Mark Smoyer@@smoyersportsFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2012

In huge breakthroughs for Great Britain and the United States, Mo Farah won gold and Galen Rupp silver in the men's 10,000 meters final Saturday at the London Olympics.

Farah's gold was Great Britain's first ever in the event. Rupp's silver was the first medal for the U.S. men since Billy Mills won the 10K in 1964. It was just the third medal finish for U.S. men in the history of the Olympics, according to NBC's broadcast.

And to top it off, Farah and Rupp are training partners in Portland, Oregon, under the guidance of former U.S. marathon great Alberto Salazar. Rupp, 26, starred at the University of Oregon.

Farah, 29, and Rupp were part of a tight pack of a half-dozen runners with one lap to go in the 6.2-mile event. Farah took the lead, with Rupp staying in the pack.

Farah maintained his lead throughout, while Rupp found space with just over 100 meters to go and sprinted down the homestretch to seal second place. Each ran the final lap in about 53 seconds.

Farah's winning time was 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds. Rupp was second in 27:30.90. Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele won bronze with a time of 27:31.43.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele had won the previous two Olympic finals. He finished fourth.


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