Farah defends men’s 10,000m gold


Rio De Janeiro—After Mo Farah picked himself up off the track, as he mounted his comeback Saturday in the Olympic 10,000-meter final, there was one thing on his mind.
“I promised my daughter, Rhianna, I was going to get her a medal,” Farah said. “In my mind, I was, ‘Can’t let her down. Can’t let her down.’”
Twin daughters Aisha and Amani have his 2012 gold medals from the London 5,000 and 10,000. And, well, there is a finite supply of Olympic gold.
On Saturday night, there was one more gold medal for the Farah household. The British star who trains as part of the Nike Oregon Project made his move coming off the final turn and won going away.
Farah finished in 27 minutes, 5.17 seconds as the crowd in Olympic Stadium roared.
Kenyan Paul Tanui, a medalist at the last two World Outdoor Championships, made a game bid for an upset before settling for second in 27:05.64. Ethiopian Tamirat Tola crossed in 27:06.26 for bronze.
Galen Rupp, Farah’s teammate on the Oregon Project, was in contention late but faded to fifth.
Farah flashed his signature “Mobot” sign as he crossed the finish line, his eyes filled with tears.
“The twins had one medal each and Rhianna was missing one,” Farah said. “I couldn’t let her down. That’s why I was emotional at the end. I almost wept.”
It was an Olympic moment. Another came 10 laps into the race when Farah and Rupp tangled, and Farah fell to the track.
Rupp immediately turned to Farah and visibly was talking to him.
“Galen is a good sportsman, and things happen sometimes,” Farah said. “I have such a long stride. I don’t blame him. He helped me up and said, ‘C’mon.’”
Rupp said he felt at least partially responsible when Farah fell.—AFP

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