The unstoppable Mo Farah makes Olympic historyIan Walton/Getty Images
You can’t keep a good man down, as Great Britain’s Mo Farah proved during the Men’s 10,000-meter race at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The two-time London 2012 gold medalist was cruising along, 10 laps in, when he suddenly tumbled to the track, tripped up accidentally by his training partner Galen Rupp.
But for Farah, the setback wasn’t going to lead to defeat. Almost as soon as he went down, he bounced back to his feet, flashing a quick thumbs-up before surging ahead to the lead pack.
"I wasn't going to let it go," Farah told BBC News. "I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought 'get through, get through'."
And get through he did, with the race remaining a nail-biter until Farah sprinted to the lead with just 200 meters to go.
From there, Farah went on to victory in the Men’s 5,000 meter, joining the pantheon of sporting greats as the first man since 1976 to successfully defend two Olympic distance titles. It’s a stunning run of success for Farah, who returned to Britain as an Olympic champion with four gold medals to his name -- one for each of his children, he said.
"When I fell down, I was just thinking, ‘Try to get up ... Don’t panic.’"- Mo Farah
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Farah (right) runs neck-and-neck with Kenya’s Paul Tanui after overcoming a stunning, split-second fall.
Farah drapes himself in the Union Jack after becoming a double Olympic champion in the Men's 10,000, following wins in 2012 and 2016.