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Oregon's Devon Allen -- who wants to set a collegiate hurdles record -- tackles football with high expectations, too

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's freshman receiver is about to play for the first time and already has heavy expectations heaped upon him.

EUGENE -- Devon Allen has heard all kinds of bold predictions about what an encore to his surreal spring could entail, and if he's being honest, the mentions of him being a Heisman Trophy candidate make him chuckle just a little bit more than most.

"I don't really pay too much attention because right now it doesn't seem realistic to me," said the Oregon Ducks' redshirt freshman receiver from Phoenix.

No offense to Allen but, considering his exploits during track season, he might not be the best person to judge what is and isn't possible. 

After all, who saw him winning the NCAA outdoor national championships in the 110-meter hurdles as a freshman in June? And running the fastest time by a collegian in 35 years in the process? And then two weeks later lining up against a field of former world and U.S. champions at the U.S championships in Sacramento, and winning again?

"I don't know what to expect," he said this week, "because I haven't done it yet."

Few know what to expect from the 6-foot, 185-pound Allen this fall as he lines up at receiver for the No. 3 Ducks, either, but heavy expectations have been heaped upon him anyway after his out-of-nowhere spring.

His run to dual track national titles offers a certain roadmap for how he could succeed quickly on the gridiron.

Playing two sports in April pulled Allen between three schedules -- football, hurdles and class -- and required precision focus to juggle them. What helped him stayed in his routine. The training room became a second home as a result, and strength coach Jim Radcliffe became a trusted confidant.

What held him back was pared away, such as a few pounds of unnecessary weight. 

The benefits of being detail-oriented have crossed over to fall camp, where Ducks receivers coach Matt Lubick grades on a strict four-part rubric: effort, precise routes, catching ability and toughness.

Precise routes? It would seem Allen should be fine in that regard. He's already tinkering with his hurdles steps to reach his next goal of becoming the first collegian ever to run a sub-13-second 110 meters. His personal best is 13.16.

Is that possible?

"Uh, yeah, that's the goal," he said, adding he'll now take seven steps to reach the first hurdle instead of eight. "That's going to cut maybe a tenth right there ... Technique-wise I can drop two-hundreths per hurdle and that's two tenths over the whole race."

If he can transfer his success from track to field he could be the latest receiver to make his influence felt in his first season. Bralon Addison caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns in 2012; De'Anthony Thomas (while splitting time at running back) caught 46 passes for 605 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011; and Josh Huff went for 19 receptions, 303 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.

Some might consider fighting for playing time with six other capable receivers a step down from the such great heights he achieved on the track.

And slowly but surely during the first three weeks of fall camp, he went from one of the most-interviewed Ducks to just another face walking out of practice. Meanwhile running back Royce Freeman emerged as the newest untested freshman wunderkind drawing rave reviews.

Yet after rising from unknown freshman entering spring drills, to spring game star, to U.S. champion in a span of about three months, Allen says he's happy to cede the spotlight and transfer it to his teammates. For a unit whose goal is to be "one of the best, if not the best, receiving corps in the country," senior Keanon Lowe said this week, it helps to have a receiver among them who actually is the best in the country at something.

"Everyone's telling me the game's a little slower than practice," he said, "so that'll be nice to kind of slow down and get going and have fun."

He's proven, though, that he's liable to get it back in the time it takes for a starting pistol to fire. You just never know what's possible.

-- Andrew Greif | @andrewgreif

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Oregon's 10 Greatest Athletes of All Time

Published Jan 01, 0001

These 10 stand above the rest after six weeks of reader input.

At the end of June, we posed the question to readers: Who is Oregon's greatest athlete of all time? After weeks of debate, discussion and polling, Ashton Eaton rose to the top. The rest of the top 10 is below.

