My Medals Are for My Two Girls; (.And They're Due to Be Born Any Time Now!); Fabulous Farah Books Place in History with Devastating Double and Britain Roars in Delight

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My Medals Are for My Two Girls; (.And They're Due to Be Born Any Time Now!); Fabulous Farah Books Place in History with Devastating Double and Britain Roars in Delight


Byline: Rob Draper at the Olympics

OLYMPICS SPECIAL: ON THE NIGHT MO BECAME LEGEND MO FARAH ran himself into British Olympic history last night with an extraordinary second gold medal, completing the long-distance double by running away from a world-class field to win the 5,000m in 13min 41.66sec.

Roared on by another ecstatic capacity crowd at the Olympic stadium, who have now been treated to an incredible four British gold medals in track and field, Farah looked vulnerable at times in a slow race. But by the time he made his move to the front, with 700m to go, he had seized back control of the race.

Still, after the exceptionally slow early pace, a whole gang of athletes were poised at Farah's shoulder as the runners headed round to the bell. But Farah was able to replicate the heroics of Dame Kelly Holmes, who won the 800m-1500m double in Athens 2004, by holding off first the Kenyan Isiah Koech, who attempted to get past Farah with 400m to go, and also 1500m bronze medallist Abdalaati of Morocco, who was also in contention.

Farah simply held the racing line on the inside lane as athletes queued up hoping to pick him off. Yet, as he had in the 10,000m, he produced a 53 second last lap, heading into the home straight ahead, with the Olympic Stadium now reaching the peak of its by now familiar thunderous support.

In the last 100m, Thomas Longosiwa looked as though he might rein Farah in, but as the Hounslow athlete's long legs stretched away again, the Kenyan's challenge faded, eventually finishing third in 13.42.36sec. But then came Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia, the world No 1 this season, the 22-year-old loping down the home straight, making up ground at an alarming rate and seemingly with Farah in his sights.

But as Farah maintained his form and stride length, Gebremeskel faded at the last and, a few metres from the end, Farah threw his hands to his face as if in disbelief as the finish line and a place in history in beckoned.

Arms outstretched, he crossed the line and sunk to his knees on the track in his now familiar celebration pose before enjoying a more frivolous moment, performing his 'Mobot' celebration to a delighted crowd.

He becomes only the seventh man in history to complete the 5,000m-10,000m double, equalling the feats of the great names of distance running history, Hannes Kolehmainen, Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Lasse Viren, Miruts Yifter and Keninisa Bekele, all legends of the sport. …

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