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Rio 2016: Double double for Mo Farah

AFP
Published : Aug 21, 2016, 11:17 pm IST
Updated : Aug 21, 2016, 11:17 pm IST

Britain’s Mo Farah completed a historic Olympic distance double double with victory in the 5,000m Saturday as American runner Matt Centrowitz scored an upset win to claim the 1,500m gold.

Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold medal, men's 5000-meter medals ceremony. (Photo: AP)
 Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold medal, men's 5000-meter medals ceremony. (Photo: AP)

Britain’s Mo Farah completed a historic Olympic distance double double with victory in the 5,000m Saturday as American runner Matt Centrowitz scored an upset win to claim the 1,500m gold.

Farah became the first man since Finnish great Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles after storming to victory, a week after defending his 10,000m crown at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.

The 33-year-old Somali-born Londoner again produced a superb tactical race on Saturday to outfox his rivals and take gold in 13min 3.30sec.

“Oh my God I can’t believe it!” said Farah. “My legs were tired after the 10,000m and people had to bring me food in my room.

“This is the most satisfying win of the four, it is incredible.”

Centrowitz produced the biggest upset on the final night of track competition, beating defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria into second place to win gold in 3min 50.00sec.

Centrowitz became the first American man in more than a century to win the event, which has been shared exclusively between African runners since 1996.

The last American to win the Olympics 1,500m was Mel Sheppard in the 1908 London Games.

New Zealand’s Nicholas Willis took the bronze medal in 3:50.24.

Golden finish for Felix US track golden girl Allyson Felix led home her team in the women’s 4x400m, crossing the line in 3min 19.06sec to claim a record sixth gold medal.

The United States extended a stunning winning streak. They have not lost the event since 1992.

Felix, who 24 hours earlier helped the USA win 4x100m relay gold, has now won more track gold medals than any other woman athlete in history.

South Africa’s Caster Semenya completed a convincing victory in the 800m to win her first Olympic gold in 1:55.28.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi took silver in 1:56.49 with Kenya’s Margaret Wambui claiming bronze in 1:56.89.

The other big winner Saturday was Spain’s veteran high jumper Ruth Beitia, who scored the biggest win of her 20-year career with a gold. The 37-year-old became the oldest woman to win an Olympic jumping event after clearing 1.97m. Beitia won on countback from Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria and Blanka Vlasic of Croatia.

Kipchoge wins marathon gold On Sunday, red-hot favourite Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway gold medal in a wet men’s marathon. The Kenyan romped home to win in a time of two hours, eight minutes, 44 seconds, more than a minute quicker than Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa, who took silver. American Galen Rupp took bronze a further 11 seconds back.

Location: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro