Mohamed Farah CBE
Mohamed “Mo” Farah CBE is a Somali-born English international track and field athlete in the long distance and middle-distance. He is the current 10,000 metres Olympic and World champion and 5000 metres Olympic, World and European champion. On the track, he generally competes over 5000 m and 10,000 m, but also runs the 3000 metres and occasionally the 1500 metres, over which distance Farah is the British and European record holder. He will make his marathon debut in 2014 in London.
Farah holds the European track record for 10,000 m, 1500 m and Two Miles, the British indoor record in the 3000 m, the British track record for 5000 m, the British half-marathon record, and the European indoor record for 5000 m. In July 2010, he won Britain’s first-ever men’s European gold medal at 10,000 m. Farah followed this with a gold in the 5000 m, becoming the 5th male athlete to complete the long-distance double at the championships and the first British man to do so. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, he won silver in the 10,000 m and gold in the 5000 m. He became double Olympic champion at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, taking gold in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres. In 2013, he also won the double at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, taking gold in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres, becoming only the second man in history to win a double victory in both the Olympics and World Championships in the distance events.
In addition, Farah competes in cross-country running, where in December 2006 he became European champion in Italy. He also took gold in the 3000 m in both the 2009 and 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships, in Turin and Paris, respectively.
Farah was originally based in London and ran for Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club, training at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham’s sports facilities in Strawberry Hill from 2001 to 2011. In 2011, he relocated some of his training sessions to Portland, Oregon, United States, in order to further his training with coach Alberto Salazar. 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, especially in the longer distances.
Farah has won various accolades for his athletic achievements. In 2011, he was voted European Athlete of the Year, and won the prize again in 2012. Farah was also appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.In 2013 he won the British Athletics Writers Association british athlete of the year award for the fifth time, more than any other athlete in history. His five global titles are two more than any other British athlete.He’s also the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world athletics championships.
Mo Farah Wins 10,000m Gold – London 2012 Olympics