Mo Farah became one of the instant stars of the London 2012 Olympic Games when he won the 10,000m, the third gold medal on what was dubbed ‘super Saturday’. He followed that up with an equally impressive win in the 5,000m one week later, becoming only the seventh athlete in history to do the 10,000 and 5,000m double.

But Farah is not just a double Olympic champion, his is the most extraordinary story from a boy who arrived in London speaking barely a word of English, to a man whose ‘mobot’ celebration is now imitated by some of our most well known politicians.

…talent was identified…

Farah was born in Somalia in 1983, but moved to England when he was 8 years old. His talent was identified when he was in secondary school and he won his first major title at the European Athletics Junior Championship in 2001, winning the 5000m.

Farah’s career progressed through the 2000’s but his real breakthrough came last year. In the 2011 World Championships at Deagu in South Korea, Farah took silver in the 10,000m and then won gold in the 5,000m becoming the first British man ever to win a title of either 10,000 or 5,000m.

…did not disappoint…

This success at the world championships made Farah one of the favourites for a British gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Farah did not disappoint his now numerous amount of fans, as he won the 10,000m becoming Britain’s first ever 10,000m gold medallist. Not only did he win this, but he then completed the double by winning the 5000m one week later.

Farah is also well known for his participation in ITV’s game show The Cube. He became the first person ever to beat the Cube, winning £250,000 for his own foundation, the Mo Farah Foundation.

entered the nation’s consciousness

A winner both on and off the running track, Mo has certainly entered the nation’s consciousness this year and was one of the true heroes of London 2012. Let’s hope his career continues to give us more magic moments.

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