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AT THE DOUBLE DOUBLE

MO FARAH WINS THE OLYMPIC 5000M AND 10,000M AGAIN AS FELLOW BRIT ANDREW BUTCHART ALSO EXCELS

5000M

SUCH IS Mo Farah’s ability to see off a world-class field at 5000m or 10,000m on the track, there is a danger we are taking it for granted. No longer do we expect to see him lose. The 33-year-old turns up, ghosts to the front in the final mile and is impossible to dislodge.

It sounds easy, but it is far from straightforward. Farah’s victories are earned in the countless miles logged at high altitude and the gruelling track sessions set out for him by Alberto Salazar. Then, in the race itself, he has to keep her nerve and use his tactical acumen to outpace and outwit his rivals.

Two for one: Mo Farah shows off his Rio spoils

In the case of the 5000m final on Saturday night, this did not include any Kenyans for the first time since the boycotted Games of 1980. Farah did, however, face Kenyan-born Americans Paul Chelimo and Bernard Lagat, plus Ethiopians such as Hagos Gebrhiwet and Muktar Edris as he made a bid to emulate Lasse Virén’s feat of winning the 5000m and 10,000m double at two consecutive Olympic Games.

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RIO 2016 COVERAGE 6 Introduction and medal table MEN 8 200m 10 1500m 12 5000m 14 3000m s’chase 16 110m hurdles 17 400m hurdles 18 High jump 19 Triple jump 20 Shot put 21 Hammer 22 Javelin 24 Decathlon 26 50km walk 28 Marathon 30 4x100m 31 4x400m WOMEN 34 200m 36 800m 38 1500m 40 5000m 42 100m hurdles 44 400m hurdles 45 High jump 46 Long jump 48 Pole vault 49 Discus 50 Javelin 51 20km walk 52 4x100m 53 4x400m NEWS 56 Chris Thompson’s tribute to Mo Farah 57 Coach tips Andy Butchart for podium 58 Danny Talbot pleased with 2016 60 Jess Judd switches coaches PERFORMANCE 62 Sports science news 64 Athlete Insight – Jake Wightman 66 ‘Overspeed’ training for sprints RESULTS & FIXTURES 68 Results round-up, including Manchester International and BMC Stretford Grand Prix 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 82 DIP FINISH

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