Mo Farah races to double gold glory
In a little under fourteen minutes Mo Farah established himself as the greatest British distance runner of all time, by winning his second gold medal of the London Olympics. He won the 5,000 metres to add to the 10,000 metres he had won seven days earlier.
Farah ran a tactically astute race, positioning himself towards the front in time for a last lap surge. As three rivals followed closely, ready to challenge, Farah’s speed and strength held them at bay all the way to the line.
Farah dedicated his gold medals to the twins his wife is expecting to deliver within days. He attributed his success to the hard work he has put in under coach Alberto Salazar in Oregon.
"It's all hard work and grafting." Farah said after the race. "It's been a long journey grafting and grafting, but anything is possible." The work was rewarded with Farah’s infectious enjoyment in his win. After his podium ceremony he clowned around with Usain Bolt, the two performing each other’s celebration poses, to the delight of the crowd that had cheered him through every bend of his race.
Games organiser Sebastian Coe said that the win would mean that Farah would "go down indelibly in British track and field as probably the greatest athlete we have produced".
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Mo Farah is an Olympic legend and a true British hero. We can all be proud of his extraordinary achievement."
Another British long-distance legend, Paula Radcliffe, was also quick to acclaim an athlete who had seized the Olympic glory she had craved. She tweeted: "Greatness is doing it two Saturdays in a row at the Olympic Stadium."