Paul Kipngetich Tanui became Kenya’s first male Olympic medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he produced a stellar performance to win silver in the event. The 25 year-old from Nakuru was in the leading pack for most of the race, with pace setters Geoffrey Kamworor and Bedan Karoki setting a relatively fast pace in the opening 5,000m of the race. Tanui finished the race in 27:05.64. British ace and strong favourite Mo Farah won gold in 27:05.17, less than half a second ahead of Tanui.
Speaking after the race, Tanui was grateful for the silver medal, but rued the slow pace that the team set early in the race that allowed defending champion Farah to keep in step with them. Farah, who won Olympic Gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, was a strong favourite to win the race, and looked comfortable until midway through the race when he was tripped by his American training partner Galen Rupp. At that point, his dream to win a third straight Olympic gold in 10,000m looked all but over.
However, much to his credit, the 33 year old Brit got back up on his feet and surged back up to the front of the pack, where he kept in step with the Kenyans and Ethiopians. In the last 200m, he delivered his customary burst of speed to power ahead of the pack and win the tight race. Ethiopian Tamirat Tola finished third in 27:06.26.
Congratulations, Paul Kipngetich Tanui.