1. Ashton Eaton

2. Steve Prefontaine

3. Terry Baker

4. Danny Ainge

5. Dick Fosbury

6. Mel Renfro

7. Galen Rupp

8. Robin Reed

9. Dale Murphy

10. Bob Lilly

Bios of each athlete

Ashton Eaton

Born in Portland, Ashton Eaton, 26, holds the world record in the decathlon, having scored 9,039 points in June 2012, and in the heptathlon, having scored 6,645 points. The multi-event star is a three-time USA outdoor champion, a 2012 USA Indoor long jump champion, a 2013 World Outdoor gold medalist, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, a two-time World Indoor gold medalist (2012, 2014), and a 2011 World Outdoor silver medalist. Eaton, who attended the University of Oregon, won three NCAA decathlon championships (2008-10), two heptathlon championships (2009-10), and is a three-time Pac-10 champion (2008-2010). 
--Erik C. Anderson

TR.UOcampusscenes 00004.jpgView full sizeThe Steve Prefontaine mural on the outside of Hayward Field in Eugene. 

Steve Prefontaine

Prefontaine was born in Coos Bay and attended Marshfield High starting in 1965. He won cross country state titles as a junior and senior and added state titles in the 1-mile and 2-mile races as a senior. He attended the University of Oregon where he won three NCAA cross country championships and four straight 5,000-meter titles in track. He never lost an NCAA race. He was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters. He set American records in every major distance race, but passed away in 1975 before his second chance at the Olympics in 1976. He is the most iconic American runner of the 1970s, helping spark Nike's position as global brand in the running world.
--Mike Richman

TerryBaker.JPGView full sizeTerry Baker 

Terry Baker
Baker was born in Minnesota before moving to Portland and attending Jefferson High School in late 1950s. He helped Jefferson win the city title in basketball in 1959 and led the baseball team to a state title during the same season. In football, he led Jefferson to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state championships during his junior and senior seasons. He played both basketball and football at Oregon State. Baker won the Heisman Trophy in 1962 and following it up by guiding the Beavers to the Final Four. He was a consensus all-American in 1962 and won  the Maxwell Award as the nation's top football player. The Los Angeles Rams selected him first overall in the 1963 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Rams before spending one season with Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League in 1966. He was elected to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and Oregon State Hall of Fame in 1988.
- Mike Richman

ainge-112509.jpgView full sizeDanny Ainge  

Danny Ainge

Ainge was born in Eugene and was a three-sport star at North Eugene High School. He helped lead the team to back-to-back state basketball championships in 1976 and 1977, earning all-state honors in both seasons. He was a two-time all-state selection as a quarterback at North Eugene. Ainge was also one of top high school baseball players in the country. He was a Parade All-American and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1977 amateur draft. Ainge was the youngest player in Blue Jays franchise history to hit a home run. He played three years of professional baseball before pursuing a career in the NBA. He was the 31st overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft, joining the Boston Celtics with whom he won NBA titles in 1984 and 1986.
- Mike Richman

Dick Fosbury View full sizeDick Fosbury  

Dick Fosbury

Fosbury, who was born in Portland, won the 1968 NCAA high jump championship for Oregon State using what was then a revolutionary technique in which he went over the bar backward — a technique he started using at Medford High School. By the time he won the  gold medal in Mexico City, the technique was known as the "Fosbury Flop." Enthusiastic Mexican fans chanted "Ole" every time Fosbury cleared. Now, virtually all elite high jumpers use the flop. An engineering student at OSU, Fosbury became a civil engineer in Ketchum, Idaho. 
-- Ken Goe

TerryBakerMelRenfro.JPGView full sizeFormer Jefferson quarterback Terry Baker (background) looks on as running back Mel Renfro carries the ball against Roosevelt High School during a 1959 game. 

