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Defending champion overtakes Paul Kipngetich Tanui of Kenya


08-14-2016 15:50 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Rio Olympics

To make the transition from the pool to the track, which is what traditionally happens between the first and second weeks of the Olympics. And one man looking to grab the spotlight is British distance runner Mo Farah, who is in Rio to defend both the 5-thousand and 10,000 meter titles. The longer race would be first on the schedule, but the man known for his "MoBot" victory dance had to shrug off an early fall, if he hoped to celebrate again.

Defending champion overtakes Paul Kipngetich Tanui of Kenya

Defending champion overtakes Paul Kipngetich Tanui of Kenya

Mo is ready to go as he gets a great reception from the fans in Brazil, but as always, the athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya are looking to take him down.

Unfortunately for Farah, his own training partner, the USA's Galen Rupp collides with him nearly 11 minutes into the race. Uganda's Joshua Chep-te-gui nearly steps on the champ's head, but thankfully dodges him.

Farah is fully recovered by the final lap, where he overtakes Paul Kipn-ge-tich Tanui on the last curve, and pulls away from the Kenyan down the stretch on the way to winning his second straight Olympic gold medal in the 10K. His winning time -- 27 minutes, 5.17 seconds -- and now he will try to compete a second straight distance double.

"Different atmosphere, different people, different stadium, and it's four years later, you're a little bit older. Yeah, it was difficult, but you know I really enjoyed it, and it was pretty amazing to be able to, not many people dream of winning the Olympics," said Mo Farah.

Two-time defending champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claims bronze

In the women's 100 meters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce looks to win her third straight Olympic gold, but must contend with fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson, and the world champion from the Netherlands, Daphne Schippers.

It is Thompson who gets out of the blocks quickest, followed by Tori Bowie of the USA, with Fraser-Pryce and Schippers lagging behind. And the 24-year-old Thompson would cross the line first, in a time revised down to 10.71 seconds. Bowie takes the silver, while Fraser-Pryce picks up bronze, and Schippers comes in fifth.

There were also three gold medals awarded in the field events on Saturday. Nafis-satou Thiam of Belgium upset titleholder Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain, and world champ Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada, to win the women's heptathlon. The USA's Jeff Henderson was victorious in the men's long jump, and Germany's Christoph Harting prevailed in the discus throw.

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