Mo Farah | CBE
- Olympic Gold Medallist
Mo Farah is a British distance Runner.
The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history.
Sir Mo Farah CBE, is the most successful athlete in British athletics history by winning two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the 10,000m and 5,000m events. He became the first ever athlete to achieve the historic double victory on home ground.
Mo’s major breakthrough on the senior stage came in 2006 when he won a silver medal in the 5000m at the European Championships and later in the year when he won the European Cross Country Championships. In July 2010, Mo became Britain’s first-ever men’s European gold medal winner at 10,000m, which he followed up by winning gold in the 5000m. At the 2011 World Championships, he won silver at 10,000m and gold in the 5000m.
Coached by Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah trained in Portland, Oregon, in the lead up to London 2012, the biggest event so far in Mo’s career. It was on the 4th August 2012, when Mo created history at the Olympic Games, winning 10,000m gold in 27:30.42. This was Great Britain’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 10,000m. A week later, Mo completed the hardest track double of them all, winning the 5,000m in a time of 13:41.66.
Olympic success continued in 2016, when he went on to win double gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. During the year he then won the Great North Run for a record breaking third time.
As a British athlete he has won awards including the European Athlete of the Year and the British Athletics Writers Association, British Athlete of the Year more times than any other athlete.
In 2013 he was appointed CBE and Knight Bachelor in the 2017 New Year Honours.
Mo has become a media sensation thanks to his charming personality and world famous ‘Mobot’ signature move, used every time he stuns crowds with his amazing speed and stamina. A warm and inviting character, Mo is a wonderful Olympic speaker who relates to almost anyone in the audience and helps listeners to be the best they can be.