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, 07:22
Casey Stoney of Arsenal Ladies (right) tries to put Chelsea's Fran Kirby under pressure

Defender Casey Stoney has demanded that the Gunners show more hunger for battle as they attempt to recover from their limp defeat to Chelsea.

Wed, 17:21
London Blitz

London Blitz maintained their excellent play-off record in Scotland as they beat East Kilbride Pirates 19-7 to advance to their 10th consecutive BritBowl final.

Wed, 17:19
International training camp at Fighting Fit fencing club, Mount Carmel School. Pic: Dieter Perry

Archway club Fighting Fit launched their new season this week with an international training camp that attracted some of the world’s best young fencers.

Wed, 17:00
Highgate Harriers' Nina Anderson. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers sprinter Nina Anderson may have finished top of the UK ratings in both of her events this year, but the 43-year-old has been disappointed with her progress in 2015.

Most read sport

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder