12 Aug 2012

Mo Farah makes history as GB wins three more golds

Mo Farah wins his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m as boxer Luke Campbell makes it three for Team GB after Ed McKeever’s kayak gold. And Tom Daley caps an epic day with diving bronze.

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. (Reuters)

Mo Farah won his second medal at London 2012 in emphatic style, confirming himself as one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes.

It came on another golden day for Team GB as Luke Campbell won in the bantamweight boxing final and Ed McKeever kayaked his way to victory in the men’s 200m canoe sprint, taking GB’s gold medal tally to 28.

Meanwhile, in a thrilling finale at the Aquatics Centre GB’s Tom Daley won bronze in the 10m platform competition which he led going into the final dive.

The 18-year-old scored an impressive total of 556.95 points to seal his place on the podium behind the USA’s David Boudia and China’s Qiu Bo, and celebrated in style by jumping into the pool for a group hug with his Great Britain teammates.


Mo Farah sped across the finish line with eyes wide as tens of thousands of fans cheered him home at the Olympic Stadium in east London. He slapped his head in disbelief, struck his now-famous “Mob-bot” pose and dropped to his knees to kiss the ground.

Farah, 29, then performed Usain Bolt-style sit-ups – the nod of respect was returned by the Jamaican superstar who did the “Mo-bot” (pictured) after his team broke the world record in the 4x100m relay final which followed.

Tom Daley with his bronze medal. (Reuters)

Celebrating his achievement, Farah said “it’s unbelievable,” adding: “I am just amazed – two gold medals, who would have thought that?”

His wife Tania, who is pregnant with twins, and daughter Rihanna came on to the track to share the moment.

One week ago Farah beat Kenenisa Bekele, the Ethiopian 5,000m and 10,000m World and Olympic record holder, to win the Olympic 10,000m title.

Just five men in Olympic history have previously won both races at the same Games.

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Luke Campbell wins boxing gold for Team GB. (Reuters)

Farah made his Olympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Games competing in the 5,000m but failed to progress to the final. In 2009 he spent time training in Ethiopia and Kenya, winning the silver medal at the European Cross Country Championships.

Farah now lives in Portland, Oregon, having relocated there in 2011 to enhance his training opportunities in the more temperate climate.

Born in Mogadishu, Farah moved from Somalia to the UK in 1993 where his school PE teacher identified his potential as a runner.

Golden era for GB boxing

Team GB are enjoying their best Olympics in boxing since the 1950s with Luke Campbell (pictured above) doubling Yorkshire’s tally in the ring.

The 24-year-old from Hull followed Nicola Adams’s victory with gold in the bantamweight final.

Campbell sealed a tense 14-11 victory over Ireland’s John Joe Nevin, flooring his opponent in the third round.

More medals beckon for Team GB’s boxers with Anthony Joshua and Fred Evans fighting on Sunday.

On Friday Anthony Ogogo took bronze in the middleweight contest.