Mo Farah is without doubt, one for the finest long-distance runners of his generation and is the current Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m Champion, titles he won in London 2012 and defended in Rio 2016 Farah has also competed in cross-country running where he first became European Champion in 2006 and in 2017 announced his intention to compete as a marathon runner.
Mo Farah has written himself into the history books as one of the greatest distance runners of all time. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Mo came to London as a young child, barely able to speak English. He began running at school where his PE teacher soon realized his potential.
As a young athlete, his first major title came in 2001 as the European Junior 5000m Champion before taking his first medal at senior level, Silver in the 5000m European T&F Championships in 2006. Later in the same year he won the European Cross Country Championships. Other creditable results followed most notably in 2007 and 2009 before becoming the first British man to run under 13 minutes for the 5000m creating a new National record of 12:57.94.
He has gone on to hold World, Olympic and European Championship titles at 5000m and 10,000 metres and is the reigning Olympic Champion at both distances having first taken the titles in London 2012, repeating his success in Rio 2016.
Although he is best known for his 5000m and 10,000m achievements, Mo has also had success at 3,000m and occasionally 1,500m. In 2017 he announced his retirement from the track to focus on marathon running taking his first gold medal in Chicago in 2018. His London marathon attempts to date have seen him finish as high as the top three and he has won the Great North Run an unrivaled six times.
Following his Olympic success in Rio 2016, Mo was awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen. Other accolades are too numerous to list but include BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2017.
With millions of adoring fans, Mo’s popularity is unrivaled with his iconic Mobot pose recognized the world over.
Away from running, Mo is in constant demand for numerous product endorsements and to appear on a wide range of sport and entertainment television programmes. To that end, he was the first person to beat The Cube on the ITV hit show, the prize money from which was donated to the Mo Farah Foundation supporting those suffering from drought in the Horn of Africa.