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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Men's 10000 m


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Format: Final only
Date Started: August 13, 2016  
Date Finished: August 13, 2016  
 (Competitors: 34; Countries: 16)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
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Britain'€™s [Mo Farah] had won the 5-10 double at the London Olympics, in front of adoring home crowds, and he hoped to repeat in Rio. He had also won the double at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships and in 2011, won the 5,000 metres at World, with a 10K silver. He came to Rio a heavy favorite in both races, and had not been beaten at a major international in five years.

The race was run as a final only, with no heats, as has become standard for the 10K. The early lead was taken by Kenyan [Paul Tanui]. At 4,000 metres Farah was running alongside American training partner [Galen Rupp] when Rupp clipped Farah'€™s foot and the Brit fell to the track. Farah was up quickly and Rupp slowed to pace him back to the lead pack, reminiscent of a cycling peleton move, and the 1972 Olympic final, when [Lasse Virén] had fallen mid-race on his way to the gold medal, and a world record.

With one kilometer left, there was a lead pack of six runners, including Farah, Tanui, and Rupp, when Farah went to the front and ran a 62.4 lap, stringing out the field, and dropping his training partner. Tanui took the lead at the bell, and led by two full metres at 200, but Farah had the speed to chase him down, running his final 100 in 13.4, and his last 800 in 1:56.6. One week later, Farah would win the 5,000 metres again, completing the double-double, previously accomplished only by Viren.

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Since 2011, Mo Farah had not been beaten in a major track championship since the 2011 World Championships (by Ibrahim Jeilan). The defending 2012 Olympic champion, Farah's time of 26:53.71 minutes was the second fastest that year. The year's rankings were topped by Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia and the country's two other team members (Tamirat Tola and Abadi Hadis) placed in the world's top five, though none had senior international track experience. The Kenyan contingent presented the more experienced challengers to Farah. Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Paul Tanui were medallists behind Farah at the 2015 World Championships. Kamworor and the third Kenyan Bedan Karoki Muchiri had beaten Farah at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships five months earlier. American Galen Rupp – Farah's training partner and 2012 Olympic runner-up – was also a strong entrant.


From the two alley waterfall start, Tanui went to the front of the pack, surrounded by his Kenyan teammates. Farah went to the back, jogging along behind the pack in dead last place and even waved to his family in the crowd. Peru's Luis Ostos got three laps in the spotlight before filtering back through the field. For the first quarter of the race, Farah stayed in last, content to let the Kenyans and three Ethiopians exchange the lead, though he was tracked by Kenya's Muchiri. On the seventh lap, Farah moved up to mark the leaders and increase the pace, his training partner Galen Rupp moving in behind him. Suddenly Farah's back kick connected with Rupp's right knee and Farah fell to the ground among the pack of runners.

The pack behind him scattered and Farah popped up quickly, his shoulder showing the scrapes of his collision with the ground. After this point the increased pace fractured the pack Farah returned to his marking position, usually fourth place behind the Kenyans with occasional surges by Ethiopians Tamirat Tola and Yigrem Demelash. Around 7000 metres and eight laps remaining, Kipsang and Karoki took their last turns at the front, but began to fade off the pace while Tamirat Tola and Yigrem Demelash took the point as the pace quickened. Breaking away from the remaining pack, the two Ethiopians, Tanui, Farah, Rupp and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei continued in close order. With four laps to go, Farah took the lead, but instead of trying to break away, he simply defended the point.

With a lap to go, Farah had the lead, with Tanui aggressively trying to pass and the Ethiopians and Rupp still in pursuit. Coming up on a lapped runner, Tanui didn't concede space in order to pin Farah against the curb and into the back of the slower runner, the two exchanged elbows as Farah made his right of way. Tanui accelerated and took the lead before the back stretch. Farah followed Tanui as Rupp fell off the pace. Through the final turn, Tanui had the edge. Coming off the turn, Farah attacked with a gear Tanui's awkward running form could not match, building a half a second margin of victory down the final 100 metres and crossing the line with his Mobot celebration. The gap already established, Tamirat Tola passed Rupp and ran in to the bronze medal. Yigrem Demelash took fourth place after a late rush at his teammate, but missed catching him by one hundredth of a second.

The gold medal win made Farah the joint most successful athlete in the event and was the third consecutive man to repeat as 10,000 m winner, after Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek and Lasse Viren each have won the Olympic 10,000 twice (Nurmi, non-consecutively). Zane Robertson set a New Zealand national record



Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005  
Olympic record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:01.17 Beijing, China 17 August 2008  
Time (s)AthleteNation
Africa (records) 26:17.53 WR Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia
Asia (records) 26:38.76 Abdullah Ahmad Hassan  Qatar
North, Central America
and Caribbean (records)
26:44.36 Galen Rupp  United States
Europe (records) 26:46.57 Mo Farah  Great Britain
Oceania (records) 27:24.95 Ben St. Lawrence  Australia
South America (records) 27:28.12 Marilson dos Santos  Brazil

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13 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's 10,000m final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Mo Farah of Great Britain joined the ranks of men who have successfully defended their 10,000m title, running 27:05.17 for the win on Saturday night.

Farah, who has won every global title on offer at this distance and is unbeaten over 25 laps of the track since 2011, took a tumble at halfway when an accidental clip from his sometime training partner Galen Rupp saw him sprawled out in lane two.

He bounced to his feet immediately and gave Rupp a thumbs-up when Rupp came back to check on him.

“I thought about all my hard work, and that it could all be gone in a minute," Farah said afterwards. "I wasn’t going to let it go. I got up quickly."

