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14th Aug 2016

Watch Mo Farah overcome mid-race fall in 10,000m to win third Olympic gold medal

He's done it again

Rob Burnett

Mo Farah has become the first British track and field athlete in history to win three Olympic gold medals – but he had to do it the hard way in Rio last night.

The hero of the London 2012 games actually fell over during the 10,000 metres race when he was accidentally clipped by his own training partner Galen Rupp.

But he battled back to be right on the shoulder of Kenya’s Paul Tanui going into the last lap.

That’s when he turned on the taps and powered past his helpless rival.

Tanui took silver, with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola in third.

“I wasn’t going to let it go,” he said. “I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought ‘get through, get through’. I believed in myself.”

“I’ve won an Olympic gold for three of my children,” he added. “Now I’d like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy.”

Farah is back in action for that race on Wednesday.

Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Steve Cram, who now works as a commentator for the BBC said: “The manner of his victory was a familiar one, but this takes him into a place where no other British athlete has been.

“It was simply wonderful distance running from Mo Farah. He tripped up, fell, and still won and did it the only way Mo Farah could do.”

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