Mel Renfro
Mel Renfro was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to Portland with his family and attended Jefferson High School.  Renfro excelled in both football and track and field at Jefferson and helped lead the Democrats to two-Class A-1 football state championships.  Jefferson won the 1959 state track and field title with Renfro finishing first in the 180-yard hurdles, the 120-yard hurdles and the broad jump.  Renfro went on to play football and run track at the University of Oregon.  In football he played running back and defensive back and was a two-time All-America selection.  He led the Ducks in rushing for three straight seasons, finishing with 1,540 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.  On the track, Renfro helped the Ducks win their first NCAA team championship as he finished second in the 120-yard high hurdles and third in the long jump.  The Dallas Cowboys selected Renfro with the 17th overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft.  Renfro spent 14 seasons in Dallas and still leads the franchise in interceptions (52).  He was a five-time All-Pro Selection and 10-time Pro Bowl selection.  Renfro was voted Co-MVP of the 1970 Pro Bowl and won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys.  He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of fame in 1983 and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. 
--Jen Beyrle

No. 24: Galen RuppView full sizeGalen Rupp 

Galen Rupp
Rupp, who grew up in Portland, was a standout runner at Central Catholic High School where he graduated in 2004. While at Central Catholic, Rupp won two cross country state championships in 2002 and 2004 and three individual titles in track (1,500 meters in 2003 and 3,000 meters in 2003 and 2004). He set Oregon state records in the 1,500 meters and mile. His mile time of 4:01.8 is the eighth fastest ever run by an American high schooler. Rupp attended the University of Oregon in 2004 where he set junior records in 10,000 and 3,000 meters. He won the 10,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from 2009-10. He earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team where he won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters. In 2014, he set the American record for the 10,000 meters. He also holds the American record for indoor track in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and the 2-mile.
--Mike Richman

S.robinreed.ap.1924View full sizeRobin Reed  

Robin Reed
Reed, who attended Franklin High School in Portland and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State), is widely considered the greatest amateur wrestler in history. He won three AAU national championships while at OAC, and he coached Corvallis High School to a state title while he attended college. Reed won the Olympic gold medal at the 1924 games at 134.5 pounds, and won the Pacific Northwest Olympic Trials at four different weight classes. He won every match at the Olympics by fall, and led the OAC Beavers to the 1926 AAU team championship, the first-ever national title for the now Oregon State Beavers. He known for never losing a wrestling match at any level, despite often wrestling in classes above his actual weight.
--Billy Gates

Oregon Greatest AthleteView full sizeDale Murphy 

Dale Murphy

Born in Portland, Murphy collected 2,111 hits and 398 home runs in his career, which spanned from 1976 to 1993. He spent 14 seasons with Atlanta and was a seven-time MLB All-Star, won back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983, won five Gold Glove awards and four Silver Slugger awards. His No. 3 has been retired by the Atlanta organization. He won the Roberto Clemente Award, which "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team," in 1988. He also played for Philadelphia and Colorado late in his career.
--Billy Gates

1971 Bob Lilly.jpgView full sizeBob Lilly  

Bob Lilly

Bob Lilly was born in Throckmorton, Texas, in 1939 but moved to Pendleton for High School.  Lilly earned All-State honors in both football and basketball his senior year.  He accepted a scholarship to play football at Texas Christian University.  Lilly was named to the All-Southwest Conference team twice and was an All-American selection.  The Dallas Cowboys drafted Lilly with the 13th overall pick in the 1961 NFL Draft.  Lilly played in 196 games for the Cowboys from 1961 to 1974.  He was a seven time first-team All-Pro selection, two-time second-team All-Pro selection and eight-time All-Conference Selection.  Lilly became a Super Bowl champion when the Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in 1972.  He still holds an NFL record for 29-yard sack of Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
--Jen Beyrle

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Final results in the Oregon's Greatest Athlete Bracket Challenge

Published Jan 01, 0001

Reader TMill wins the Oregon's Greatest Athlete Bracket Challenge.

Readers voted Ashton Eaton as Oregon's Greatest Athlete of All Time, and reader TMill won the bracket challenge with 695 points out of a possible 730. Congratulations, TMill. You win two tickets to see the Hillsboro Hops on Saturday, Aug. 30.

