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Mo Farah Was Saturday’s Most #Amazing Olympic Athlete

The British runner made history by winning his third gold medal

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Mo Farah celebrates winning the men's 10,000m final. — REUTERS
Aug 14, 2016 at 9:24 AM ET

Great Britain’s Mo Farah won the gold medal in the 10,000 meter run on Saturday evening, becoming the first British track and field athlete ever to win three Olympic gold medals. Farah’s historic win, achieved despite falling mid-race, earned him praise on the internet as Saturday’s most “amazing” athlete.

Farah tumbled on the 10th lap of the 25-lap race, after being accidentally tripped by American runner and training partner Galen Rupp. He managed to recover his footing quickly enough to win in 27:05:17. Farah told reporters afterwards “I wasn’t going to let it go. I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought ‘get through, get through’. I believed in myself.”

A Vocativ analysis of millions of Olympics tweets found that Farah was the most #amazing athlete on Saturday, earning 114,925 mentions between 10 am and midnight.