From Somalia to England, to the 5000/10,000m double in London and image-of-the-Games status there, to threshold of doubling up in Rio, Mo Farah has been on an epic journey. The last thing he needed was a trip. Ten laps into the 25 at the Olympic stadium on Saturday night, Farah was clipped by friend and sometime training partner, American Galen Rupp, and fell. He didn’t blame Rupp, but his own long stride.
Immediately, his athletic life passed before his eyes. The hyperbole is his, not ours. “I thought, this is it,” he said later. “The guys are going to keep racing, they’re going to get rid of me.” Farah hoped the race leaders hadn’t seen his mishap. They hadn’t.
“Mentally, I was thinking: is the race done? Is the race done?” he said. “I thought about all my hard work and that it could all be gone in a minute. I wasn’t going to let it go. I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. Read more