More on Eaton:

Ashton Eaton

Born in Portland, Ashton Eaton, 26, holds the world record in the decathlon, having scored 9,039 points in June 2012, and in the heptathlon, having scored 6,645 points. The multi-event star is a three-time USA outdoor champion, a 2012 USA Indoor long jump champion, a 2013 World Outdoor gold medalist, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, a two-time World Indoor gold medalist (2012, 2014), and a 2011 World Outdoor silver medalist. Eaton, who attended the University of Oregon, won three NCAA decathlon championships (2008-10), two heptathlon championships (2009-10), and is a three-time Pac-10 champion (2008-2010).

--Erik C. Anderson

Thanks to everyone who played along. Here are the final results:

OfficePool

Oregon's Greatest Athlete

Standings
(as of Aug 19, 2014, 10:07 PM)

 
Select Report:
Rk Entry Name Score Pick Pct. Champion
1 TMill 695 92.1% Eaton
2 4GOL 660 93.7% Pre
3 Flyinsouth 660 90.5% Eaton
4 DanaD 655 85.7% Eaton
5 Duckypoo 71 645 87.3% Eaton
6 Phil 640 88.9% Eaton
7 sdstang 640 84.1% Eaton
8 fanatic66 635 87.3% Eaton
9 thechadpeck 630 87.3% Eaton
10 Pete 625 79.4% Eaton
11 wolf 620 85.7% Eaton
12 Grizzlyduck 615 87.3% Eaton
13 Mick 615 85.7% Eaton
14 jmillbr 615 84.1% Eaton
15 sirspot 615 82.5% Eaton
16 BSjothun 615 82.5% Eaton
17 TyRye 610 84.1% Eaton
18 Slyfoxx 610 84.1% Eaton
19 RogerA1Duck 605 84.1% Eaton
20 MenOfOregon 605 84.1% Eaton
21 Glenn Lister 600 90.5% Pre
22 stumpspeech 600 85.7% Eaton
23 Kwakattack 595 85.7% Pre
24 MPSmith 590 82.5% Eaton
25 GreenMango44 590 79.4% Eaton
26 6th generation oregonian 585 81.0% Eaton
27 JL 585 79.4% Eaton
28 Tim Beatty 585 79.4% Pre
29 bigboypants 585 79.4% Eaton
30 Jimboduck 575 82.5% Eaton
31 Hyland34 575 79.4% Eaton
32 KSutherland 570 79.4% Pre
33 Big Daddy 570 77.8% Eaton
34 R&G Acres 570 74.6% Eaton
35 Akahank 570 73.0% Eaton
36 1976 Lincoln High Grad 565 85.7% Baker
37 mazajuan 560 82.5% Ainge
38 KingDuck 560 73.0% Eaton
39 chuck harms 555 82.5% Eaton
40 Ted Grimsrud 555 79.4% Eaton
41 MichaelGray 555 77.8% Eaton
42 Ant Man 550 84.1% Ainge
43 Cmak10 550 76.2% Pre
44 Beavsfanad 550 76.2% Eaton
45 donnyboy 545 74.6% Eaton
46 Webfoot1234 540 85.7% Ainge
47 FrankDuck 540 73.0% Pre
48 Stan O. 535 84.1% Ainge
49 misterblack 535 84.1% Baker
50 JimB 535 74.6% Eaton
51 Iron 530 79.4% Ainge
52 sunduck 530 74.6% Pre
53 Cooler 530 73.0% Eaton
54 ejasla 530 73.0% Eaton
55 blitzbeer 525 81.0% Pre
56 Rick Brittain 525 79.4% Baker
57 jamonito 525 76.2% Pre
58 Mark Pinder 525 76.2% Ainge
59 kduds 520 76.2% Pre
60 Sportsdude 515 82.5% Ainge
61 mattmcbeth 515 73.0% Eaton
62 Joshead 510 71.4% Pre
63 JKF 510 71.4% Eaton
64 md 505 81.0% Renfro
65 Conquistador 505 79.4% Ainge
66 IHATELA 505 74.6% Renfro
67 bbroich 505 74.6% Ainge
68 Darryl 505 65.1% Eaton
