Great Britain’s Farah takes gold in 5000m, USA’s Chelimo reinstated to silver

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With Jamaica’s Usain Bolt completing his triple-triple Friday night, the next question was whether Great Britain’s Mo Farah would win both the 5000 and 10,000 meter races for the second consecutive Olympics.

Despite other runners attempting strategies meant to keep Farah from being able to run his race away from the pack, the Briton added another gold medal to his impressive list of achievements by winning the 5000 Saturday night. Farah ran most of the race away from the clutter that can lead to a stumble similar to what he had to recover from in the 10,000, and he finished in 13:03.30, pulling away around the final turn.

WATCH: Farah completes distance double-double, Centrowitz wins 1500 gold

Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwhet, a runner tabbed by some as the one best equipped to beat Farah, pulled close to Farah heading into the final lap and attempted to push the pace. But he ultimately couldn’t keep up with Farah, dropping off into third (13:04.35) by the end of the race.

American Paul Chelimo, who was originally the silver medalist with a time of 13:03.90, had to deal with a roller coaster of emotions before eventually being confirmed for that place on the medal stand.

Shortly after the race’s completion he was disqualified. Chelimo, Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed and Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris were all disqualified with the IAAF citing rule 163.3 (b) as the reason for all three disqualifications, which reads as follows:

In all races (or any part of races) not run in lanes, an athlete running on a bend, on the outer half of the track as per Rule 162.10, or on any curved part of the diversion from the track for the steeplechase water jump, shall not step or run on or inside the kerb or line marking the applicable border (the inside of the track, the outer half of the track, or any curved part of the diversion from the track for the steeplechase water jump).

Yet all three runners appealed the decision, and the appeals of Chelimo and Ahmed were upheld. So Chelimo gets his silver medal after all, with Gebrhiwhet taking bronze. Americans Bernard Lagat, who would have received a bronze medal had the appeals been denied, and Hassan Mead finished fifth and 11th, respectively.

Farah joins Finland’s Lasse Viren as the only runners to accomplish the “double-double” in the 5000 and 10,000 meter races. Like Farah in the 10,000 final, Viren recovered from a fall in the 10,000 final at the 1972 Olympics in Munich to not only win gold but do so in world record time.

Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

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Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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