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Mo Farah rises to the occasion again

TOP MAN: Mo Farah

LONG DISTANCE King Mo Farah put in a stunning performance to become the first British athlete to win three Olympic gold medals on the track as he defended the 10,000m title he won at London 2012.

The 33-year-old came into the race as the overwhelming favourite and looked supremely confident having not been beaten at a major competition in the distance since at the Daegu World Championships 2011.

Despite a stumble early on in the race, Farah recovered to pass Paul Tanui of Kenya in the home stretch to win in 27:05.17.

Tanui hung on for silver in a time of 27:05.64 while Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola won bronze with 27:06.26.

Farah will now look to defending his Olympic 5000m title for the ’double-double’ when qualifying in the event gets underway on Wednesday.

Should he achieve the feat, he would become only the second man after Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles.

Mo Farah said: “It is never an easy thing when you know you have got a target on your back.

“When I fell down, for a moment I thought my race was over, my dream was over but then I managed to dig deep.

“I promised my daughter Rhianna I was going to get her a medal and I was thinking ‘I can’t let her down’. That is all I was thinking about – her. That is why I was quite emotional at the end because it almost went.

“As each lap went down, I was getting more and more confident. With the bell, I was thinking ‘Just don’t waste too much energy’.

“I didn’t know what some of the others could do so I just wanted to make sure I had something at the end.

“I think I am more of a guy that wins medals rather than run fast times.

“For me, one of the things that keeps me going is winning medals for my country and making my nation proud.”

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