Britain's most successful track athlete in modern times, Mo Farah made history by winning the men's 10,000m gold medal at the World Athletics Championships. Successfully defending his 2015 title at the London Stadium this month, he became the first ever athlete to win 10 consecutive world track distance events.
As the pinnacle of an amazing career for the 34-year-old running legend, Farrah has already won Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016, in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events. He became only the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history to successfully defend both titles.
Following his success at the 2012 Olympics, he was awarded the CBE in the 2013 new year honours list for services to athletics. Although affectionately known as Mo, his full title is Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah.
Born on 23rd March 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia to Mukhtar and Amran Farah, Mo moved to London with his IT consultant father Mukhtar (a British citizen) in 1991. He attended Isleworth and Syon School and then Feltham Community College, where Mo's athletic talents were recognised immediately. He credits his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, with nurturing his talent and counts him as a lifelong friend.
He joined Hounslow Athletics Club and in 1996 finished ninth in the English Schools’ Cross-Country Challenge at the age of just 13. In 1997, he won the title - the first of five English titles. Millionaire philanthropist Eddie Kulukundis funded the legal fees so that Mo could become a naturalised British citizen - enabling him to travel to competitions internationally without problems.
His first major title was in 2001, when he won the 5,000m at the European Athletics Junior Championship. His triumphs include winning the European Cross-Country Championships in 2006, the European Cup at 5,000m in 2007, the European Championship at 3,000m in 2009 and a further 18 career wins in the past decade, including his Olympic victories.
His famous celebratory pose in which he puts both hands on his head was invented by Clare Balding when she was a guest on the Sky1 TV show, A League of Their Own, in 2012. She based the idea on the arms forming the 'M' of his name in the style of the famous dance associated with the 1978 Village People pop song, YMCA. Fellow guest on the show, James Corden suggested the 'Mobot' name for Mo's celebration.
In Mo’s final major track appearance on Saturday 12th August, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to complete a golden double at the London edition of the World Athletics Championships, after finishing second behind Muktar Edris of Ethiopia. After six years at the top of his game and with a very admirable ten straight global titles, Mo is set to leave the track for good, declaring: “I’ve a few more races planned. After that I want to take a break then see what I can do on the road. But in terms of my life this chapter is done. It’s closed. This is it. Track is done.”
Mo has long been associated with healthy eating regimes, in particular when he became the face of Quorn vegetarian meat replacement products in 2014. His endorsement of the products in a series of TV adverts led to a 17% rise in sales over three years.
He always eats healthily, using special diets in the lead up to a race. A big part of his diet is fruit but in particular berries - he recommends making fruit and protein shakes. He says although there are plenty of sports snacks on the market, he prefers to stick to the basics.
Mo also recommends eating lots of small meals each day rather than two or three large ones. Experts say this can help with weight loss and it also leads to a healthier body composition. Six small meals are recommended per day.
As a great source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese and antioxidants, a popular and simple protein shake is the grape and berry protein smoothie. The total preparation time is only five minutes, so it's quick and easy to make. You'll need two scoops of vanilla protein power, one teaspoon of dry chia seeds, half a cup of blueberries, one-and-a-half cups of seedless purple grapes, one teaspoon of flaxseed oil and half a cup of water.
Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender and continue to blend them until the mix is smooth. Drink as soon as it's prepared to get the most benefits. One serving provides 68% of your required dietary fibre for the day.
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