69 JohnEBeav 500 79.4% Baker
70 MOOSE 500 76.2% Pre
71 Dan White 495 76.2% Pre
72 JustDoIt 495 76.2% Pre
73 Hymee 490 79.4% Baker
74 terrym9 490 76.2% Eaton
75 Delacroix 490 76.2% Eaton
76 Koster 490 71.4% Eaton
77 Schiewe54 485 74.6% Baker
78 RunMan47 485 73.0% Pre
79 DW82 485 73.0% Eaton
80 english10 480 81.0% Reed
81 oscarm 480 77.8% Baker
82 Dan 480 73.0% Eaton
83 reverendandy 480 71.4% Pre
84 Mike D 480 68.3% Pre
85 twatkins 475 74.6% Eaton
86 Jogan777 475 69.8% Eaton
87 Webfooter 470 76.2% Ainge
88 JoFro445 470 66.7% Pre
89 fortuneteller 465 74.6% Renfro
90 DN 465 73.0% Rupp
91 Bob Robinson 465 71.4% Eaton
92 justin30625 465 69.8% Pre
93 steve 465 68.3% Pre
94 S. Anthony 465 66.7% Eaton
95 37cota 465 61.9% Eaton
96 ryanwilldo 460 76.2% Pre
97 GWildcat 460 71.4% Baker
98 dudehead24 460 69.8% Pre
99 jhouston49 460 68.3% Pre
100 Greg J. Wobbe 460 66.7% Eaton
101 blueswan 455 76.2% Ainge
102 Big Lion 455 74.6% Baker
103 ruppfan98 455 74.6% Rupp
104 Craig 455 71.4% Murphy
105 shack64 455 68.3% Pre
106 Del Norte Duck 455 65.1% Eaton
107 1 Webfoot 450 73.0% Pre
108 NA 450 66.7% Eaton
109 pairadux 450 65.1% Pre
110 jorren 445 71.4% Baker
111 RichardD 440 76.2% Baker
112 pac10duck 435 66.7% Pre
113 widgeon 435 61.9% Eaton
114 techmen85 425 69.8% Renfro
115 Nihiladrem 425 65.1% Pre
116 Hankv 420 69.8% Baker
117 Chuckyd 420 69.8% Baker
118 AnneMillbrooke 415 69.8% Ainge
119 Nativeoregonian1969 415 68.3% Pre
120 Michael 405 76.2% O'Brien
121 amf123 405 73.0% Brenner
122 Scott 400 66.7% Ainge
123 rcwilson08 395 76.2% Fosbury
124 LetErBuck 390 66.7% Fosbury
125 Ken Rupp 390 61.9% Eaton
126 M Del 385 73.0% Ainge
127 Mark 385 65.1% Ainge
128 alk3ckwd 385 65.1% Ainge
129 JERODGERS 385 65.1% Sixkiller
130 Tyler Griffin 385 54.0% Pre
131 bob 375 68.3% Green
132 bob 375 68.3% Green
133 Dooglas 375 61.9% Pre
134 Beaverbj 370 68.3% Baker
135 Patohondo 370 61.9% Renfro
136 Vegas Duck 360 63.5% Pre
137 RC 360 57.1% Counts
138 goduckies 360 55.6% Eaton
139 Jymidageek 345 60.3% Baker
140 Jon F 340 66.7% Polamalu
141 N A Flats 340 54.0% Ainge
142 Greg 330 61.9% Fosbury
143 bhowren 325 65.1% Reed
144 Coach Kato 320 49.2% Pre
145 johnsonc20 310 65.1% Scholl.
146 grimtraveller 290 58.7% Reed
147 mike 290 57.1% Fosbury
148 TJ Young 290 50.8% Renfro
149 Nicole Kielsmeier 285 52.4% Fosbury
150 rdm65 285 50.8% Green
151 pistolpete 280 49.2% Love
152 Neighborneil 280 44.4% Baker
153 War of Roses 275 50.8% Fosbury
154 Greg80 270 46.0% Ainge
155 tom m 260 52.4% Renfro
156 Steve P 250 49.2% Green
157 dreamiesmurf 245 55.6% Murphy
158 #Gobeavs 240 47.6% Baker
159 jimbo1 240 46.0% Counts
160 hokieduck 230 50.8% O'Brien
161 sammydave 230 42.9% Baker
162 topdeckman 215 46.0% Love
163 Beaver Greg 215 44.4% Ainge
164 Ray Frone 170 42.9% Green
-- Oregon's Greatest 730 100.0% Eaton

