.
Much of the pre-race talk centred on Kenya and Ethiopia’s tactics and whether the two fabled long-distance nations would attack from the start.
Tanui then took the lead and, as Kamworor tailed him, their teammate Bedan Karoki also came up to the front and the pace began to ratchet down again as the Kenyan trio controlled the tempo.
Tanui tried once to retake the lead and was met with an abrupt surge from Farah, forcing Tanui to stay outside him and he finished second to take the silver in 27:05.64 while Tola held on for bronze in 27:06.26. London silver medallist Rupp had to settle for fifth this time in 27:27:08.92.
“I got emotional because you put so much work in and in one moment it’s gone,” Farah added of his fall. “That one moment could be it, I just had to get through it and believe in myself.”
Farah’s unbeaten run at major championships stretches back to 2011 – and could continue for some time yet.