Farah and Rupp Win Together
For the last 18 months, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp trained together in Portland, Oregon, ate meals together and lived together. Side by side, the two distance runners worked with coach Alberto Salazar, pushing themselves to their limits in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.
Farah, born in Somalia and competing for Great Britain, and Rupp, born in Oregon and running for the United States, would be competing against each other and history. Great Britain had never won gold in any race longer than 1,500 meters. No U.S. runner had won a medal in the 10,000-meter race in almost 50 years.
When race day came, Farah and Rupp stayed close together straight through to the homestretch, where Rupp couldn’t quite catch his friend and training partner, who finished to win the gold. Rupp took the silver.
"It was the best thing," Farah (above with Rupp at the end of the race) told USA Today. "I'd won the race, but to have my training partner second to me … we do everything together."