Mo Farah
British long-distance runner
Mo Farah
Mohammed "Mo" Farah is a Somali-born British international track and field athlete, and current 5000 m world champion. On the track, he generally competes over 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, but also runs the 3000 metres and occasionally the 1500 metres. He has expressed a desire to move up to the marathon after the 2012 Olympics.
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U.S. Business Leaders Rise Up Against Trump's Immigrant Ban
Huffington Post - 26 days
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'Daddy may not be able to come home:' Runner Mo Farah reacts to Trump's ban - Washington Post
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Washington Post 'Daddy may not be able to come home:' Runner Mo Farah reacts to Trump's ban Washington Post Mo Farah, a runner who was knighted after becoming the most successful track athlete in Britain's Olympic history, condemned the executive order banning people from certain Muslim countries, saying that “President Donald Trump seems to have made me ... Somalia-born Olympic Champion Mo Farah Troubled by Trump's Travel Olympic gold medalist: Trump's immigration ban a policy of 'hate'The Hill (blog) Olympic Runner Mo Farah Unsure How Trump Order May Affect His Return to USABC News -CBS News -Business Insider -New York Daily News all 101 news articles »
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Olympic athletes honoured in Queen's New Year List - about 2 months
Olympic athlete Mo Farah, tennis star Andy Murray, Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of "American Vogue", have all been honoured in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List. Yasmine Estaphanos reports.
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Olympic athletes honoured in Queen's New Year List - about 2 months
Olympic athlete Mo Farah, tennis star Andy Murray, Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of "American Vogue", have all been honoured in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List. Yasmine Estaphanos reports.
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Arise 'Sir Andy', 'Sir Mo' as Murray and Farah knighted
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Olympic athlete Mo Farah, tennis star Andy Murray, actor Mark Rylance, comedian Ken Dodd and Kinks musician Ray Davies have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List.
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What I think about when I think about running: a homage to Haruki Murakami
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"What I talk about when I talk about running" is Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's memoir of sorts. It is an account of the doubts and insecurities that plagued him when he started out as a novelist and a runner. He attributes his success as a writer to the influence of his passion for running; and connects the disciplines of running and writing beautifully. In my own far less beautiful way, I try to extend his metaphor to consider the connections (somewhat tenuously) between running and the everyday work that I do with education systems. . Set a long-term vision, but the micro-milestones matter too. Runners often set long-term goals. Signing up for races is a great way to stay focused. But the micro-milestones matter too. I geekily set myself mini challenges mid-run: can I reach that tree before the next car passes me, before this song ends? This is my (occasionally obsessive) play on fartlek - speed games. The idea is to stretch and motivate yourself in an unstructured way. The ...
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WADA says electronic database is safe despite cyber attack
Yahoo News - 5 months
Despite the hack of personal medical information from some of the world's leading athletes, the World Anti-Doping Agency says its overall electronic database is safe. The system, known under the acronym ADAMS, was targeted by a group of hackers known as Fancy Bears, who recently released documents listing confidential medical records for athletes including Venus Williams, three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Olympic gold medalists Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah. WADA said it believes the cyber attack was made possible by email phishing.
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TUEs - licences for doping or essential medical practice?
Yahoo News - 5 months
Leaked records from a raft of sports stars have highlighted the use by many household names of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE), blasted by hackers as licences for doping but hailed by athletes as essential medical care. Between September 13 and Monday, a hacking collective known as the Fancy Bears, thought to be operating from Russia, has released four reports listing confidential medical records for 66 athletes. American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, four gold medal-winning Rio Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and British teammates and Rio gold medallists Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah, as well as Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal, are among those whose details have been made public.
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Nadal, Farah defend medical records after new hack
Yahoo News - 5 months
Rafael Nadal and British Olympic great Mo Farah said they have nothing to hide after their medical records were the latest to be leaked by a cyber-hacking group on Monday. Spanish tennis ace Nadal and four-time Olympic champion distance runner Farah were shown to have used TUEs in the past to gain permission to take substances that figure on WADA's banned list. "When you ask permission to take something for therapeutic reasons and they give it to you, you're not taking anything prohibited," Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam winner, told Spanish media.
