Mohamed “Mo” Farah

Great Britain

Fast Facts

  • Birthplace:

    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Birthdate:

    March 23, 1983

  • Event:

    Middle-distance and long-distance

  • Personal Best:

    1500 meters: 3:28.81

    5000 meters: 12:53.11

    10000 meters: 26:46.57

    Marathon: 2:08:21

  • On-Track Shoe:

    Nike Zoom Victory

  • Residence:

    Portland, USA

Transformative Moment

Winning gold in the 5000 meters and the 10000 meters at the 2012 Summer Games, and repeating the feat at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Mo Says

My good-luck charm is...

to shave my head. It makes me feel fresh and ready to perform.

I’m inspired by...

my mentor Alan Watkinson. He discovered my talent and encouraged me to compete. He’s always been there for me.

On my day off...

I spend time with my wife, Tanya, and our twin daughters.

My favorite meal is...

a burger.

If I wasn’t an athlete...

I would be a car mechanic, which was my childhood dream. I love taking things apart.

I want my legacy to be...

the Mo Farah Foundation, which improves the lives of underprivileged and impoverished communities on both sides of the world.

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