IN PICS: Rio 2016 day 15 - Farah's double-double

Sport360 staff 21/08/2016
Another busy day in Rio.

His legs were tired, but Britain’s Mo Farah produced blistering pace in the final straight to become the first man in 40 years to retain the two Olympic distance titles.

The 33-year-old, who fought back from a stumble to claim the 10,000m last week, said his victory in the 5,000m on Saturday night had been the most satisfying of the four golds.

Farah won his second straight 5,000m in 13min 3.30sec to match the feat of Finland’s Lasse Viren who retained the same Olympic titles in 1976.

“Oh my God I can’t believe it,” said Farah. “It’s every athlete’s dream but I can’t believe it. My legs were tired after the 10,000m and people had to bring me food in my room.

“This is the most satisfying win of the four, it is incredible.”

Farah, who trains in Oregon under ex-marathon great Alberto Salazar, said watching Ethiopian distance legend Kenenisa Bekele medalling had been an inspiration.

“When Bekele won all those medals I said I just want one. If you have dreams they can come true and I always wanted to achieve these for my kids because for so much of the year you don’t see them and thus you want to show them something or rather the reason for the absences.”

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IN PICS: Bolt's nine golden Olympic moments

Sport360 staff 20/08/2016
Bolt has left a lasting legacy.

Usain Bolt completed the ‘triple triple’ of sprint crowns by winning 4×100 metres relay gold with Jamaica in Rio to land his ninth Olympic title.

Here, we take a look at those triumphs.

2008 OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING – 100M

Bolt announced himself as a sporting superstar by storming to the 100m crown in a world record 9.69 seconds, even slowing down to celebrate before reaching the line.

2008 – 200M

The Jamaican ended Michael Johnson’s reign as world record holder by racing to victory in 19.30secs.

2008 – 4x100M RELAY

Bolt made it three Olympic golds and three world records by running the third leg as Jamaica won the sprint relay in 37.10s.

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES, LONDON 2012 – 100M

Bolt answered doubts about his form and fitness in emphatic fashion by defending his crown in 9.63, an Olympic record.

2012 – 200M

He became the first man in history to retain both the Olympic 100m and 200m titles, winning over the longer distance in 19.32 and declaring afterwards he was a ”living legend”.

2012 – 4x100M RELAY

Bolt completed the ‘double-triple’ as he left the capital with another world record in the relay, Jamaica winning in 36.84.

2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, RIO – 100M

Bolt overcame a now trademark sluggish start to power home in the final 50m and cross the line first in a season’s best of 9.81, beating rival Justin Gatlin into second.

2016 – 200M

Bolt targeted the world record ahead of the race but rain ruined that prospect and, although he was a comfortable winner, he had to settle for a season’s best time of 19.78.

2016 – 4x100M RELAY

The 29-year-old completed his ‘triple triple’ of Olympic sprint titles, taking the baton from Nickel Ashmeade and storming away from second-placed Japan on the final leg.

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This year’s Olympic Games in Rio have been an eventful time for the athletes, but some of the best moments have come from stars other than those competing for gold.

Zac Efron’s cute moment with the USA Gymnastics team stole America’s hearts, as did the adorable Boomer Phelps as he watched his dad complete his 28-medal collection.

SNL comedienne Leslie Jones and movie star Matthew McConaughey also stole the show in Rio with their incredible support for the athletes.

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