Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Denying Farah's Double Double

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Denying Farah's Double Double

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A FIRED-UP Mo Farah was determined that no one would deny him a fourth Olympic gold medal as he completed the long-distance double at a second straight Games by storming to 5,000 metres glory in Rio.

A week after picking himself off the track following a trip to claim 10,000m gold, Farah avoided any such drama and burst clear down the home straight to cross the line in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds.

He produced a scorching final lap of 52.83secs to hold off the challenge of American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who came home in 13:03.90 and was finally awarded silver after a raft of disqualifications and reinstatements. Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia got bronze.

Victory saw 33-year-old Farah become only the second man after 'Flying Finn' Lasse Viren to win both long-distance track titles at two Olympics.

His four Olympic titles took him past the three won by Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele and is twice as many as any other British track and field athlete has won. …

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