Mo Farah

Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah is a British distance runner and the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres, and the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000- and 10,000-metre titles at successive Olympic Games. He also completed the ‘distance double’ at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He was the second man in history, after Kenenisa Bekele, to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to defend both distance titles in both major global competitions.

Mo is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, with ten global titles. His five Gold medals at the European Athletics Championships make him the most successful athlete in individual events in the championship’s history. Moreover, he is the only athlete in history to run sub 3:30, sub 13 and sub 27 minutes for the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 metres respectively. Additionally, he has achieved a sub 1-hour run in the half-marathon.

Mo often marks victories with a celebration dance known as the ‘Mobot’. He adopted the move following a TV appearance opposite sports presenter Clare Balding, who came up with the ‘M’ gesture. In addition, a robot was named ‘Mobot’ at a university research exhibition in honour of Mo’s celebration. Mo has since used the pose to raise funds for his foundation.

In April 2010, Farah married Tania Nell. Mo and his wife have three daughters, Rihanna and twins Aisha and Amani, as well as a son called Hussein.

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