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Cyber hackers publish medical data for Farah, Nadal and Rose
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By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic champions Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose were among athletes targeted on Monday in the latest leak of confidential medical documents that the world anti-doping agency (WADA) says were hacked by a Russian cyber espionage group. Britain's Farah became only the second man to retain the 5,000 and 10,000 meters Olympic titles at the Rio de Janeiro Games last month while compatriot Rose won the first gold medal in golf for 112 years. Spaniard Nadal, a 14-times tennis grand slam winner, won Olympic men's doubles gold with Marc Lopez.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mo Farah
  • 2016
    Age 32
    In September 2016, he won the Great North Run for a record third consecutive year.
    More Details Hide Details 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 runs distance races tactically, but also maintains a fast yet tactical pace and has a quick sprint finish. Farah is noted for his unique victory celebration dance known as the "Mobot". He adopted the move following a television appearance in May 2012 opposite sports presenter Clare Balding, on the panel game show A League of Their Own. The host James Corden suggested to the panelists that they should think of a new dance to mark Farah's winning celebration, and Balding subsequently came up with the "M" gesture called "Mobot". While demonstrating it for the first time, she indicated that the part of the move intended to represent the "M" in "Mo" was inspired by the dance to "Y.M.C.A.", a popular song by the Village People. Corden himself then named it as the "Mobot". A robot was named "Mobot" at a university research exhibition, in honour of Farah's celebration. Farah has since used the pose as part of a charity to raise funds for his foundation. Virgin Media has promised to donate £2 for every YouTube video that is uploaded with someone doing the mobot.
    On 5 June 2016, Farah broke the 34-year old British 3000 meter record set by Moorcroft, which was set before he was born.
    More Details Hide Details On 13 August, Farah won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres at the Rio Olympics. After being accidentally clipped on the back of the heel by American training partner Galen Rupp on the 10th lap he fell, but went on to win gold with the time of 27:05.17. Rupp slowed after Farah's fall to check his condition and finished in 5th place with a time of 27:08.92. In the final lap Farah battled Paul Tanui, who took the lead with 300 metres remaining. Farah edged him out with 100 metres to go. Tanui finished in second place with a time of 27:05.64. On 20 August, Farah went on to double his gold in the 5,000 metres at the Rio Olympics. Coming into the 31st Olympiad, Farah's eyes were set on doubling his gold in the 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres from the London Olympics. Farah held off the lead he had set and finished with a time of 13.03.30.
    On 26 March, Farah finished a close third in the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, finishing in 59:59, behind two Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor (59:10) and Bedan Karoki (59:36), barely beating out Abayneh Ayele in a sprint for third in 59:59.
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  • 2015
    Age 31
    On 6 June 2015 Farah held a press conference in which he expressed his anger that his name was "being dragged through mud".
    More Details Hide Details He withdrew from a 1500 metres event at the Birmingham Diamond League race on 7 June, describing himself as "emotionally and physically drained". Farah said he had been told by Salazar he was not involved in Mary Slaney's career at the time she tested positive for testosterone but this version of Salazar's history has been challenged. Farah is the first person to win the full jackpot on ITV's game show The Cube, presented by Philip Schofield. All information from Association of Road Racing Statisticians. + intermediate split in longer racea = aided road course according to IAAF rule 260.28
    In June 2015, in a BBC Panorama documentary, it was alleged that Farah's coach Alberto Salazar was guilty of doping offences at the Nike Oregon Project.
    More Details Hide Details The programme did not accuse Farah of any wrongdoing.
    In summer 2015, Farah provided a public blood test in an effort to dispel concerns following various events including pictures posted by Hamza Driouch, who is banned from competing for doping violations, to Facebook which showed him training with Farah.
