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Mo Farah makes a double-double

Mo Farah: makes a sensational double-double

Briton Mo Farah  made  a double-double in Olympic track long distance, winning the 5000 metres  to complement his earlier 10,000 metres gold at the Rio Olympics.

He joined the ranks of the all-time distance greats on Saturday by becoming just the second man to retain both titles.

With Usain Bolt finally moving aside after his triple-triple heroics had dominated the first nine days of action, Farah took center stage for his double-double to emulate Finland’s Lasse Viren (1972 and 1976).

Having also done the double twice at the world championships, Farah proved he is up there with the best endurance performers of all time.

He never looked like being beaten on Saturday, winning gold with a consummate display of control and finishing power.

“To do it again is incredible,” said Farah. “I have that drive, it’s just me.

“I can’t quite believe it. I wished for just one medal as a junior. It has been a long journey but if you dream of something, have ambitions and are willing to work hard then you can get your dreams.”

On a sparkling final night of athletics, Matthew Centrowitz won a shock 1,500m gold for the United States, their first in the event since 1908.

The US  also won both 4x400m relays to stretch their winning margin in the track and field medal count.

Caster Semenya cruised to victory in the women’s 800m, Germany’s Thomas Roehler won the javelin and 37-year-old high jumper Ruth Beitia won Spain’s first Olympic gold in women’s athletics.

The Rio athletics program closes with the men’s marathon on Sunday.

*Reuters