Wednesday 17th August, 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Aug.
17 (GNA/dpa) – Mo Farah advanced untroubled into the 5,000-metre final
Wednesday in his bid to become only the second man to claim successive Olympic
distance running doubles.
The Briton Farah
finished third in his morning heat in 13 minutes 25.25 seconds for a place in
Farah won the
10,000m on Saturday and can now emulate Finland’s Lasse Viren who got
back-to-back doubles 1972 and 1976. He has successive doubles at world
championships (2013 and 2015) and is unbeaten in eight global races since
getting 10,000m silver at the 2011 worlds.
Also qualified for
the final is 41-year-old veteran Bernard Lagat of the US who got a 1,500m and
5,000m double at the 2007 worlds.
Set for later in the
morning session under sunny skies was the men’s 3,000m steeplechase final and
the women’s 800m heats with former world champion and season-leader Caster
Semenya of South Africa.