WATCH: Mo Farah Falls During 10,000m Final – Still Makes History

The chances of runner Mo Farah making it to the top seemed slim at best when he fell down with 16 laps to go.

Mo Farah sprinted his way into history on Saturday as he became the first Briton to bring home three Olympic gold medals in track and field.

In his spectacular win, Farah also defended his 10,000m title.

Paul Tanui

Paul Tanui from Kenya placed second, while Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola bagged the third position.

In the early stages of the race, Farah strategically, deliberately lagged behind, stocking up energy for the crucial latter part, where most other athletes would have dried up their reserve of stamina.

The race, however, was not an easy or a predictable win, even with Farah’s obvious talent.

With 16 laps to go, his training partner Galen Rupp accidentally tripped him. As Farah crashed to the ground, many believed that his chances at a second Olympic gold were over.

But he soldiered on.

"I wasn't going to let it go," Farah said. "I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought 'get through, get through.' I believed in myself."

In the end, with 100m to go, he darted past Tanui to claim victory.

On Wednesday, he will return to track, this time in a bid to retain his 5,000m win. If he wins that one, he will go down in history as the first Olympian since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to defend two of his Olympic distance titles.

And Farah is game for this.

"I've won an Olympic gold for three of my children," he said. "Now I'd like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy."

His race to the top has awed many. Olympic silver medalist and former world champion Steve Cram was ecstatic. He described Farah's win as "simply wonderful," according to the BBC, conceding Farah had gone to a place no other British athlete had been able to go.

Many, such as the 1992 Olympic women's 400m hurdles champion, Sally Gunnell, took to Twitter to express their jubilation.




Many just can’t believe the guy who fell down with 16 laps ahead of him managed to win.




Like most Olympian wins or losses, this carries the same innate message.



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