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Mo Farah with the 10,000m gold medal

Mo Farah provided a stunning finale to an extraordinary evening for British athletics when he bolted down the home straight to collect Olympic gold in the 10,000m in a time of 27:30:42. Farah completed the first leg of a potential golden double - he is already focusing on the 5,000m heats - ahead of American training buddy Galen Rupp and Bekele - not the great Keninisa, but his brother Tariku.

The Londoner kept out of trouble in a muddling sort of race which started slowly and saw some pushing in the early stages; one Kenyan athlete ended on his bottom and out of the race. The powerful Ethiopian Zersenay Tadese tried to up the tempo in the middle stages ahead of the Kenyan trio - Moses Masai, Bedan Karoki Muchiri and the elegant Wilson Kiprop, the Bekele brothers, Farah, Rupp and a few others.

Masai and Muchiri then moved to the front of the leading pack as Kiprop surprisingly dropped out of the race injured. With five laps to go Farah looked in a good place and so it proved. He moved on the shoulder of Masai and Tariku Bekele, and steadied himself for the 'coup de grĂ¢ce'. When the bell rang to signal the final lap, Mo was in front and he stayed there until the line. Only Galen Rupp looked a potential danger but ultimately the American settled for silver.

Mo Farah is the first British athlete to win an Olympic gold medal at 10,000m.

Image courtesy of mofarah.com