Mo Farah completes distance double-double in Rio; Paul Chelimo wins silver

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Mo Farah of Britain became the first runner in 40 years to win back-to-back long-distance doubles at the Olympics by taking gold in the men's 5,000 meters.

Farah already won the 10,000 meters at the Rio de Janeiro Games to go along with his two gold medals from the same events in London four years ago.

The last man to win both distance races in consecutive Olympics was Finnish great Lasse Viren at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games.

Farah finished in 13 minutes, 3.30 seconds, followed by Paul Chelimo of the United States in 13:03.90 and Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia in 13:04.35.

Chelimo was disqualified after the race for a lane infringement. A short time later, track and field's governing body said Chelimo did not break any rules and would get his medal.

Mohammed Ahmed of Canada also was reinstated to finish fourth.

Had those disqualifications stood, American Bernard Lagat, who finished fifth, would have claimed the bronze. Lagat ran a season-best 13:06.78.

Chelimo's medal is the first for the United States in the 5K since the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.