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Olympics: Double gold in London makes up for Beijing disappointment, admits Farah

British runner Mo Farah says there are no words to describe how much winning gold in London at both 5,000m and 10,000m means to him.

Mo Farah holds up his gold medal for winning the 5,000m at London 2012
Mo Farah holds up his gold medal for winning the 5,000m at London 2012

LONDON // Mo Farah has told how "everything just came together for me" as he became double Olympic champion.

The British runner added the 5,000m gold medal to the 10,000m won last Saturday, and admitted it was a fitting comeback after failing to qualify for the finals in Beijing four years ago.

"As an athlete you dream of becoming an Olympic champion but, for me, to become Olympic champion twice is just an unbelievable feeling," he told the BBC.

"If it wasn't for the crowd I don't think I would have been up there, for sure. They make a big difference. In front of 80,000 people just cheering your name and getting louder and louder, it's the best feeling ever, it's just like being at a football game."

He said he felt he was able to dictate last night's race and he "knew I had it in me" to be first over the finish line.

On his remarkable progress over the last four years, Farah added: "It's been a lot of hard work and grafting. In Beijing, for me it was really disappointing. I had to move forwarOnd and recover and get into my running again, and then last year I made the big decision to move to the US.

"That was never easy. Something needed to change.

"There is a decision in your career you have to make ... I'm glad I made that decision, and it just shows you it works.

"But a lot of miles have gone into these legs, week in, week out, over 100 miles, sometimes I'd be hitting 120 miles, so it just shows you it's hard work.

"There are no shortcuts, just hard work and grafting."

Asked what his achievements in London mean to him overall, Farah said: "To be double Olympic champion, to be on the podium, it's the best thing.

"There is no word to describe it because all the work, all the sacrifices, all the things you put into it, it's just unbelievable."


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