About Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah is a multiple Olympic, World and European champion – the UK's greatest ever athlete. Mo recently became the first athlete to win three long-distance doubles at successive World Championship and Olympic Games – securing his place in the history books by winning yet another double gold at Rio 2016.

Mo is a dedicated family man who lives and trains in Portland, Oregon (USA) 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.

Mo’s 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!

Mo followed up his success in Rio with a third successive Great North Run victory – completing a historic “hat trick” in front of his home crowd. To round off an incredible year, Mo was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his services to athletics.

Mo is coached by Alberto Salazar and runs for the Nike Oregon Project.

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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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Images

Warming up for the 5K
Me in a London Cab
Crossing the finish line
Ready to start...
Me and Paula
MoBot
10k - World Championships 2011
On the finish line
Flying the flag 1
Flying the flag 2
Flying the flag 3
5K Gold 2 - World Championships 2011
5K Gold 1 - World Championships 2011
Swapping moves. Usain and Mo borrow each others celebrations
The taste of victory.
5,000m Olympic Final - Gold
Olympic 10,000m medal ceremony
Olympic 10,000m victory
GQ Awards 2014
TV BAFTAS 2014
Mo Farah Foundation Ball 2014
Madame Tussauds Wax Figures 2014
Fabulous Magazine 2014
Great North Run 2014
Doha 2015
Lausanne 2015
IAAF World Championships 2015
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Videos

Winning the 5000m at the Monaco Diamond League Watch Video
Winning the 5000m at the World Champs 2011 Watch Video
5K Gold - Channel 4 News Report Watch Video
Mo Farah Song Watch Video
Mo Farah 2011 Best Bits Watch Video
Olympic 10,000m Final - FULL Watch Video
Olympic 5,000m Final - FULL Watch Video
Mo wins another title. 1st ever to beat the Cube! Watch Video
Fans watching 5km in Hyde Park Watch Video
Mo and Usain swap moves Watch Video
50 second last lap! Watch Video
Mo breaks British and European 1500m record Watch Video
Quorn TV Ad - Healthy Protein 2015 Watch Video
Winning the 5000m at the Moscow World Champs 2013 Watch Video
Quorn TV Ad - Heathly Protein 2014 Watch Video
Winning the 10000m at the Eurpoean Champs 2014 Watch Video
2016 Rio Olympic Highlights Watch Video
World Championships Beijing 2015 5k Watch Video
World Championships Beijing 2015 10k Watch Video
Nike Unlimited Commercial Watch Video
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Performance

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) 13.10.60 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
1st Place
2016 Olympic Games Rio - 5000m
Gold
2016 Olympic Games Rio - 10,000m
Gold
2016 London Anniversary Games - 5,000m
Gold
2015 IAAF World T&F Championships, 5000m & 10,000m
Gold
2015 European Half Marathon
Record
2014 New York Half Marathon
2nd
2014 London Marathon
8th
2014 Great North Run Half Marathon
1st
2014 Diamond League Birmingham - 2 miles
1st
2014 European Championships Zurich - 5,000m
1st
2014 European Championships Zurich - 10,000m
1st
2013 New Orleans Half Marathon
1st
2013 World Championships - 10,000m
Gold
2013 World Championships - 5,000m
Gold
2012 Olympic Games London - 10,000m
Gold
2012 Olympic Games London - 5,000m
Gold
2011 World Championships - 5,000m
Gold
2011 World Championships - 10,000m
Silver
2011 New York Half Marathon
1st
2011 European Indoor - 3000m
Gold
2010 European T&F Championships - 5,000m
Gold
2010 European T&F Championships - 10,000m
Gold
2009 European Cross Country Championships
Silver
2009 IAAF World T&F Championshps - 5000m
7th
2009 European Indoor - 3000m
Gold
2008 European Cross Country
Silver
2007 IAAF World T&F Championships
6th
2007 IAAF World Cross Country
10th
2006 European Cross Country
Gold
2006 European T&F Championships - 5000m
Silver
2003 European U23 Championships - 5000m
Silver
2001 European Junior Cross Country
Gold
2001 European Junior - 5000m
Gold
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Partners

Nike

Twin Ambitions

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No Easy Mile

Nabufit

Scribe of London

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Team

  • Coach:

    Alberto Salazar

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