The sensational Mo Farah won Britain’s first ever men’s European gold medal at 10,000 metres, took double-gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, across 5000 and 10,000 metres, and is the current 1500 metres British and European record holder.
Mohammed Farrah was born in Somalia and arrived in Britain aged eight, speaking hardly any English. Inspired by his PE teacher, Mo started running at his local athletics club.
His first major title was at 5000 metres at the European Athletics Junior Championship in 2001.
In 2005, he moved in with a group of Kenyan runners in Teddington, and their fierce training schedules and dedication inspired him further; in July 2006, Mo clocked a time of 13 minutes 9.40 seconds for 5000 m to become Britain’s
second-fastest runner after Dave Moorcroft. A month later, he collected the silver medal in the European Championship 5000 m in Gothenburg. He then capped an outstanding breakthrough year by becoming only the second Brit to win the European Cross Country title.
Mo’s ability to perform on the international stage was maintained in 2007. In March he finished an impressive 10th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa and was sixth in the 5000m final at the World Championships.
Mo Farah started 2008 impressively, recording 27:44.54 – the fastest time by a Briton in almost eight years – on his 10,000m debut. He spent much of the winter training among the world’s top Africans in Ethiopia and Kenya. In December he showed the early signs of a return to form by landing the silver medal at the European Cross Country Championships behind multiple champion Sergiy Lebid.
In January 2009, Mo set a new British indoor record in the 3000 metres, breaking John Mayock’s record with a time of 7 minutes 40.99 seconds in Glasgow; a few weeks later, he broke his own record by more than six seconds.
In the 2010 European Athletics Championships, he took the 10,000 metres gold medal and then went on to win the 5000m from Jesus Espana, becoming only the fifth man in the 66-year history of the European Championships to achieve the 5000 m/10,000 m double, and the first for 20 years.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Farah won the 10,000 m gold in a time of 27:30.42. This was Great Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 m and came after two other gold medals for Great Britain in the same athletics session.
What he offers
Mo Farah has endorsement deals with a number of companies, including Nike and Lucozade.
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