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Farah hailed as Britain’s best athlete ever

30th Aug 2013

Farah hailed as Britain's best athlete ever

[Mo Farah, Olympics parade    (Photo: AJV/Muslim News)]

 

By Elham Asaad Buaras

 

Mohamed “Mo” Farah has been hailed as Britain’s best ever athlete after completing an historic double-double of Olympic and world Championship gold.

The Somalia-born, British-raised athlete, achieved the emotional double-double in Moscow on August 16 as he added the 5,000 and 10,000m world titles to the twin Olympic triumphs at London 2012.

 

The feat, completed by racing to 5,000m glory at the Luzhniki Stadium, sealed his status as Britain athlete in history, emulating Kenenisa Bekele’s win record.

 

Although Farah did not break any world records, his wins meant it was the first time that a Kenyan or Ethiopian has not won the 5,000 or the 10,000m since the inaugural world champs in Helsinki in 1983.

 

Prime Minster, David Cameron, praising Farah, said: “The Olympic and world double-double is one of the great sporting achievements. If the honours committee were to recommend Mo for a knighthood, I would warmly welcome it.”
Farah was awarded a CBE at the end of last year.

 

The 30-year old long-distance runner has been one of the stars of a remarkable period for sport in the UK.

 

The dad of three said: “I never thought in my career I would achieve something like this. This is something I’ve worked so hard for. All I was thinking about was my kids and how much I’ve been away from them.”

 

His wife Tania said she felt “overwhelmed” by the win.

 

Farah became one of the top trending topics on Twitter with injured heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and TV presenter Clare Balding among those hailing him.

 

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