Mohamed (Mo) Farah

Mohamed (Mo) Farah

British athlete of Somali origin
Date of Birth: 23.03.1983
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Mo Farah
  2. Early Life
  3. Discovering Sporting Talent
  4. Early Success and Training
  5. Training with Elite Athletes
  6. Continued Success and International Competitions
  7. Olympic Triumph
  8. Record-Breaking Performances
  9. Personal Life

Biography of Mo Farah

Early Life

Mohamed Farah, a British athlete of Somali descent, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. He spent most of his childhood in Djibouti before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 8 to live with his father. At the time, he did not speak any English.

Mohamed (Mo) Farah

Discovering Sporting Talent

Farah attended a public school in London, where his exceptional athletic abilities were discovered by his physical education teacher, Alan Watkinson. Despite struggling with the curriculum and language barriers, Farah found solace in sports and chose football as his initial pursuit. However, his innate talent for running made him a highly promising player.

Mohamed (Mo) Farah

Early Success and Training

In 1996, at the age of 13, Farah participated in an English school competition for cross country running. The following year, he won his first major title at the school level, marking the beginning of his successful running career. In 2001, Farah won the 5000 meters event at the European Athletics Junior Championship. He also began training at St Mary's University College in the same year.

Mohamed (Mo) Farah

Training with Elite Athletes

In 2005, Farah joined a training group that included Australian runner Craig Mottram and Kenyan athletes, including Micah Kogo, the world champion in the 10-kilometer distance. Training alongside such esteemed athletes provided Farah with invaluable experience and he particularly enjoyed his interactions with Mottram.

Mohamed (Mo) Farah

Continued Success and International Competitions

Farah's breakthrough came in 2006 when he achieved the second-best time in the 5000 meters event in Britain, just behind Dave Moorcroft. The following year, he won a silver medal at the European Championship in Gothenburg. In December of the same year, Farah became the European Cross Country Champion in Italy.

Mohamed (Mo) Farah

Olympic Triumph

Farah represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing but did not reach the finals in the 5000 meters event. However, he continued to train diligently and set a new British record for indoor running in 2009. Farah's exceptional form was attributed to his extensive training in Ethiopia and Kenya. In 2010, he broke the British record for the 10,000 meters event and later won the European Athletics Championships.

Record-Breaking Performances

In 2011, Farah set several new records and performed exceptionally well in major European and world championships. He continued his success in 2012 by winning gold in the 10,000 meters event at the Olympic Games in London, becoming the first British athlete to achieve this feat. The victory marked Farah's third medal in the running events of the Olympics.

Personal Life

In April 2010, Farah married his longtime girlfriend, Tania Nell. The wedding ceremony was attended by several of his athletic colleagues, including Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Hayley Yelling, Jo Pavey, and Mustafa Mohamed.