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Ashton Eaton named Oregon's Greatest Athlete of All Time

Published Jan 01, 0001

After six weeks of reader input and thousands of votes, the verdict is in: Ashton Eaton is the greatest of all time.

It started as an office debate, then we posed the question to readers: Who is Oregon's greatest athlete? It grew from there to a top 64 bracket challenge, complete with readers filling out their own versions and following along. We asked, polled and discussed with you. Now the verdict is in:

Ashton Eaton is Oregon's Greatest Athlete of All Time.

I have no doubt this choice will be controversial for some, enthusiastically applauded by others. From the start, Eaton -- the world record holder in the decathlon -- has been touted frequently in comments from readers and he handily defeated all other athletes he faced in polling -- with one exception.

In voting for the Final Four, it appeared as though Terry Baker had defeated Eaton by 14 votes. However, in checking votes in our system, we discovered a number of spam votes that had to be disqualified, which changed the outcome of the poll. I heard from plenty of readers about this, but it was the right thing to do. This contest is far from scientific but we did want to make it as fair as possible (and, no, we did not find evidence of spam voting in any other polls throughout this process).

So, there you have it. Ashton Eaton it is, according to thousands of votes from readers.

How Eaton won:

He defeated Thomas Tyner in the Round of 64, Mel Counts in the Round of 32, Dan O'Brien in the Round of 16Mel Renfro in the Round of 8 and Terry Baker in that controversial Final Four. He faced Oregon legend Steve Prefontaine in the final, winning with 64 percent of the vote.

More on Eaton:

Born in Portland, Ashton Eaton, 26, graduated from Mountain View High School in Bend in 2006 and holds the world record in the decathlon, having scored 9,039 points in June 2012, and in the heptathlon, having scored 6,645 points. The multi-event star is a three-time USA outdoor champion, a 2012 USA Indoor long jump champion, a 2013 World Outdoor gold medalist, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, a two-time World Indoor gold medalist (2012, 2014), and a 2011 World Outdoor silver medalist. Eaton, who attended the University of Oregon, won three NCAA decathlon championships (2008-10), two heptathlon championships (2009-10), and is a three-time Pac-10 champion (2008-2010). 
--Erik C. Anderson

A sampling of reader comments about Eaton:

OreOre: Eaton would beat Prefontaine in 9/10 decathlon events. He's stronger, faster, jumps higher, etc. Olympic champion, world champion, world record holder. Straight up superior athlete.

JEL: Eaton no contest. Pre had promise but died before he achieved it.   Eaton Won a Gold medal AND got the World record in a very difficult event.  

macmorrison: My heart is with Prefontaine, but my mind is with Eaton-Olympic Gold Metal, world record etc. I voted for Eaton based on his overall athleticism, not just running. The decathlon tests multiple skills, not just speed and endurance.

westsider: Some added words about Ashton Eaton

Decathletes peak at age 28-30 as they develop technique and strength, but he won Olympic gold and set the WR at 24 yrs old.

His decathlon long jump at the 2012 Olympic trials would have won the individual event.

He's world class at the 110m and 400m hurdles.

He broke Dan O'Briens 20 yr old indoor heptathlon record (6476) while still in college, and has extended it to over 150 points more.  The person who takes that record from him hasn't been born yet.

