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Great Britain's Mo Farah takes gold in 5,000, is greatest long-distance runner in world

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Great Britain's Mo Farah as he crossed the finish line on Saturday in the 5,000 meters. (US Presswire)

Mo Farah: now indisputably the greatest long-distance runner in the world, and perhaps the best long-distance runner in Great Britain's history.

Farah, who so dramatically/fantastically/gleefully/unbelievably won the 10,000 meters last Saturday, took the 5,000-meter gold Saturday, crossing the line in 13:41.66 seconds. When he passed finish, just like he did a week ago, he slapped his sweaty bald head in disbelief over the accomplishment.

A loveable sight. Farah is now a hero to the English. Olympic Stadium roared so loud -- the roars growing until the gush of screams and hollers in the final 200 meters -- I'm betting it could be heard all the way over at Hyde Park, where another 45,000 people gathered to watch Farah's run on massive screens erected specifically for this occasion. The win means so much to the Brits, considering this is after all their Games. It's on English soil, and to have Farah -- along with other track athletes, like Jessica Ennis -- take gold, it's about as feel-good as Olympics can get for a host country.

Silver in Saturday's race went to Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel (13:41.98); the bronze to Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa of Kenya. American Galen Rupp, who took silver in the 10,000, finished in seventh (13:45.04). Fellow American Bernard Lagat's 13:42.99 clip meant a fourth-place finish.

The win, which the BBC called "the moment in the history of British athletics," caused what reporters on the scene dubbed the loudest moment of these Olympics so far. Usain Bolt may mesmerize the crowds, but he doesn't rev them the way local athletes doing good for gold have. Farah's a national treasure.

And then there's this.

Farah's final lap was clocked at 52.9 seconds. That's an incredible kick, and he needed almost every bit of it to keep Gebremeskel from overtaking the race in the final 200 meters.

"I'm just amazed. Two gold medals -- who would've thought that?" Farah said to the BBC after the race. "The [noise] was unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough."

 
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