About Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah, CBE, is a multiple Olympic, World and European champion – the UK's greatest ever athlete.

In summer 2017, Mo retired from the track with an impeccable record, with 10 gold medals to his name at successive World Championships and Olympic Games. He was the first athlete to win three long-distance doubles at successive World Championship and Olympic Games.

Mo has since set his focus on achieving success in road races, having made the successful transition to marathon running by breaking the British Record at the London Marathon in Spring 2018. He is due to run Chicago marathon this autumn, and is aiming to compete for Great Britain at marathon distance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Mo is a dedicated family man who lives and trains in South West London with his wife Tania and their four children: Rhianna, Aisha, Amani and Hussein. He famously dedicated each of his four Olympic gold medals to his kids.

His achievements are a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia, arriving in London from Mogadishu at the age of 8 and speaking very little English. Mo grew up in West London and began running at school when spotted by his PE Teacher, Alan Watkinson, who saw potential in the young pupil. Alan convinced Mo to focus his efforts on running, despite Mo initially wanting to become an Arsenal football player!

Mo was a very successful junior athlete, winning the European Junior 5,000m title in 2001. His major breakthrough on the senior stage came in 2006 when he won a silver medal in the 5,000m European T&F Championships and later in the year when he won the European Cross Country Championships.

Mo's career took another step forward in 2010 with a 5,000m and 10,000m golden double at the European T&F Championships, and then one week later he became the first British man to run sub 13 minutes for the 5,000m - with a National Record time of 12:57.94. 2011 was a dream season for Mo as he became the first British man to win the 5,000m in the World T&F Championships, a few days after winning the silver medal in the 10,000m. He smashed the European 10,000m Record with a time of 26:46.57 and improved the British 5,000m Record to 12:53.11.

Then came London 2012...On 4th August 2012, Mo created history at the London Olympic Games. In his first race, Mo capped off 'Super Saturday' by winning the 10,000m gold in a time of 27:30.42. This was Great Britain's first ever Olympic gold medal in the 10,000m and came after two other gold medals for Great Britain in the same athletics session.

A week later on 11th August 2012, Mo completed the hardest track double of them all by winning the 5,000m in a time of 13:41.66. He joined an exclusive club of just 5 people (Zatopek, Kuts, Viren, Yifter, Bekele) in the history of the Olympic Games to win the 5k/10k double and Mo is the only athlete in history to do it on home soil. To finish off an amazing 2012, Mo's wife Tania gave birth to twin daughters Aisha and Amani. Mo dedicated both of his Olympic gold medals to the girls.

Since London 2012 Mo has gone from strength to strength. During the 2014 European Athletics Championships, Mo successfully defended his 5,000m title and won gold in the 10,000m - completing another major championship double. This achievement made Mo the most successful individual in the history of the European Athletics Championships, with five titles to his name. He then repeated his long-distance gold medal double at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, before ending the 2015 season with victory in the Great North Run.

Mo secured his legacy as the greatest distance runner of all time at the Rio 2016 Olympics - claiming the first ever distance 'triple-double' after electric 10,000m and 5,000m gold medal wins.

Mo's victory in the 10,000m was particularly dramatic – with Mo accidentally being tripped during the race, falling to the floor and then having to catch up with the leaders – finally winning in a dramatic finish.

Victory in Rio meant that Mo became the first runner to complete the "double double" of 5,000m and 10,000m golds in consecutive Olympic Games since 'the Finn' Lasse Viren in 1976. Following his success at London 2012, this time Mo dedicated his gold medals to his children Rhianna and Hussein – completing the set! To round off an incredible year, Mo was knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours list for his services to athletics.

In summer 2017, Mo competed in his last ever track World Championships in front of his home crowd at the London Stadium, where he secured his 10th gold and 2nd silver medal at a major Championships.

Mo is coached by Gary Lough


Latest News

Mo Farah Wins New Orleans Half Marathon in a New British Record and Course Record

London is rarely compared to New Orleans. But Mo Farah said he felt like he was back in the United Kingdom on Sunday morning as he raced through the streets of the Big Easy.

