Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( Agencies + AFRICASPORTS.NET) – Mo Farah has become the first British athlete to win three Olympic golds on the track after retaining his 10,000m title in Rio.
Cyclist Laura Trott also made history on day eight of the Games, becoming the first British woman to win three gold medals after her success in the women’s team pursuit.
It wasn’t a repeat of Super Saturday though after Team GB athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford failed to retain their titles from London 2012.
But it was still a very successful day for Team GB, with eight medals overall and putting Britain third in the medals table. On Super Saturday in 2012, Team GB won six golds, particularly dominating in the track and field events.
During his race, Farah was tripped by his American training partner Galen Rupp during the 10th lap of the 25-lap race – but he quickly got up and signalled all was okay with a thumbs-up.
The 33-year-old produced his trademark surge over the last 100m to finish in 27 min 05.17 secs.
After crossing the line, he fell to the ground and kissed the track before doing his distinctive ‘Mobot’ sign.
Talking about the fall, he said: “When you go down, you get really emotional and I just tried to pick myself back up and believe in myself.”
Farah, who won the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012, will now be aiming to achieve a double-double.
Mohamed Farah (Mo Farah) is a Somali – British distance runner who was born in Somalia. On the track, he mostly competes over 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, but he has run competitively from 1500 metres to the marathon.