Mo Farah

Mohamed Farah is British Somali track and field athlete was born on 23th March 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia. He spent the majority of his childhood in Djibouti, Somalia. He came to England with his mother and two younger brothers at the age of 8 years old to meet his father in 1993. At that time he was unable to speak English. His father was an English IT consultant and grew up in London and his mother was a Somali.

His father went on holiday to Somalia there his parents met. Farah attended Feltham Community College in London. Alan Watkinson a physical education of Isleworth and Syon School discovered the Farah’s athletic potential. Farah loved to play soccer but watching his speed on the field Watkinson urged him to focus on athletic.

He wanted to be a right winger for Arsenal so Watkinson allowed him to play soccer for 30 minutes before his training sessions. Farah married his longtime girlfriend Tania Nell in Richmond, London in April 2010.

Farah ran the English schools cross country and finished ninth in 1996 at the age of 13. The next year he won the first of five English school titles. His first major title was 5000m race at the 2001 European Athletics Junior Championship.

He began training at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. He started living and training at the College because he was one of the athletes in the newly formed Endurance Performance Centre at St Mary’s. 

Farah won gold at the 2006 San Giorgio su Legnano in European Cross Country Championships. In European Indoor Championships he won gold at 2009 Torino and 2011 Paris in 3000m race. In European Championships he won gold at 2010 Barcelona in 5000m and 10000m race and at 2012 Helsinki in 5000m race. He won gold at 2011 Daegu World Championships in 5000m race. 

Farah won gold at 2012 London Olympic Games in 10000m race. This the first time ever a British athlete won gold in this event.

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