Mo Farah(1983-), Long distance runner; Olympian
Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama ('Mo') Farah
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Somalian-born Farah arrived in London from Mogadishu aged 8, speaking very little English. He grew up in West London and began running at school when his PE Teacher, Alan Watkinson, spotted his potential. Won gold in both the men's 10,000m and the 5,000m at the 2012 London Olympics. He went on to win gold in both of these events at the European Championships in Zürich (2014) and at the World Championships in Moscow (2013) and Beijing (2015). He is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, with ten global titles. He has won the European Athlete of the Year award and the British Athletics Writers Association British Athlete of the Year award more than any other athlete, three times and six times respectively. Awarded a CBE (2013) and a Knighthood (2017) for services to athletics. He was named Sports Personality of the Year 2017.