The mishap immediately drew comparisons to Lasse Viren’s near-disastrous fall in the 1972 final in Munich, but Farah’s position was never so precarious as that of the Finn. Farah spent the early going loping at the back of the pack as a rotating cast of faces took turns at the front.

He only moved up when, in the third kilometre, Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola and Yigrem Demelash took the pace up a notch.

Within a few laps it became clear that Tola and Demelash were working together to force the pace. Each would take a turn at the front, pushing, then letting the other take over as their own effort flagged.

The Kenyan duo of Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui shadowed the Ethiopians, apparently understanding the plan but not ready to take their turn at the front right away.

It wasn’t until the second half of the race – not long after Farah’s tumble, which happened out of view of the five at the front – that the Kenyans took a shift in the lead.

From 1000m to 5000m, each kilometre got faster, but the sixth slowed slightly as the Ethiopian duo began to run more cautiously.

Tanui turns up the pressure

Tanui then took the lead and, as Kamworor tailed him, their teammate Bedan Karoki also came up to the front and the pace began to ratchet down again as the Kenyan trio controlled the tempo.

Demelash, who looks uncannily like two-time Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie, and Tola both took turns at the front as Kamworor, the reigning world half marathon champion and 10,000m silver medallist at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, surprisingly started to slip back.

Finally, Farah asserted himself in the last kilometre. If the plan had been to run the speed out of his legs, it had not been successfully carried out by any of his East African rivals.

Farah moved to the front with a sharp burst of acceleration and, once in front, it became clear he had no plans to relinquish pole position.

Tanui tried once to retake the lead and was met with an abrupt surge from Farah, forcing Tanui to stay outside him.

At the bell, five men were in contention for the medals, with Farah leading and accompanied by Tanui, Tola, Demelash, and Rupp. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, who had almost tripped over Farah when the latter fell, was trying but failing to stay in contact.

On the backstretch of the final lap, Tanui tried again for the lead and suddenly, as both men became fully committed to the sprint, the pack scattered like a pile of leaves on a breezy day.

Farah couldn’t overhaul Tanui again until the home straight, where he finally hit his top gear and pulled to the front.

Eyes wide, he sprinted madly for the line and finally shook the persistent Kenyan off in the last 50 metres.

“It is never an easy thing when you know you have got a target on your back," he said. "When I fell down, for a moment I thought my race was over, my dream was over but then I managed to dig deep.

“I promised my daughter Rhianna I was going to get her a medal and I was thinking ‘I can’t let her down’. That is all I was thinking about – her. That is why I was quite emotional at the end because it almost went.

“As each lap went down, I was getting more and more confident," he added. "With the bell, I was thinking ‘just don’t waste too much energy’.

"I didn’t know what some of the others could do so I just wanted to make sure I had something at the end. For me, one of the things that keeps me going is winning medals for my country and making my nation proud.”

Tanui took the silver medal in 27:05.64 while Tola held on for bronze in 27:06.26. 2012 Olympic silver medallist Rupp had to settle for fifth this time in 27:08.92.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

10000 m Men     Final 13 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 27.05.17     Mohamed Farah   GBR 23 Mar 83    
2 27.05.64     Paul Tanui   KEN 22 Dec 90   SB
3 27.06.26     Tamirat Tola   ETH 11 Aug 91    
4 27.06.27     Yigrem Demelash   ETH 28 Jan 94    
5 27.08.92     Galen Rupp   USA 8 May 86   SB
6 27.10.06     Joshua Cheptegei   UGA 12 Sep 96   PB
7 27.22.93     Bedan Muchiri   KEN 21 Aug 90   SB
8 27.23.86     Zersenay Tadese   ERI 8 Feb 82    
9 27.30.79     Nguse Tesfaldet   ERI 10 Nov 86   SB
11 27.31.94     Geoffrey Kamworor   KEN 22 Nov 92   SB
12 27.33.67     Zane Robertson   NZL 14 Nov 89   NR , PB
13 27.35.50     Polat Kemboi Arıkan   TUR 12 Dec 90   PB
14 27.35.65     Leonard Korir   USA 10 Dec 86   SB
16 27.51.71     David McNeill   AUS 6 Oct 86   SB
17 27.51.94     Suguru Osako   JPN 23 May 91    
18 27.54.57     Stephen Mokoka   RSA 1 Apr 85    
19 27.58.32     Shadrack Kipchirchir   USA 22 Feb 89   SB
20 28.01.49     Bashir Abdi   BEL 10 Feb 89   SB
21 28.02.03     Luis Ostos   PER 9 Dec 92    
22 28.03.38     Moses Kurong   UGA 7 Jul 94    
23 28.04.84     Timothy Toroitich   UGA 10 Oct 91   SB
24 28.15.99     Goitom Kifle   ERI 3 Dec 93    
25 28.19.36     Andy Vernon   GBR 7 Jan 86   SB
26 28.20.17     El Hassan El Abbassi   BRN 13 Apr 84    
27 28.32.75     Olivier Irabaruta   BDI 25 Aug 90    
28 28.46.32     Ben St. Lawrence   AUS 7 Nov 81   SB
29 28.55.23     Yuta Shitara   JPN 18 Dec 91    
30 29.02.51     Kota Murayama   JPN 23 Feb 93    
31 29.14.95     Ross Millington   GBR 19 Sep 89    
32 29.32.84     Mohammed Ahmed   CAN 5 Jan 91   SB
  DNF     Hassan Chani   BRN 8 Oct 91    
  DNF     Ali Kaya   TUR 20 Apr 94    
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