Golden greats: Mo stuns the world by doing long-distance double as sprint king Bolt sets new record
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Mo Farah and Usain Bolt provided an extraordinary finale to the track programme of the Olympic Games with a fourth athletics gold medal for Britain and a relay world record for Jamaica.
With the curtain coming down on a universally acclaimed London Games on Sunday, Farah held his nerve in a final lap of the 5,000m to become the seventh man in history to win the 5,000m-10,000m double — and dedicated his two medals to his twin girls, who are due to be born in 12 days.
Bolt, in what may be his farewell to the Olympics, then anchored a Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake to break their own world record with 36.84sec in the 4x100m, beating the Americans, who also broke the old world record in 37.04sec.
Trading places: Mo Farah celebrates with Usain Bolt's trademark Lightening Strike while the Jamaican sprinter copies the Brit's Mo-Bot celebration
In the record books: Bolt poses on the podium after winning the men's 4X100 relay
Boxer Luke Campbell added to the British gold haul, realising his lifetime dream as he floored Ireland’s John Joe Nevin on his way to a 14-11 victory and the Olympic bantamweight title at ExCeL on Saturday night.
Earlier Ed McKeever had powered to victory in the men’s 200m kayak canoeing, the 28-year-old dominating the K1 single final with Spaniard Saul Craviotto Rivero taking silver and Canada’s Mark de Jonge bronze.
Farah received the loudest acclaim of the night as he sprinted for gold and said: ‘The crowd were amazing. They made an incredible noise. These medals are for my two girls, who haven’t been born yet, hopefully. They could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It’s amazing.
Boxing to gold: Luke Campbell won gold in the boxing ring
'They’re twins so there’s one for each.’
As for his short-term future on the track, Farah said: 'I don’t know what’s going on. I’m taking one race at a time. The Olympics doesn’t come round often. It's all worked out well.
'I’m just amazed. Two gold medals — who would have thought that
'I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me. All my coaches from previous years and all the people who’ve been involved in my life. I can’t thank everybody enough.
Paddle power: Ed Mckeever celebrates after winning the gold medal in the kayak single 200-meter men's final
'I want to say particularly to my wife, with her carrying twins, it hasn’t been easy but I didn’t want to know about it.
'If anything happens she promised she wouldn’t let me know so I’m glad it all worked out well.’
He added: ‘It’s been a long journey, grafting and grafting, but anything is possible.'