    More Details Hide Details Farah was seen running directly in front of Driouch during a training session. Management for Mo Farah suggested, however, that the training session was merely Farah employing local athletes to pace him and that he does not have any control over who joins in the training session. Hamza Driouch has been officially banned from attending training sessions in any capacity for two years from 31 December 2014.
    In 2015, Farah and Nell had a son called Hussein.
    More Details Hide Details Farah is a devout Muslim, and is an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards. Islam is an important part of his preparation: "I normally pray before a race, I read dua prayers or invocations, think about how hard I've worked and just go for it." He notes that "the Qur'an says that you must work hard in whatever you do, so I work hard in training and that's got a lot to do with being successful. It doesn't just come overnight, you've got to train for it and believe in yourself; that's the most important thing." An RISSC publication named Mo Farah as among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2013.
    He repeated his long-distance gold medal double at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details His seven global titles are four more than any other British athlete (Daley Thompson, Jonathan Edwards, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Christine Ohurougu have three each). In winning the 10,000 m he became the oldest ever global winner at the event at age 32.
    On 22 March 2015, Farah broke the European record for half marathon in Lisbon.
    More Details Hide Details He ran a time of 59 minutes, 32 seconds, 20 seconds, surpassing the record set 14 years previously by Spain's Fabián Roncero.
    On 21 February 2015, Farah broke the indoor two-mile world record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details He ran an 8:03.4 to break Kenenisa Bekele's record.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    On 7 September 2014, Farah competed in the Great North Run, a British half marathon.
    More Details Hide Details He won the race with a personal best time of 1:00:00, exactly 1 hour.
    Farah later appeared in Zürich at the 2014 European Athletics Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He successfully defended his 5000 m title and won a gold in the 10,000 m, thus completing another major championship double. This made him the most successful individual in the history of the European Athletics Championships, with five titles to his name.
    Farah was due to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details However, he withdrew due to illness from a stomach ailment and an infection caused from having a tooth removed.
    Farah began 2014 preparing for the year's London Marathon, his first such run.
    More Details Hide Details He described running the event as a longstanding ambition of his, particularly to do so in London. Farah finished in eighth place in a time of 2:08.21. This was outside Steve Jones' GB record, but set a new English national record.
  • 2013
    Age 29
    Farah was a finalist for the 2013 IAAF World Athlete of the year award.
    More Details Hide Details In preparation for his marathon debut, he also extended his training schedule to 120 miles a week.
    In December 2013, Farah was the second favourite sportsperson behind Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray to become the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Asked what drives him to keep pushing back the boundaries of athletic accomplishment, he noted sprinter Usain Bolt's record breaking streak as a motivating example of what's possible for all dedicated athletes.
    However, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg cited Farah's Olympic double gold win in his 2013 New Year's message and 2012 Autumn conference, and David Cameron on August 2013 expressed support for a knighthood for Mo Farah.
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    On 16 August 2013, Farah won the 5,000 m event, in the process becoming double world and Olympic champion.
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    On 10 August 2013, Farah held off a run by Ibrahim Jeilan to win the 10,000 m event at the World Championships in Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details The victory was his fourth global title.
    On 19 July 2013, at the Herculis meeting in Monaco, Farah broke the European 1500 m record with a time of 3:28.81.
    More Details Hide Details The feat rendered him the sixth fastest man ever over the distance, overtaking Steve Cram's 28-year-old British record and Fermín Cacho's 16-year-old European record. It also made Farah the seventh man, behind Saïd Aouita, Daniel Komen, Ali Saïdi-Sief, Hicham El Guerrouj, Augustine Kiprono Choge and Bernard Lagat to break both the 3:30 barrier in the 1500 metres and the 13-minute barrier in the 5000 metres. More remarkably, it made Farah the only athlete in history to run sub 3:30, sub 13-minute and sub 27-minute for 1500 metres, 5000 metres and 10,000 metres respectively. Additionally he has a sub 1 hour run in the half-marathon. The following month, Farah won the London Diamond League Anniversary Games' 3000 metres event in a time of seven minutes and 36.85 seconds. He twice broke the national record in the half-marathon, first on 24 February in New Orleans, then broke his own record on 15 September in the Bupa Great North run.
