London 2012 Olympic athletics: Mo Farah storms to 5,000m gold

Mo Farah becomes a double Olympic champion after clinching victory in the men's 5,000m final at London 2012

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Mo Farah also won Great Britain's first-ever gold medal in the 10,000m last week Photo: UK Athletics

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Mo Farah wrote his name into athletics history and became surely the greatest British track and field athlete of all-time with a storming 5,000m London 2012 Olympic gold on Saturday.

His wife Tania is expecting twins in just a few weeks and now they’ll have a gold medal each, following his 10,000m triumph exactly a week ago.

“The American tried to come past me but I knew had to just hold on,” said Farah. “I wanted a gold medal for each of my two girls on the way.

“They could come any day now! It has all worked out well. Two gold medals. Who would have thought that?”

Seb Coe, also a double gold medallist, said it would be hard to argue with calling Farah the best yet if he won again here – and you won’t find too many dissenting voices as 80,000 roared him to victory around 15 laps – the noise absolutely deafening.

Farah won the 5,000m world title in Daegu last year just a week after taking silver over the longer distance.

And he was desperate to do the double – if a little cautious about his chances – and he produced when it mattered.

The slow early pace suited him and he produced a 52.9 second last lap, sprinting clear of silver medallist Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel, while Kenya’s Thomas Longosiwa completed the podium, with a winning time of 13:41.66 as his trademark kick left his rivals trailing in his wake.

Farah becomes only the seventh man in history to achieve the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the Olympics and joins a list of legends that includes Emil Zatopek, Lasse Viren and Kenenisa Bekele.

But for British athletics fans, the argument about his place in the pantheon of greats is redundant.

© Sportsbeat 2012

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