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Farah dedicates win to unborn twins

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Mo Farah sealed an historic double gold © Getty Images
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Mo Farah says he was desperate to win two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics for his unborn twin girls.

Farah achieved the historic feat on Saturday evening, backing up his 10000m victory with gold in the 5000m. The Somali-born Londoner stormed home to finish in a time of 13:41.66, and later dedicated the win to his daughters.

"Those medals are for my girls, they are not born yet. It could be any day, the doctors say we have 12 days, but I did not want to leave one out, because they are twins," he said.

Saturday's triumph saw Farah become the seventh man in history to complete the distance double, and the first Brit to win two gold medals on the track since Kelly Holmes in 2004. Farah was roared home during his 52-second final lap, but says the thought of his pregnant wife also lifted him to victory.

"It was unbelievable, a Mexican wave of sound," Farah said. "I want to thank all my coaches and everyone who has helped me, but particularly my wife. She is carrying twins, it has not been easy because I didn't want to know. She said she wouldn't let me know if anything happened.

"It is an unbelievable feeling, the best feeling ever. I never thought coming to London I would be double Olympic champion, it doesn't come round often. If it wasn't for the crowd I wouldn't have run that fast.

"It has been a long journey grafting and grafting, but you know, anything is possible, you just have to work hard and graft. Everything has a time, and it has all worked out well. I am amazed. Two gold medals. Who would have thought that?"

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