Running for Great Britain was Somali transplant Mo Farah. It was a bruising competition. The Eritrean runners continually pushed and shoved Farah during the first half of the race, trying to throw him off his game. Farah also had to deal with the Kenyans and Ethiopians who were ready to steal his gold.
The real racing didn't begin until 5 laps remained in the competition. 3 Ethiopians, 3 Eritreans, 2 Kenyans, Farah and his American training partner Galen Rupp appeared poised to battle it out over the last 2000 meters. It was a chess match, no one wanting to push the tempo too hard. The Ethiopians trying to keep it under control for Kenenisa Bekele, who was seeking yet another Olympic title. The Kenyans looking lost and confused over whether to push the tempo or wait and kick. Rupp and Farah simply ran with confidence biding their time.
As much as this first ever gold at 10000 meant for Great Britain, Galen Rupp's silver means just as much for U.S.A. distance running. It marked the first American medal at 10000 since Billy Mill's spectacular sprint to gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Rupp is standing on the precipice of becoming the greatest distance runner in American history.
Now both men will figure in the hunt for medals at 5000 meters next week. Alberto Salazar has proven himself as one of the great distance coaches of his generation, having guided both Farah, Rupp and Dathan Ritzenheim who finished a respectable 13th in this incredible race. As great as Salazar was as a runner, he's now proven himself an even greater coach.
Editor's note: Just wanted to add that it's a shame that American Matt Tegenkamp did not compete better in the 10000. Matt, who hails from Lee's Summit, Missouri, has had an incredible career and still holds the American Record for 2 miles.