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Somali-born British international track and field athlete

  • Mohammed "Mo" Farah is a Somali-born British international track and field athlete.
  • He was born 23 March 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • He arrived in Britain aged 8 years old at which time he barely can speak a word of English.
  • He attended Feltham Community College in London.
  • In 1996, at the age of 13, Farah entered the English schools cross country and finished ninth.
  • His first major title was at 5000 metres at the European Athletics Junior Championship in 2001.
  • He became one of the first two athletes in the newly formed Endurance Performance Centre at St Mary's.
  • He is a 5000 m world champion.
  • He generally competes over 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, but also runs the 3000 metres and occasionally the 1500 metres.
  • In July 2006, with a time of 13 minutes 9.40 seconds for 5000 m, he became Britain's second-fastest runner after Dave Moorcroft.
  • The next month, he won a silver medal in the European Championship 5000 m in Gothenburg.
  • In December 2006, he won the European Cross Country Championship in San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy.
  • He represented the UK at 5000 m in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan and came 6th.
  • With a time of 7 minutes 40.99 seconds, he set a new British indoor record in the 3000 metres in January 2009.
  • Few weeks later, he broke his own record with 7 minutes 34.47 at the UK Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.
  • In July 2010, he won Britain's first-ever men's European gold medal at 10,000 m.
  • In April 2010, he married his longtime partner Tania Nell, in Richmond, London.
  • He is a fan of Arsenal Football Club.
  • In July 2010, he won Britain's first-ever men's European gold medal at 10,000 m. His gold in the 5000 m makes him 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 is an ambassador for Bupa, Lucozade Sport and Nike.
  • He has expressed a desire to move up to the marathon after the 2012 Olympics.
  • It is likely that he will compete in 10,000m and marathon double at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro

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