    Farah also completed the double at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details He was the second man in history to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to do the quadruple-double. Born in Somalia, Farah moved to the UK as a child. He was originally based in London and ran for Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club, training at St Mary's University College, Twickenham from 2001 to 2011. He has trained with Alberto Salazar in Portland, Oregon since 2011. Farah runs distance races tactically, but also can maintain a fast pace and has a quick sprint finish. Farah is the European record holder for the 1500 m, 10,000 m, half marathon and two miles, the British record holder for the 5000 m, the European indoor record holder for 5000 m, the British indoor record in the 3000 m and the current indoor world record holder for the two miles.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    In 2012–2013, Farah intimated that he had been stopped a number of times by U.S. Customs officials under suspicion of being a terrorist, which he attributed to confusion between his full name "Mohamed" and a computerized check-in process.
    More Details Hide Details On one occasion after the 2012 Olympics, he asserted that he had attempted to prove his identity by showing his Olympic gold medals to customs officials, but that this was not accepted.
    Along with other high-profile athletes, Farah later took part in the 2012 Olympic hunger summit at 10 Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron, part of a series of international efforts which have sought to respond to the return of hunger as a high-profile global issue.
    More Details Hide Details Olympic memorabilia featuring and signed by Farah has also been auctioned off to raise funds for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). In 2013, he likewise joined legislators and activists in a campaign urging Barclays Bank to repeal its decision to withdraw from the UK remittance market. Farah often used the money transfer operators to send remittances to family, and some of the world's largest organizations and charities, including the UN and his own foundation, likewise paid staff and channeled funds through these services. In March 2013, Farah, singer Robbie Williams, and a number of other celebrities also urged Chancellor George Osborne to clamp down on global corporations that avoid paying taxes in poor countries in which they operate. Farah has endorsement deals with a number of companies, including PACE Sports Management, Nike, Lucozade, Quorn, Bupa and Virgin Media. He is expected to earn roughly £10 million in advertising and sponsorships besides making roughly £250,000 – £450,000 during exhibitions, and promoting "Brand Mo" with the management firm Octagen. His work with Nike Inc. includes training at the Nike Oregon Project and marketing of clothing and shoes. In order to better preserve his earnings after taxes, Farah also applied in 2013 to have his main place of residence changed to Portland, where he spends most of the year training.
    Following his 2012 successes, Farah was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
    More Details Hide Details The move was met with anger by many in the general public, including erstwhile Minister of Sports Gerry Sutcliffe, who felt that Farah instead deserved a higher accolade. Farah's former physical education teacher Alan Watkinson similarly indicated that he was disappointed that Farah was not knighted and that the decision "discredits the system although it's still a fantastic achievement for Mo and well deserved."
    On 23 August 2012, Farah returned to the track at a Diamond League meet in Birmingham, where he capped off a winning season with another victory over a distance of two miles.
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    On 11 August 2012, Farah made it a long-distance double, winning the 5000 metres in a time of 13:41.66.
    More Details Hide Details The noise from the crowd in the 5,000 m race was so loud it made the camera shake and distorted the photo-finish image. He dedicated the two golds to his twin daughters.
    At the London 2012 Olympics, on 4 August, Farah won the 10,000 m gold in a time of 27:30.42.
