Super Saturday stars at it again at Rio 2016
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Super Saturday stars at it again at Rio 2016

14 August 2016 / 03:25

Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford picked up Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals respectively on a fantastic night for Team GB at the Estádio Olímpico.

In a repeat of the London 2012’s Super Saturday where the trio all claimed gold medals, the three British athletics stars all claimed podium positions at Rio 2016, although it was only Farah who topped the podium.

The 33 year old was first up of the three and put in a stunning performance to become the first British athlete to win three Olympic gold medals on the track as he defended the 10,000m title he won at London 2012.

Everything looked under control but an early stumble from Farah bought an audible gasp from the crowd before he climbed back to his feet and continued the race unhindered.

The race settled down again but drama unfolded once more in the final lap when Paul Kipngetich Tanui of Kenya made an early dart to lead on the final straight.

However the Kenyan could not hold off Farah’s legendary kick sprint and it was the Team GB athlete who burst out in front to roars from crowd and crossed the line to take victory.

Mo Farah wins 10,000m gold at Rio 2016

Farah will now look to defend his Olympic 5,000m crown when qualifying in the event gets underway on Wednesday.

“It is never an easy thing when you know you have got a target on your back.” Farah said.

“When I fell down, for a moment I thought my race was over, my dream was over but then I managed to dig deep.

“I promised my daughter Rhianna I was going to get her a medal and I was thinking ‘I can’t let her down’. That is all I was thinking about – her. That is why I was quite emotional at the end because it almost went."

Ennis-Hill narrowly missed out on defending her Olympic heptathlon title as she won silver behind Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.

Ennis-Hill emphatically won the 800m - the final discipline of the competition - but it was not enough to overtake Thiam as the Belgian triumphed by 35 points.

Canada's Brianne Theisen Eaton won the bronze medal while Team GB athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished sixth.

Meanwhile Rutherford's reign as Olympic long jump champion came to an end as the Team GB athlete won bronze, with the USA's Jeff Henderson taking gold.

Henderson won gold by leaping 8.38m with his last attempt while South Africa's Luvo Manyonga took the silver medal with 8.37m and Rutherford took third with 8.29m.

Greg Rutherford wins long jump bronze at Rio 2016

“I’m pleased on the last that I mustered what energy I had left to take me from fourth into a medal position but it’s still not good enough in my eyes,” said Rutherford.

Elsewhere Matthew Hudson-Smith finished second in his semi-final to qualify for tomorrow’s final but both Asha Philip and Desiree Henry fell at the semi-final stage in the women’s 100m as did Michael Rimmer in the men’s 800m.

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