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Sir Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah, the renowned British long-distance runner, stands as an exemplary figure in the world of athletics, celebrated for his prowess in the 5,000m and 10,000m events, which have earned him four coveted Olympic gold medals.

Mo Farah's Early Life:

The origins of Mo Farah's life carry a unique blend of adversity and transformation. Born Hussein Abdi Kahin in Somaliland, his early years were marked by tumultuous events. Tragically, his British citizen father, (who had never actually set foot in England), met an untimely demise when Mo was a mere four years old. This circumstance led Mo on a path to Djibouti, where he found himself under the care of his uncle.

However, a remarkable turn of events saw Mo's life undergo a dramatic shift. He was airlifted to England by an enigmatic woman who asserted the existence of familial ties in the country. In this swift transition, "Hussein" transformed into the iconic "Mo Farah."

Formal education did not commence for Mo until the age of 12. When he eventually entered the academic sphere, he became close to and confided in his sports teacher, Alan Wilkinson, revealing a living situation that mirrored the trials of a modern-day Cinderella, wherein Mo had lived a life akin to servitude.

Alan took action, informing authorities and Mo was found a new home with a Somali family, forging an enduring bond with Alan Wilkinson thereafter. While Mo initially harbored aspirations of becoming a professional footballer, Alan's influence proved persuasive, guiding Mo towards the world of running, with training sessions extending beyond the confines of school hours. Alan would frequently taxi Mo from home to the track in his own time, such was his commitment to his young prodigy.

Mo's initiation into competitive running came in the form of a ninth-place finish in the school cross-country championships in 1996. Yet, this was merely a prologue to his remarkable journey. The subsequent year witnessed a triumphant return, with Mo securing the gold medal. His ascent continued, capturing an astounding four more school titles.

Mo's trajectory was marked by a series of victories at the national and international levels, buoyed by influential supporters, including the esteemed Paula Radcliffe. In 2011, he embarked on a new chapter, relocating to the United States.

Mo Does America:

Upon his arrival in the United States in 2011, Mo Farah's career embarked on an unparalleled winning streak. Commencing with the acquisition of the 5,000-meter title at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), his accomplishments resonated across continents.

The following chapter of his illustrious career unfolded during the London Olympics, where Mo Farah dazzled the world by clinching not one but two gold medals. His performance was nothing short of extraordinary, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of sporting history and affirming his status as a global athletics icon.

Let's delve into
Mo Farah's Achievements

With a remarkable career spanning decades, Mo has amassed an impressive array of achievements that have solidified his status as one of the greatest long-distance runners in history. From Olympic gold medals to world records, his journey is a testament to dedication, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence

Olympic Games:

Place Discipline Mark Location Date
1 5000 Metres 13:03.30 Rio de Janeiro 20 AUG 2016
1 10,000 Metres 27:05.17 Rio de Janeiro 13 AUG 2016
1 5000 Metres 13:41.66 London 11 AUG 2012
1 10,000 Metres 27:30.42 London 04 AUG 2012

World Championships:

Place Discipline Mark Location Date
1 10,000 Metres 26:49.51 London 04 AUG 2017
1 5000 Metres 13:50.38 Beijing 29 AUG 2015
1 10,000 Metres 27:01.13 Beijing 22 AUG 2015
1 5000 Metres 13:26.98 Moskva 16 AUG 2013
1 10,000 Metres 27:21.71 Moskva 10 AUG 2013
1 5000 Metres 13:23.36 DS, Daegu 04 SEP 2011
2 5000 Metres 13:33.22 London 12 AUG 2017
2 10,000 Metres 27:14.07 DS, Daegu 28 AUG 2011
6 5000 Metres 13:47.54 Osaka 02 SEP 2007
7 5000 Metres 13:19.69 Berlin 23 AUG 2009

The entire list is as long as a Marathon itself and further reading can be found at the World Athletics website.

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Fun Facts

  • Mo Farah has an identical twin brother called Hassan. They were once inseparable and used to eat off the same plate growing up

  • At the Beijing Olympics, Mo was knocked unconscious before the final 5000 metre event (he went on to win)
More Fun Facts

  • Following success at the 2012 London Olympics, Mo invented his now trademark victory pose, “the Mobot”. The pose is now viral with celebrities often seen getting their Mo-on.

  • Mo used an underwater treadmill up to three times a week, often on pretty tough inclines

Image Credits: Brian Minkoff, London Pixels CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


If you'd like to learn more about Sir Mo Farah, we have listed the articles we used during our research: - Mo Farah Biography - Mo Farah records