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Mo Farah doubles up with 5,000-10,000 meter wins at European Championships

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Briton clinched his 5,000-10,000 meter double at the European Championships on Sunday, giving his troubled season a golden finish that now makes him the double long distance champion at continental, world and Olympic levels, all at the same time.

Mo Farah proved again he is the gold standard when it comes to big competition dominance.

The Briton clinched his 5,000-10,000 meter double at the European Championships on Sunday, giving his troubled season a golden finish that now makes him the double long distance champion at continental, world and Olympic levels, all at the same time.

While Usain Bolt can major in sprint triples, Farah only has two races to excel at — but he does so with equal style.

And with three doubles in the bag, Farah is already looking at a new cycle that starts with the world championships in Beijing next year. And in 2016, he has two Olympic titles to defend.

"Rio is definitely the big one," he said.

First of all, though, he wants a smooth season next year.

Only last month, Farah said he had been airlifted to a hospital with a stomach ailment at his U.S. training camp but was good enough for gold in two races in five days here.

"If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I was so down," Farah said.

After proving his rude health during his 10,000 victory on Wednesday, Farah showed off his running smarts and explosive power in the 5,000, tugging in on the bends and unleashing his unmatched kick for home that has now been unstoppable at big championships since the 2012 London Olympics.

"History is important to me," Farah said. He now is five-for-five in European championship runs going back to 2010.

Bolt was on hand to witness Farah's 10,000 victory and the two embraced in the stands afterward. Farah said their working ethic creates a bond.

"What it is — 'believe in yourself'," Farah said. "And I see him training really hard. If you put the work in, you can achieve," he said.

His gold capped the best-ever European Championships for Britain on a five-gold afternoon. Britain finished with 12 gold medals and 23 in total, just edging France, which had nine gold and 23 overall.

On Sunday, Farah's domination was so overpowering he had time to make his signature Mobot celebration with his hands over his head in the form of the letter "M'' as he crossed the line. He beat Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan by more than 2 seconds.

The only athlete who could have stolen the day from Farah was Dutch double sprint champion Dafne Schippers. But she missed the handover in the 4x100 relay that could have given her three titles. Instead, it was Britain that sped to gold.

Mahiedine Mekhissi also could have had a double but won his first gold on Sunday, outrunning all opposition in the 1,500 meters on Sunday, three days after the Frenchman was disqualified in the steeple chase for stripping off his shirt in celebration before crossing the finish line.

Mekhissi left all opponents standing with 450 meters to go with a devastating kick for home that left him enough time on the finishing straight to wave to the crowds at the Letzigrund stadium. It was all show again, but at least he kept his shirt on.

"I ran with rage," he said. "My reaction was the reaction of a champion."

His burst for home coincided with a crash in the pack that knocked out some challengers. After Mekhissi coasted home, Norway's Henrik Ingebrigtsen took silver and Chris O'Hare of Britain bronze.

The ease with which he won the steeple chase on Thursday was just as impressive, but Mekhissi stripped to his bare chest, took the last hurdle with his shirt between his teeth and was later disqualified for the dress code violation.

Mekhissi said he had almost skipped the 1,500 after Thursday's shock disqualification but took part because he still wanted to leave the weeklong event as a champion. In celebration, he held up two fingers — for the two titles he thought he deserved.

"Winning was the best thing I could do after the steeple," he said.

It was better for Britain in the men's relay where 400 champion Martyn Rooney won his second gold by anchoring the 4x400 team home in front of Russia and Poland. And 200 champion Adam Gemili added a second gold by anchoring the British 4x100 relay squad home. Olympics long jump champion Greg Rutherford made it a five-title day for Britain.

Christina Schwanitz won the shot put ahead of Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko and Antje Moelder-Schmidt added a second German gold in the women's steeple chase. Italy's Daniele Meucci won the marathon title ahead of Yared Shegumo of Poland and Aleksey Reunkov of Russia.

Finland's Antti Ruuskanen won the closing javelin competition.

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