    More Details Hide Details This was Great Britain's first Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 m, and came after two other gold medals for the country in the same athletics session. His training partner, Galen Rupp of the United States, took second place. Both runners are coached by Alberto Salazar. Farah stated that he would observe his Ramadan fast later in the year.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    In the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, Farah made a major breakthrough on the world stage by taking the silver medal in the 10,000 m and then the gold in the 5000 m.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first British man to win a World Championships medal over either distance. Farah had in fact been more strongly favored to take the 10,000 m title, but was narrowly beaten in a last lap sprint by Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan. In the 5000 m, he overcame Lagat, beating him into second place. Following the race, Dave Moorcroft, former 5000 metres world record holder, hailed Farah as "the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen".
    On 22 July 2011, at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco, he set a new British national record in the 5000 m with a time of 12:53.11.
    More Details Hide Details Farah edged out American Bernard Lagat to win the race.
    On 3 June 2011, at a Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, Farah won the Prefontaine Classic's 10,000 m event in 26:46.57, setting a new British and European record.
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    On 5 March 2011, he won gold in the 3000 metres at the European Indoor Championships.
    More Details Hide Details On 20 March, Farah also won the NYC Half Marathon in a time of 1:00:23, a new British record. He and training partner Galen Rupp had originally planned on running a 10,000 m race in New Zealand. However, after the race was cancelled due to the Christchurch earthquake and damage done to the track, they entered the half-marathon in New York.
    On 19 February 2011 in Birmingham, England, Farah broke the European 5000 m indoor record with a time of 13:10.60, at the same time taking ten seconds off the 29-year-old British indoor record of Nick Rose.
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    In February 2011, Farah announced that he would be relocating to Portland, Oregon to work with new coach Alberto Salazar, train alongside Galen Rupp, and escape the British tabloids.
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    2011 was a successful year for Farah, beginning on 8 January at the Edinburgh Cross Country, where he defeated the top four finishers of that year's European Championships to take victory in the long race.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    In December 2010, Farah was named track-and-field athlete of the year by the British Olympic Association.
    More Details Hide Details He closed the year at the BO classic and just missed out on the 10,000 m title, losing to Imane Merga in a sprint finish by .2 seconds.
    On 19 August 2010, at a Diamond League meeting in Zürich, Farah ran 5000 m in 12:57.94, breaking David Moorcroft's long-standing British record and becoming the first ever British athlete to run under 13 minutes.
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    After training in Africa, he returned to Europe for the 2010 European Athletics Championships.
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    Farah won the 2010 London 10,000 in late May in a time of 27:44, in the process beating 10K world record holder Micah Kogo.
    More Details Hide Details His success continued the following week at the European Cup 10,000 m. There, he improved his track best by nearly 16 seconds, finishing in a time of 27:28.86. Farah won by a margin of over forty seconds ahead of second placed Abdellatif Meftah.
    In April 2010, Farah married his longtime girlfriend Tania Nell in Richmond, London.
    More Details Hide Details Other athletes at the wedding included Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Hayley Yelling, Jo Pavey, Mustafa Mohamed and Scott Overall, who was an usher. Farah has a stepdaughter named Rihanna from this relationship. He and his wife have twin daughters called Aisha and Amani, born in August 2012.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    Farah was one of the favourites to upset Serhiy Lebid's dominance at the 2009 European Cross Country Championships.
    More Details Hide Details However, Lebid was never in contention as Farah and Alemayehu Bezabeh were some distance ahead throughout the run. Farah was overtaken by Bezabeh in the latter stages of the race, leaving the Briton with a second consecutive silver medal at the competition. He did not manage to attend the medal ceremony, however, as he collapsed immediately after the race and needed medical attention. After a close third place behind Edwin Soi at the BOclassic, Farah competed in the short course race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country. He was the favourite to win and surged ahead to build a comfortable lead. However, he appeared tired in the latter stages and finished third behind British runners Ricky Stevenson and Steve Vernon. Farah again required post-race medical attention and subsequent tests revealed he had low levels of iron and magnesium. He was prescribed supplements for the condition and his high altitude training plans in Kenya were unaffected.
    Farah competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics: he was in the leading pack early on in the 5000 metres race and eventually finished seventh – the best by a European runner.
