Search

London 2012: Mighty Mo Farah completes Olympic gold double with 5,000m glory

20:27 11 August 2012

Mo Farah stormed to 5,000m victory tonight to secure a famous double gold for the Newham & Essex Beagle athlete. Pic: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Mo Farah stormed to 5,000m victory tonight to secure a famous double gold for the Newham & Essex Beagle athlete. Pic: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newham & Essex Beagles Mo Farah creates his own bit of history with 5,000m win completing long distance double.

Newham & Essex Beagles Mo Farah completed a memorable long distance double as he was crowned 5,000m Olympic Champion tonight.

The 29-year-old started the race at the back of the field, with a lack of pace in the field before gradually working his way through the pack.

In the early stages he swept round the outside, much to the joy of the 80,000 in the crowd at the Olympic Stadium.

With 1,000m to go the 10,000m champion held a strong second position to go on the shoulder of Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel.

The slow pace turned the race into a sprint as it reached its climax, and Farah pounced with 700m to go to take the lead alongside Galen Rupp, the 10,000m silver medallist.

As the bell sounded there was still a large number of athletes who were in contention for the medals but Farah kicked on.

Despite the challenge of Gebremeskel as they ran down the home straight, the Beagle moved up another gear and crossed the line in a time of 13 minutes 41.66 seconds to put him in the history books as one of the few to complete the 5 and 10,000m double.

Meanwhile, Newham & Essex Beagle Mumin Gala, representing Djibouti, finished the final in 13th in a time of 13.50.26.

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 12:01
Arsenal Invincibles banner in the Emirates Stadium

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Layth Yousif looks back at the end of the Invincibles and Arsenal’s new artistic movement.

Yesterday, 11:50
Islington BC pair Scott Smart (left) and Sherif Musah

Islington BC duo Sherif Musah and Scott Smart are just one step away from becoming national champions after their impressive victories last weekend.

Yesterday, 08:30
The jubilant Highgate Harriers squad

Highgate Harriers swept the board with a devastating display at the North of Thames cross-country championships in Kingsbury on Saturday.

Wed, 15:54
Foxham Park FC

Player-manager Joe Gaminara scored twice as Foxham Park stormed into the next round of the Islington Gazette Cup with a 6-1 victory over MQ United.

Most read sport

Looking for a holiday? We know a company that are keen to flog you a trip to the land of Kim Jong-un.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

As a state of emergency is declared in Burkina Faso, what does the future hold for its president and people?

It might not be moving very fast but it’s still causing problems.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition