Mo Farah

Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah CBE OLY (Somali: Maxamed Mukhtaar Jaamac Faarax, Arabic: محمد فرح) (born 23 March 1983) is a Somali-born British long-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 m and 10,000 m. Farah is the second athlete, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000 m and 10,000 m 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, 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 – a feat described as the 'quadruple-double'.[8][9] Since finishing 2nd in the 10,000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Farah had an unbroken streak of ten global final wins (the 5000m in 2011, the 10,000m in 2017 and the double in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016). The streak ended in Farah's final championship track race, when he finished second to Ethiopia's Muktar Edris in the 2017 5000 metres final. In his final track race, the 2017 Diamond League Final in Zurich in August 2017, Farah gained his revenge, edging out world champion Edris to win his only IAAF Diamond League title at 5000 metres.

Mohamed Farah
Farah in 2015
Personal information
Birth nameMohamed Muktar Jama Farah
Nationality United Kingdom
Born (1983-03-23) 23 March 1983 (age 38)[1]
Mogadishu, Somalia
MonumentsGold Postboxes Isleworth, London; Teddington, London
Madame Tussauds London wax sculpture in Marylebone
Years active1996–present
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)[3]
Spouse(s)Tania Nell (m. 2010)
Country Great Britain
SportAthletics/Track, Long-distance running
Event(s)10,000 metres, 5000 metres, 1500 metres, Half marathon, Marathon
University teamSt Mary's University College Twickenham London
ClubNewham and Essex Beagles, London
Coached byCharles Van Commenee[4]
Alan Storey[5]
Alan Watkinson[6]
Ian Stewart (formerly) Alberto Salazar
Achievements and titles
World finals2007 Osaka
5000 m, 6th
2009 Berlin
5000 m, 7th
2011 Daegu
10,000 m,  Silver
5000 m,  Gold
2013 Moscow
10,000 m,  Gold
5000 m,  Gold
2015 Beijing
10,000 m,  Gold
5000 m,  Gold
2017 London
10,000 m,  Gold
5000 m,  Silver
Olympic finals2008 Beijing
5000 m, 17th (h)
2012 London
10,000 m,  Gold
5000 m,  Gold
2016 Rio de Janeiro
10,000 m,  Gold
5000 m,  Gold
Personal best(s)

On the track, he mostly competed over 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, but has run competitively from 1500 metres to the marathon. In 2017, he indicated his intention to switch wholly to road racing following victory at his final track race, the 2017 IAAF Diamond League 5000 metres final. His running style has been described as bouncy and tactical,[10][11] which he has attempted to alter for a more efficient and energy-saving stride pattern, especially in the longer distances.[12] Farah runs distance races tactically, a style which is aided by his quick sprint finish.[13]

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, to a family from Gabiley, Somaliland, Farah moved to London and ran for Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club, training at St Mary's University College, Twickenham from 2001 to 2011. Farah is the European record holder for the 10,000 m, half marathon, marathon, and two miles, the British record holder for the 5000 m, the British indoor record holder for the 3000 m and the current world record holder for the one hour run and indoor world record holder for the two miles.

Farah is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, with ten global titles. He was the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world championships. His five gold medals at the European Athletics Championships make him the most successful athlete in individual events in the championships' history. He has won the European Athlete of the Year award and the British Athletics Writers Association British Athlete of the Year award more than any other athlete, three times and six times respectively. In 2017, Farah won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[14] Farah was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to athletics.[15] He won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a time of 2:05:11, a European record.[16]