Rio 2016: The moment when Mo Farah thought his Olympic dream was over

The Olympian won his third gold medal despite tripping and falling halfway through the race

Caroline Mortimer@cjmortimer
Sunday 14 August 2016 12:08
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Mo Farah has said he thought his Olympic dream was over after he fell over during the 10,000m race.

The defending champion won his third gold medal on Saturday night despite being accidentally tripped up by his training partner Galen Rupp.

But shortly after he took the tumble he was back on his feet and caught up with the leaders to win.

Mo Farah defends title to claim Olympic 10,000m gold

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "At one moment I thought my dream was over, my race was over. I tried to be tough, and that is what I did."

The 33-year-old said it is “difficult to get back up and win” after falling but he was determined to do it for his stepdaughter Rhianna.

He said: “I was thinking 'no, no. I can't let Rhianna down'.

“I always wanted to do it for her. My twins got the double gold from London and I promised this one to her. That's what drove me home”.

Farah said it was just “lucky” that the fall happened with 16 laps to go in the 10,000m event so he was able to catch up.

With his third Olympic win, he is now Britain’s most successful track and field star.

Despite being overtaken in the final lap by Kenyan Paul Tanui, Farah’s sprint finish was enough to clinch the Gold.

He will now go on to defend his 5,000m title on Wednesday - he said he hopes to win the race for his youngest child Hussein.

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