Mo Farah has made history as the first British man to win gold in the 10,000 m race of Olympics. The 29-year-old had predicted before the London Games that the home crowd could inspire one to go for the gold, but even he was stunned by the roaring of his fans as he crossed the finish line.
“They give you that lift, that boost, and it was just incredible. A lot of people said having an Olympics in London would bring a lot of pressure. Obviously there is pressure, but sometimes you can’t think about that and you just have to use the crowd. I think every one of us used the crowd, and I think that made the difference,” Farah added.
No British man had ever won an Olympic distance event and not a European since a European runner won gold in the 10,000m race in 1984. As Mo Farah swept past the finish line, open-mouthed, with eyes bulging out of their sockets and banging his head with both hands four times, it was obvious that he couldn’t believe he had just made Olympic history.
Farah said his first reaction after crossing the finish line was one of incredulity that he was an Olympic champion.
“I had to hold my head and think, ‘Am I really the Olympic champion now?’ It is the best day of my life. It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s something I’ve been working so hard far, so many miles. Long-distance running is a lonely event and if you don’t put in the work, you don’t get anything out of it,” he said.
“It hasn’t been an easy event. It’s not just a case of training and becoming an Olympic champion. It’s taken years and years of hard work. That’s what people forget,” the Olympic champion added.
Albert Salazar, who trained Mo Farah as well as Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp of America, told reporters that he was certain before the race that his two athletes would finish in the top three, with Farah taking a gold medal.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Mo Farah moved to London when he was 8. And now Farah’s victory, which has added to the gold and silver medals he won in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters respectively at last year’s World Championship, has brought immense pride to Great Britain.