Farah nails double double, Centrowitz trumps Africans

'I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!': Gold medallist Farah of Britain celebrating his 5,000m win. The 33-year-old Somali-born said he was so tired after bagging the 10,000m gold that food had to be brought to his room.


    Aug 22, 2016

    Farah nails double double, Centrowitz trumps Africans

    BRITAIN'S Mo Farah completed a historic Olympic distance double double with victory in the 5,000m on Saturday as American runner Matt Centrowitz scored an upset win to claim the 1,500m gold.

    Farah became the first man since Finnish great Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles after storming to victory, a week after defending his 10,000m crown at Rio's Olympic Stadium.

    The 33-year-old Somali-born Londoner again produced a superb tactical race on Saturday to outfox his rivals and take gold in 13min 3.3sec.

    "Oh my God I can't believe it!" said Farah.

    "My legs were tired after the 10,000m and people had to bring me food in my room.

    "This is the most satisfying win of the four, it is incredible."

    Centrowitz produced the biggest upset on the final night of track competition, beating defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria into second place to win gold in 3min 50sec.

    Centrowitz became the first American man in more than a century to win the event, which has been shared exclusively between African runners since 1996.

    The last American to win the Olympics 1,500m was Mel Sheppard in the 1908 London Games.

    "There's nothing like it. It doesn't compare to anything else I've won in my life," said Centrowitz.

    "Doing my victory lap, I literally kept screaming to everyone I know: 'Are you kidding me?' "

    New Zealand's Nicholas Willis took the bronze medal in 3:50.24.