Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah is a British long-distance runner. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m. Farah completed the ‘distance double’ at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He has won the European Athlete of the Year award more than any other athlete, three times and six times respectively.
About Mo Farah in brief
Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah is a British long-distance runner. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m. Farah completed the ‘distance double’ at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a time of 2: 05: 11, a European record. He has won the European Athlete of the Year award more than any other athlete, three times and six times respectively. 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. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to athletics. His running style has been described as \”bouncy\” and tactical, which he has attempted to alter for a more efficient and energy-saving stride pattern. He runs distance races tactically, a style which is aided by his quick sprint finish. He moved to Britain at the age of eight to join his father, speaking barely a word of English. His grandfather, Jama, was born in the British protectorate of Somaliland. His father, Mukhtar Farah, is an IT consultant and a British citizen, who wasBorn in London and grew up in Hounslow. His athletic talent was first identified by physical education teacher Alan Watkinson. He attended Syon Syon School, Isleworth and Feltham Community College.
He later joined the London Youth Athletics Club. He represented Hounlow Athletics Club at cross-country competitions. At 13, he won the first of five English school titles in cross country. In 1996, he entered the first major English school competition in the 5000 metres. At 15, he became the first British citizen to travel to competitions without a visa to complete his naturalisation as a UK citizen. In 2000, he was the first athlete to win five gold medals at the European Athletics Championships. At the same championships, he is the most successful athlete in individual events in the championships’ history. He also holds the European record holder for the 10,00m, half marathon, marathon, and two miles. His first major title was the 5,000m at the London 2012 Olympics. In 2005, he finished 9th in the English Cross Country Championships. In 2007, he ran the first five English schools titles in the 5,000 metres. In 2008, he competed in the European Cross Country Championship. In 2009, he took part in the London Olympics as a guest athlete. In 2010, he went on to compete in the World Cross-country Championships in the 10,.000m. In 2011, he also won the London Marathon. In 2012, Farah became 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.