    More Details Hide Details After the championships, he scored a victory in his first road competition over 10 miles, winning the Great South Run in 46:25 to become the third fastest Briton in spite of strong winds.
    In March 2009 he took gold in the 3000 m at the European Indoor Championships in Turin, recording a time of 7 minutes 40.17.
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    In January 2009, Farah set a new British indoor record in the 3000 metres, breaking John Mayock's record with a time of 7 minutes 40.99 seconds in Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks later, he broke his own record by more than six seconds with a time of 7 minutes 34.47 at the UK Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, a performance which commentator Steve Cram called "the best performance by a male British distance runner for a generation". Farah attributed his good form to a spell of winter training at altitude in Ethiopia and Kenya.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    Farah became only the second man in history to win a long-distance titles at successive editions of the Olympics and World Championships, after Kenenisa Bekele's 2008–09 feat.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first British athlete to win two individual gold medals at a World Championships.
    However, he was knocked out before the 5000 m final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
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    In May 2008, Farah ran 10,000 m events, claiming the fastest UK men's time for almost eight years.
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  • 2007
    Age 23
    Farah represented the UK at 5000 m in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
    More Details Hide Details Farah finished sixth in a time of 13:47.54.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    In December 2006, Farah won the 2006 European Cross Country Championships in San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy.
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    In July 2006, Farah clocked a time of 13 minutes 9.40 seconds for 5000 m to become Britain's second-fastest runner after Dave Moorcroft.
    More Details Hide Details A month later Farah collected the silver medal in the European Championship 5000m in Gothenburg. Coaches Alan Storey and Mark Rowland made sure that Farah remained competitive and a few words from Paula Radcliffe before the 5000 m final inspired Farah. He has stated that: "She said to me, 'Go out and be brave. Just believe in yourself'."
  • 2005
    Age 21
    In 2005, Farah moved in with Australian Craig Mottram and a group of Kenyan runners that included 10,000 m world number one Micah Kogo. "They sleep, eat, train and rest, that's all they do but as an athlete you have to do all those things.
    More Details Hide Details Running with Craig made me feel more positive," Farah said. "If I ever want to be as good as these athletes I've got to work harder. I don't just want to be British number one, I want to be up there with the best."
  • 2001
    Age 17
    Farah's first major title was at 5000 metres at the European Athletics Junior Championship in 2001, the same year that he began training at St Mary's University College, Twickenham.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Farah became one of the first two athletes in the newly formed Endurance Performance Centre at St Mary’s. He lived and trained at the College, and took some modules in an access course before becoming a full-time athlete as his career progressed.
  • 1996
    Age 12
    Farah represented Hounslow at cross-country in the London Youth Games. In 1996, at the age of 13, he entered the English schools cross-country and finished ninth.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he won the first of five English school titles. Recognizing his talent, athletics philanthropist Eddie Kulukundis paid the legal fees to complete Farah's naturalisation as a British citizen, allowing Farah to travel to competitions without visa issues.
  • 1990
    Age 6
    He then went on to win the 5000 m from Jesus España, becoming only the fifth man in the 66-year history of the European Championships to achieve the 5000 m/10,000 m double, and the first for 20 years, following in the footsteps of the Czech Emil Zátopek in 1950, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak of Poland in 1958, Finland’s Juha Vaatainen in 1971 and Salvatore Antibo, of Italy, in 1990.
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  • 1983
    Farah was born on 23 March 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia.
    More Details Hide Details His full name is Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah. He spent the early years of his childhood in Djibouti with his twin brother. 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 was born in London, England and grew up in Hounslow. Mohamed's parents had met during a holiday. Farah attended Isleworth and Syon School, and Feltham Community College. His athletic talent was first identified by physical education teacher Alan Watkinson. Farah's ambition was to become a car mechanic or play as a right winger for Arsenal football club. He later joined the Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club in west London.
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