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Rio Olympics: Mo Farah wins 5000m for second straight time

Britain's Mo Farah crosses the line to win

Britain's Mo Farah crosses the line to win the gold medal in the men's 5000-meter final, during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

Mo Farah of Britain became the first runner in 40 years to win back-to-back long-distance doubles at the Olympics by taking gold in the men’s 5,000 meters.

Farah already won the 10,000 meters at the Rio de Janeiro Games to go along with his two gold medals from the same events in London four years ago.

The last man to win both distance races in consecutive Olympics was Finnish great Lasse Viren at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games.

Farah won 13 minutes, 3.30 seconds. Paul Chelimo of the United States took bronze and Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia got bronze.

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