Mo Farah, 2012 Olympics
Mo Farah, 2012 Olympics
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Mo Farah, 2012 Olympics

Tom Jenkins


When Mo Farah won the men’s 5,000m on Saturday 11 August at the 2012 Olympics – a week after his first gold in the 10,000m – the noise from the stadium was so loud, the sound waves distorted the photo-finish image. Tom Jenkins wanted to capture this wider context: the significance of a Somalian immigrant being cheered by his country, winning an historic double. So he set up a remote camera beyond the finish line, low down but with a wide angle in order to include the stands, which were still visible in the early evening light. All he had to do then was cross his fingers. Farah’s face says it all. “It was a sensational night,” says Jenkins, “and Mo’s expression never lets you down. But this picture isn’t just about him – it’s about what his win meant.” Words: Hannah Booth


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