Great Britain’s Mo Farah, USA’s Paul Chelimo and Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the men’s 5,000m track of Rio 2016 Olympics.
By Andrew Keh (The New York Times) |
Rio de Janeiro—There were no missteps this time — no falls, no stumbles, no alarming moments of insecurity.
Mo Farah of Britain, who had tripped on the Olympic track twice in the past week, won the 5,000 meters on Saturday night with a sure-footed show of confidence, cunning and blistering late speed.
It was a vintage, imperial performance by Farah, 33. Starting the race at the rear of the group, he picked off his competitors, one by one, over the course of 12½ laps and surged across the finish line, well clear of the pack, in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds.
The win put him in impressive company: He became the first man in 40 years to win gold medals in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in two separate Olympic Games.
“It means so much to me, and I can’t believe I did it,” Farah said. “Mentally I had to be on top of my game. The guys were out there to get me. I just had to be alert.”
Paul Chelimo of the United States won the silver — after some confusion. After finishing behind Farah in 13:03:90 with a thrilling late push, Chelimo was informed during a postrace interview on NBC that he had been disqualified for a lane infringement and that Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia would move up to take the silver and Bernard Lagat of the United States would win the bronze.
However, Chelimo was later reinstated, with officials saying he had not broken any rules. Hagos Gebrhiwet, who finished in 13:04:35, was awarded the bronze. Mohammed Ahmed of Canada was also reinstated, to finish fourth, and Lagat was bumped from third to fifth place.
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