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Second Olympic gold for Mo Farah

Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 5,000m Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Mo Farah has secured his place as one of Britain's greatest sportsmen as he claimed an astonishing second gold medal of London 2012.

Victory for the 29-year-old in the 5,000m, seven days after he set the Olympic Stadium alight by winning the 10,000m, topped a golden Games for Britain.

Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 5,000m Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A euphoric crowd of 80,000, including his heavily pregnant wife Tania and daughter Rihanna, created a deafening noise as Farah won with a sprint finish.

He kissed the track after victory and even started doing sit-ups on the track after the sprint finish.

It's just unbelievable. I was confidant going into the race but in the heat I didn't feel so good, I felt tired. I got great support from the crowd. It means a lot to me and those two medals are for my twins.

I'm just taking one race at a time but the Olympics don't come round often. It all worked out well. I'm just amazed - two gold medals - who would've thought that. I just want to thank everyone who supported me. Anything is possible - just hard work and grafting.

– Mo Farah after winning the men's 5,000m Olympic gold medal
Britain's Mo Farah (L) and Jamaica's Usain Bolt pose during the victory ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Credit: Reuters

Only five other men have ever taken the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the same Olympic Games.

The others are Hannes Kolehmainen, one of the original flying Finns, Czech Emil Zatopek, the Soviet Vladimir Kuts, Finland's Lasse Viren - managed the double in both 1972 and 1976 - and Ethioipia's Kenenisa Bekele.

His historic win means the British team's medal tally has reached 60 - 27 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, a two-time Olympic 1500m champion said:

Mo Farah - a distance running great and arguably the best British runner of all time.

London Mayor Boris Johnson rejoices after Mo Farah's victory:

It is the icing on the London 2012 cake to witness this awesome athlete's stunning and historic victory...sealing two amazing golds in middle distance running.

He follows so many of our great team who have excelled beyond even their wildest dreams, in what has been the best Games ever and rounding off another fantastic day of sporting action.

– London mayor Boris Johnson

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