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Mo Farah Fell Over And Still Managed To Make Olympic History

You just can't keep a good man down.

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Mo Farah has made history by becoming the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals. And he achieved that despite falling over halfway through the 10,000m final in Rio.

(Note: The video no longer exists on our site due to rights issues. It can be viewed here on the BBC instead.)

But because this is Mo Farah we're talking about, he dusted himself off and got about the business of winning the race, which he did by powering past Paul Tanui of Kenya on the home straight.

Just a reminder this is after almost 25 laps. A-mazing.


People who had stayed up to watch the race in the middle of the night UK time were full of admiration.

"I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down.” Mo Farah’s got a new tune. #Olympics

When you fall over mid race and still win Olympic Gold 😂 @Mo_Farah is the King!

If you fall down, get right back up again. What a performance by @Mo_Farah to win #Gold.


Mo Farah! The man with the plan!! Got up & handled his Biz!! Righto GB!!

Wow! Mo Farah plays with the opposition by rolling around on the track, gets up and still wins gold. What an extraordinary athlete.

It was an unbelievable victory from Farah, who said he wanted to win for his family.

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He told the BBC about the mid-race stumble: "I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought 'get through, get through'. I believed in myself."


Ominously for Farah's rivals, he's back on the track on Wednesday to defend his 5,000m title from London 2012.

Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images

"I've won an Olympic gold for three of my children," he said. "Now I'd like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy."

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