Four years after edging out American Galen Rupp for gold in the men’s 10,000 meters, Great Britain’s Mo Farah returned to the Olympics with hopes of becoming the third straight repeat gold medalist in the event. Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie took gold in 1996 and 2000, with fellow Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele winning the 10,000 in 2004 and 2008.
Farah managed to join those two in winning a second consecutive gold medal in the event, winning in 27:05.17. Farah collided with another runner and fell early in the race, an occurrence that would long-lasting effects on some runners even with the 10,000 meters being as long of a race as it is. But Farah got back to his feet in short order, even flashing a “thumbs up” while running to show that he was OK, and ultimately went on to out-kick Kenya’s Paul Tanui down the stretch and win a second Olympic gold medal.
Tanui took silver with a time of 27:05.64, with Eithopia’s Tamirat Tola taking bronze at 27:06.26.
All three Americans in the race failed to medal, with 2012 silver medalist Galen Rupp finishing fifth despite posting a season-best time of 27:08.92. Leonard Korir finished 14th with a season-best time of 27:35.65, and Shadrack Kipchirchir finished 19th with a season-best time of 27:58.32.