London 2012: Mo Farah, Galen Rupp Give Viewers Race to Remember
For those who watched it live, the men's 10,000 meters gave fans a little bit of everything.
There was jostling for position, a group of runners bunched up with two laps to go and a fantastic last lap that led to an epic finish.
All in all, Great Britain's Mo Farah sprinted past the field to win gold, while training partner Galen Rupp of the U.S. brought home the silver.
Those two alone gave fans a race that will be remembered for a long time.
For Farah, it was Great Britain's first Olympic medal in a race longer than 1,500 meters in 104 years. Even more than that, it's a great story for a man who was born in Somalia and escaped (along with his family) to Djibouti, and eventually made his way Great Britain.
A little more than a year ago, Farah and his family moved from Great Britain to Oregon to train with new coach Alberto Salazar, who ironically enough also coaches Rupp.
Farah knew the only way he would take the next step in his running career was to make the move and train with Salazar.
For Rupp, it was winning the first U.S. medal at 10,000 meters since Billy Mills did it in the 1964 Olympics.
For so long, people have talked about how good the Kenyans and Ethiopians are at the distance races, and Rupp showed that the U.S. is slowly making its way back to the conversation.
The manner in which these runners competed was great. They gave us everything we wanted to see in a race. From the jostles for position to the last-lap sprint, we saw it all.
And, in moments when you saw countrymen working together in an effort to go one-two in the event, the last few laps saw training partners (representing two different countries) work together to take gold and silver. This showed the true nature of the Olympics, as they wanted to see each other succeed, not taking into consideration that they were representing different countries.
The best thing about it all was their embrace at the end.
They were both excited for the other, realizing they had just pulled off the impossible—Rupp more than Farah—and showed they were the best in the world at 10,000 meters.
If only the rest of the track and field events would now show us the same. Because if they do, this could go down as one of the greatest Olympic track and field competitions in history.
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