Great Britain’s Mo Farah, Kenya’s Paul Tanui and Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola win gold, silver and bronze medals on 10,000m race of Rio 2016 Olympics
Mo Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals as he retained his 10,000m title with a thrilling victory in Rio.
The 33-year-old overcame a mid-race fall to power through to the front of the field in the final 100m and win in 27 minutes five seconds.
Kenya’s Paul Tanui took silver, with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola in third.
Farah returns to the track on Wednesday as he begins the defense of the 5,000m title he also won at London 2012.
“I’ve won an Olympic gold for three of my children,” he said. “Now I’d like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy.”
Should he win that race, he will become the first man since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles.
He has already achieved the world double-double, having retained his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing last year.
Farah looked comfortable at the back of the field in Rio, choosing his moment to pick his way through the pack.
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