Rio 2016: Mighty Mo completes Olympic double-double
PUBLISHED: 04:53 21 August 2016 | UPDATED: 04:53 21 August 2016
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Beagles’ Farah defends 5,000m title after 10,000m success
Newham & Essex Beagles’ Mo Farah became just the second man to win both long distance titles at two separate Olympic Games after adding 5,000m gold to his 10,000m success in Rio last night.
Farah joins Finland’s Lasse Viren in the elite club, after storming to victory in 13:03.30 on the final night of athletics, and becomes the only British track and field athlete to win four gold medals.
The 33-year-old Farah said: “There are no words to really describe it. The crowd were good to me.
“Mentally I had to be on top of my game – the guys were out there to get me – so I just had to be alert. You saw me sat at the back, but it wasn’t an easy last five lap burnout. The guys pushed on and on.
“At the beginning I felt a bit tired but I got going again. I went to the front and I know the guys were thinking about me, so I controlled the race. I wasn’t going to let anyone past me. Then just at the end I used my speed.”
Farah admitted his latest success was down to years of hard work and focus and he hopes to race back in London next year, before turning his attention to more road races.
He added: “You’ve got to do your homework [on your opponents]. That’s what I’ve done over the years. I haven’t won just medals, I’ve come sixth and seventh. To come back year after year to win is pretty amazing.
“I’m not so good at the marathon, to be honest, that was hard for me. It’s a different pain and a different challenge. In 2017 I’d like to be able to go onto the track in London but after that I’ll go onto the road for a couple of marathons.
“I owe it to the people in London to race at home, but I don’t know which event.”
Farah’s Team GB team-mate Andrew Butchart finished in a personal best 13:08.61 and was eventually classified in fifth place, after originally being moved up to fourth following the disqualification of two other athletes.
He said: “I can’t really ask for much more than that in my first major final. The race went off a lot faster than I thought it would, so I had to get on it and roll with it.
“Training has gone really well. I’ve not really had a bad race or session, so I’ll take that as a good year.”
Butchart paid tribute to champion Farah, adding: “They’ve got to try something [to get rid of Mo Farah]. They could have done anything, but it’s not going to happen – he’s in a different league to everyone else.
“Mo is a huge inspiration. I spoke to him before the race – we got on the bus together, sat next to each other and had a little chat. He’s such a relaxed person that you feed off it and it makes you more relaxed.
“I never doubted that he would win. Nobody can beat him. My placing was more important than my personal best. I’ve never had to recover from a race before. This is my first time doing a heat and then a final.
“My legs have been in bits and I had a blister, which is really sore. To recover like I did, I’m so pleased. I guess it’s just good experience for the next championships that I go to.”