Somali born Sir Mo Farah, CBE, is a multiple Olympic, World, and European Athlete. After retiring from the track in 2017 with multiple gold medals to his name, he has set his focus on road races. Mo was the world’s first athlete to win three long-distance doubles at successive World Championship and Olympic Games.
Mo Farah’s transition to marathon running has so far been successful, with him breaking the British Record at the London Marathon of 2018 and aims to compete for Great Britain as a marathon runner in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After arriving in the UK from Mogadishu, Somalia, at the tender age of eight and speaking very little English, Mo set his sights on becoming an Arsenal football player. His running potential, however, was soon spotted by his PE teacher, Alan Watkinson, who encouraged him to run. A successful junior athlete, Mo won the European Junior 5,000m title in 2001, with 2006 seeing him make a major breakthrough when he won a silver medal in the 5.000m European T&F Championships. This was followed by a win in the European Cross-Country Championships later the same year.
From there, Mo went on to win a 5,000m and 10,000m golden double at the European T&F Championships in 2010, followed a week later with him setting a National Record when he became the first British man to complete the 5,000m in under 13 minut4es. The next year, 2011, saw him become the first British man to win the 5,000m at the World T&F Championship, just a few days after competing in the 10,000m where he won a silver medal.
The 2012 London Olympics saw Mo Farah create history when, in his first race, he won the 10,000m in a record time. This was Britain’s first ever Olympic gold in this particular event. A week later saw him win the 5,000m, making him just one of five people in the history of the Olympics to win the 5,000m/10,000m double, with him being the only athlete to achieve this feat on his own home soil.
Mo Farah did not, however, rest on his laurels, with him successfully defending his 5,000m title and winning the gold in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships of 1014. These wins saw him become the most successful athlete in the history of the European Athletics Championships. Mo went on to repeat his long-distance gold medal double in 2015 while taking part at the World Championships in Beijing. He ended the 2015 season by winning the Great North Run.
Mo secured his title of ‘greatest distance runner of all time’ during the 2016 Rio Olympics, completing the ‘double-double’ by winning the 10,000m and 5,000m distance races at consecutive Olympic Games. The same year saw him knighted for his services to athletics.
Mo was awarded his 10th gold and 2nd silver medal at a major Championship during 2017’s World Championships.
Although Mo has retired from the track and is now focusing on road running, he will always be known as the first athlete to win three long-distance doubles at successive World Championships and Olympic games.
Mo Farah is an Olympic Sport and motivational speaker with a wealth of experience regarding aspects such as self-motivation and reaching for as well as achieving your dreams. His insights into what it takes to reach peak performance and stay there as well as his anecdotes of experiences during his career make him an expert in what it means to become your very best.