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Watch: US Runner Told He's Been Disqualified On Live TV

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne Updated

Just like four years ago in London, Mo Farah completed the 10,000m and 5,000m double on Saturday night in Rio.

Farah won the 5,000m by just 0.60 from Kenyan-born American Paul Chelimo with Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwhet taking the bronze.

For a while though, it looked like Chelimo would not be stepping onto the podium and instead veteran Bernard Lagat would take home bronze.

Chelimo, Canadian Mo Ahmed (who finished fourth) and Ethiopian Muktar Edris were all disqualified for stepping inside the rail of the track. Chelimo and Ahmed would later be reinstated.

Chelimo found out that he had been disqualified on live TV when he was told by NBC's Lewis Johnson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxPBHHbfcbc

After an appeal, Chelimo and Ahmed were restored to their positions allowing the US to claim their first men's 5,000m medal since 1964.

Chelimo told Johnson what had happened on the track.

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I was trying to go to the outside to get in position. They were blocking me in. They were pushing me into the rail. I was trying to save myself from all of the pushing.

I can't believe it. I was running a fair race. I wasn't trying to pick someone. I was trying to go to the outside because the Cuban guy kept blocking me the whole time.

Here's the video.

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Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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