Mo Farah falls before rising to win Olympic 10,000m gold

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While the rest of Great Britain slept, Mo Farah was rewriting its history books on the other side of the world. Now a bonafide legend of running, Farah claimed his first gold medal of the Rio Games in the 10,000-meter final, becoming the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic titles. 

That puts him ahead of the likes of Sebastien Coe, Steve, Ovett, Kelly Holmes and Steve Cram, all of whom are considered some of the best athletes to have come from these shores.

His victory over the dominant forces of Ethiopia and Kenya was made all the more impressive by the fact he fell over on the 11-minute mark after his former training partner Galen Rupp caught the back of his heels.

The fall came at a bad time. He was making his way from the back to the front of the field but he quickly found his feet and seemed unshaken by the incident. You can watch it in the video embedded below.

As previously mentioned, Farah seemed unaffected by the fall and quickly found himself back at the front of the pack with several laps to go. Paul Tanui of Kenya then took the lead with 300-meters to go before Farah's trademark kick saw him home down the straight.

Honest interview

Farah talked about the fall with the BBC afterwards and revealed his immediate thoughts were about the amount of time and effort he had put into the race. Farah described feeling 'emotional' after realising all of his hard work could be ruined in one moment.

Watch his interview below:

Above-standard Sunday

Following the heroics of Super Saturday at the London Games, Farah did everything he could to repeat it in Rio. However, Gregg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who also won golds that night, could not do the same with the former finishing with a bronze medal in the long jump and the latter earning silver in the women's heptathlon.

However, together the three of them have consolidated Team GB's position in the medal table. Sitting in third, Great Britain (10 gold medals) are now two golds ahead of fourth-placed Germany (8) and are just three behind China (13). Team GB have 30 medals overall.

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