Britain's world champion Mo Farah stormed to the Olympic 5,000 metres
crown on Saturday, just days after winning gold in the 10,000m and
kicking off the last night of track and field drama in style.
The athletics competition in the Olympic stadium reaches a crescendo
with the men's 4x100 metres relay featuring the world's fastest man -
Usain Bolt - and his fellow Jamaican sprinters, who will hope to post a
Russia's world champion Mariya Savinova saw off a late challenge from
South African Caster Semenya to win the women's 800m title and the
United States won the women's 4x400m relay.
Farah, a big favourite for the hosts who are enjoying their biggest
medal haul at a Games for more than a century, dropped to the track to
cheekily squeeze in some sit ups after sprinting away to claim Britain's
first Olympic men's 5,000m title.
He is the seventh man to win the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the same Olympics.
The final few moments of Olympic glory in track and field bring a
close to an eventful penultimate day of the Games in which sporting
prowess did not always dominate the headlines.
A Syrian athlete was expelled after testing positive for a banned
substance and a South Korean soccer player was barred from a medal
ceremony for a political gesture - both cast a shadow over the day with
the most golds up for grabs.
Ghfran Almouhamad, who competed in the women's 400 metres hurdles,
was the 11th athlete to be thrown out of the Games since the start of
the Olympic period which began on July 16.
The 10-strong Syrian team has attracted considerable media attention
during London 2012, less for its sporting achievements than the bloody
conflict raging at home between rebels and forces loyal to President
Politics also crashed the party when the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) called for a South Korea soccer player to be banned from
a medal ceremony after he held up a poster referring to his country's
long-running territorial dispute with Japan.
Five-time world champions Brazil's long quest for Olympic soccer gold
continues after Mexico stunned the stylish South Americans with a 2-1
Oribe Peralta put Mexico ahead after just 28 seconds and added their
second in the 75th minute with a header before Hulk replied for Brazil
in stoppage time in front of a London Games record of 86,162 fans at
Brazil's women provided some consolation, beating the United States to gold in the volleyball.