A fall threatened to prove costly for Mo Farah at Rio 2016, but the Briton recovered to retain his Olympic 10,000m title in style.
Mo Farah feared his hopes of defending the Olympic 10,000 metre title had vanished when he suffered a fall en route to a superb victory at Rio 2016.
Farah outstripped Kenya's Paul Tanui on the home straight to claim his third Olympic title and remain on course to repeat the double success he achieved on home soil in London four years ago.
Yet the Briton had to recover from a mid-race tumble, which he believed would be costly.
"When I went down, I thought, 'Oh my God, that is it'," said Farah.
"I just got up and wanted to stick with the guys and stay strong. It's never easy but everyone knows what I can do.
"I thought about all my hard work and that it could all be gone in a minute. I wasn't going to let it go.
"I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I managed to dig deep."
Farah, unbeaten in major races since the 2011 World Championships, is the first British track athlete to claim three Olympic gold medals and will seek a fourth in next week's 5000m.
Reflecting on his latest success, he added: "It was pretty tough. Most people had four years preparation to beat me, watching me winning the worlds. It is not the easiest thing with a target on your back.
"As each lap went by I was getting more confident. With the bell I was looking around, [thinking] 'who is there'."