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MO FARAH is some pedigree. He fell, he rose, he conquered.

The man with a plan did it the only way he could. He knew there was nothing the Kenyans and Ethiopians would love more than to stop him, but he put his opponents in a spin.

The final 400m was a thundering crescendo. Farah uncorked a last lap that took the world’s and his opponents’ breath away.

You don’t have to be British to love this man who retained his 10,000m Olympic title in 27:05.17s and will now go down as one of the all-time greats.

A new sprint queen also emerged. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson ended the eight-year reign of countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.

She won the 100m in 10.72s, confirming herself as the next star of Jamaican women’s sprinting with an imperious display.