Farah, who won two gold medals in the London Olympics last year, captured the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans half marathon Sunday, out-sprintingGebre Gebremariam in the final 200 meters of the featured race.

Farah won the race in a course and British record time of one hour, 59 seconds. Gebremariam of Ethiopia was one second behind him.

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Rio 2016 training, credit Nike
Rio 2016 training, credit Nike
Rio 2016 training, credit Nike
Rio 2016 training, credit Nike
Mo & London Mayor Sadiq Khan, 2016
Evening Standard, 2016, credit Jonathan Glynn-Smith
Evening Standard, 2016, credit Jonathan Glynn-Smith
Evening Standard, 2016, credit Jonathan Glynn-Smith
Evening Standard, 2016, credit Jonathan Glynn-Smith
Birmingham Diamond League, 2016, credit Ricky Simms
Birmingham Diamond League, 2016, credit Ricky Simms
Birmingham Diamond League, 2016, credit Ricky Simms
World Championships 2015, credit Lee Mills
World Championships 2015, credit Lee Mills
2015, credit Greg Williams
IAAF World Championships 2015
Lausanne 2015
Doha 2015
Great North Run 2014
Fabulous Magazine 2014
Madame Tussauds Wax Figures 2014
Mo Farah Foundation Ball 2014
GQ Awards 2014
Olympic 10,000m victory
Olympic 10,000m medal ceremony
5,000m Olympic Final - Gold
The taste of victory.
Swapping moves. Usain and Mo borrow each others celebrations
5K Gold 1 - World Championships 2011
5K Gold 2 - World Championships 2011
Flying the flag
Flying the flag
Flying the flag
On the finish line
10k - World Championships 2011
Warming up for the 5K
Me and Paula
Ready to start...
Crossing the finish line
Me in a London Cab




800m 1:48.69
1500m 3:28.81 NR
Mile 3:56.49
3000m (i) 7:32.62 NR
5000m 12:53.11 NR
5000m (i) 13.09.16 NR
10,000m 26:46.57 AR
5K (road) 13:30 NR
10K (road) 27:44 NR
Half Marathon 59:22
2 Miles 8:03.40 (i) WR

Career Highlights

2016 Great North Run
2016 Olympic Games Rio - 5000m
2016 Olympic Games Rio - 10,000m
2016 London Anniversary Games - 5,000m
2015 IAAF World T&F Championships,
5000m & 10,000m
2015 European Half Marathon
2014 New York Half Marathon
2014 London Marathon
2014 Great North Run Half Marathon
2014 Diamond League Birmingham - 2 miles
2014 European Championships Zurich - 5,000m
2014 European Championships Zurich - 10,000m
2013 New Orleans Half Marathon
2013 World Championships - 10,000m
2013 World Championships - 5,000m
2012 Olympic Games London - 10,000m
2012 Olympic Games London - 5,000m
2011 World Championships - 5,000m
2011 World Championships - 10,000m
2011 New York Half Marathon
2011 European Indoor - 3000m
2010 European T&F Championships - 5,000m
2010 European T&F Championships - 10,000m
2009 European Cross Country Championships
2009 IAAF World T&F Championshps - 5000m
2009 European Indoor - 3000m
2008 European Cross Country
2007 IAAF World T&F Championships
2007 IAAF World Cross Country
2006 European Cross Country
2006 European T&F Championships - 5000m
2003 European U23 Championships - 5000m
2001 European Junior Cross Country
2001 European Junior - 5000m


Nike Nike, Inc

No Easy Mile No Easy Mile
Mo’s full length feature documentary

Ready Steady Mo Ready Steady Mo!
Mo’s children's book

Twin Ambitions Twin Ambitions
Mo’s complete autobiography

Nabufit Nabufit
Health and fitness app

Scribe of London Scribe of London
Mo’s suit range



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