RIO DE JANEIRO – Briton Mo Farah joined the ranks of the all-time distance greats on Saturday by becoming just the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles after adding a brilliant 5 000m gold to his 10 000 at the Rio Games.
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.
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.
With Usain Bolt finally moving aside after his triple-triple heroics had dominated the first nine days of action, Farah took centre stage for his double-double to emulate Finland’s Lasse Viren (1972 and 1976). (Reuters/CMC)
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