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Mo Farah

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National Treasure - British Athlete

Double World and Double Olympic Champion

Over one million Twitter followers

Mo Farah CBE treated Britain to a great finale on ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Olympic Games, taking gold in the 10,000m. A few days later he followed up with another gold medal in the 5,000m to take the historic ‘double’, becoming the first athlete EVER to do this on home soil.

Somali born Mo, moved to London with his family when he was just 8 years old. He began running at school when his natural ability was spotted by his PE Teacher, which led to a very successful junior career, winning the European Junior 5000m title in 2001.

Mo’s major breakthrough on the senior stage came in 2006 when he won a silver medal in the 5000m at the European Championships and later in the year when he won the European Cross Country Championships. In July 2010, Mo became Britain’s first-ever men’s European gold medal winner at 10,000m, which he followed up by winning gold in the 5000m. At the 2011 World Championships, he won silver at 10,000m and gold in the 5000m.

Coached by Alberto Salazar, Mo trained in Portland, Oregon, in the lead up to London 2012, the biggest event so far in Mo’s career. It was on the 4th August 2012, when Mo created history at the Olympic Games, winning 10,000m gold in 27:30.42. This was Great Britain’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 10,000m. A week later, Mo completed the hardest track double of them all, winning the 5,000m in a time of 13:41.66.

Loved by fans all over the world who have enjoyed his now iconic ‘Mobot’ pose, Mo’s popularity reaches far and wide; he even became the first person to beat ITV’s “The Cube”. The prize money from The Cube was donated to the Mo Farah Foundation, which was set up by Mo and his wife Tania, to help save lives and support people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa region.

Our Comment

"Mo’s double triumph in the London 2012 was one of the great sensations of the Games. He was voted European athlete of the year in 2011 and is involved in various philanthropic initiatives, launching the Mo Farah Foundation after a trip to Somalia in 2011."

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