Week 35: Hero – Mo Farah

by Charlie_East_West on August 30, 2015

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Our hero of the week is the marvellous Mo Farah for becoming the most successful British athlete in global athletics championships and completing a unique treble double of major titles at 10,000m and 5,000m at two World Championships and an Olympics.

Mo Farah is the greatest sportsman Britain has ever had,” said Brendan Foster. “And I say that with some consideration.” – perhaps so – the casebook is stacking up for Mo. He is now in the top tier of all time successful British sportsmen or women.

Considering that Mo Farah’s triumphs in Beijing came at the end of a summer of doping allegations against his coach, Alberto Salazar, his double triumph showed his worth not just as an almost unbeatable endurance athlete, but also as a sportsman of huge mental strength.

Watching Farah is one of the purest joys in spectator sport. He has an ability to dictate his own terms on a race, and then burst away away on the home straight with an absolutely blistering turn of pace. He completed the last 600m of the 5,000m final in a time that was quicker than David Rudisha managed in the 800m final.

Farah is a national sporting treasure. He has a bulging gold medal collection and his undiluted and unfiltered enthusiasm for his sport is a joy to behold. His backstory is one of the greatest ever endorsements for British support towards refugees (*David Cameron take note). He was refugee from war torn Mogadishu. Mo arrived in the UK as a little 8 year old boy and has become a sporting icon – the greatest British distance runner ever.

Arise Sir Mo. Our hero of the week.

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