Mo Farah Facts

Here are some facts about Mo Farah, the British Olympic athlete.

  • Mo Farah was born on 23rd March 1983 in Somalia, Africa.
  • His father, Mukhtar Farah, is British and Mo moved to England when he was 8.
  • Mo went to Feltham Community College and he was very keen on sports.
  • He wanted to play for Arsenal Football Club as a right winger.
  • In 1996, Mo Farah finished ninth in the English schools cross-country championship. He was only 13. He won the event the next year.
  • In 2006, Mo ran the 5000 metres in a time of 13 minutes 9:40 seconds. This was the second fastest time by a British athlete.
  • On 19th August 2010, Farah ran the 5000 metres in 12:57:94. In doing so, he became the British record holder and the first British runner to break the 13 minute barrier.
  • At the 2011 World Championships, he won two medals – Gold in the 5000 m and Silver in the 10,000 m.
  • At the London Olympics in 2012, Farah won two Gold Medals. He won both the 10,000 m and 5000 m events.
  • At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Mo Farah won Gold Medals in both 5000 m and 10000 m.
  • He has been described by Brendan Foster as ‘Britain’s greatest ever athlete‘.
  • Mo Farah celebrates his victories by doing the ‘Mobot’ (a move devised by Clare Balding and James Corden during Mo’s appearance on the TV show A League of Their Own).
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  • Farah is married to Tania Nell. They have three daughters – Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.
  • He has a home in Portland, Oregon (United States).
  • Apparently, Mo Farah’s left leg is more than 1 inch longer than his right leg.
  • Ryan Giggs and Muhammad Ali are among his sporting heroes.


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