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.

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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.

Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

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British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

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