Olympics 2012: Mo Farah wins 5,000 meters for long-distance double
LONDON — Mo Farah didn’t want to leave anybody in doubt.
Roared on again by a boisterous, capacity crowd at the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, Farah surged ahead late and held on Saturday to complete a long-distance double by winning the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 41.66 seconds.
He still had the energy to do a few playful sit-ups on the track before he grabbed a British flag for the real celebrations.
“It’s unbelievable,” the 29-year-old Farah said. “Two gold medals, who would have thought that?”
He didn’t need the sit-ups to prove himself. He didn’t let the pressure of the home country’s great expectations hamper him in the 10,000, and he didn’t let the tactical plans of the Ethiopian runners hinder him in the 5,000, either.
Farah took the lead with 700 meters to go, staved off all challenges and, riding constant screams of encouragement, swept away on the home straight. He crossed the finish line with his arms up in triumph, then slapped his bald head and dropped to his knees.
After his little demonstration of situps, Farah grabbed a Union Jack and took off for a victory lap.
“These two medals are for my two girls who aren’t born yet,” he said. “My twins are coming. They could arrive any day and the doctors told us they could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It’s amazing!”
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me, all my coaches from the past, all the people who have been part of my life, particularly my wife,” he said. “Her carrying twins, it hasn’t been easy. It’s been a long journey of grafting and grafting.”
He was the seventh man to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 titles at a single Olympics, the first from Britain. He was also the first man to win the Olympic 5,000 title as the reigning world champion.