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Mo Farah

Mo Farah

Mo Farah is a British distance runner. Mo Farah is the most successful British track and field athlete in contemporary Olympic history. Farah won gold medals in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Mo enjoyed a ten-year winning streak in global finals (the 5000m in 2011, the 10,000min 2017, and the double in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016).

Early Life, and Parents

Mo Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 23, 1983.

Farah’s family was from Gabiley, but they settled in Mogadishu, Somalia because his father was a businessman there.

Farah endured a difficult upbringing. Farah spent his early youth as a refugee in Djibouti with his twin brother, Hassan, after fleeing Mogadishu with his family to Gabiley.

He traveled to Britain to join his father at the age of eight, despite not knowing English well.

Jama, his grandfather, was born in the British territory of Somaliland, hence he had a British heritage.

Mukhtar Farah, his father, was a British citizen born in London and worked as an IT consultant.


Farah took a job at McDonald’s instead of playing like other children his age.

He went to high school at Isleworth and Syon School.

Later, he enrolled at Feltham Community Collegiate to begin his college career.

Alan Watkinson, his physical education instructor, was the first to notice his athletic ability.

Farah aspired to be an auto mechanic or a right-winger for the Arsenal football team when he was younger.

Later, in west London, he joined the Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club.

Height, Weight, and Age

As of 2022, Mo Farah is 39 years old. To keep up with the youthful, dynamic competitors who enter the track and field world every day, he undertakes core workouts and strength training.

As a result, despite his advanced age, Farah maintains a trim and toned physique. He also runs 120 kilometers every week at a comfortable pace.

His nutrition and gym exercise deserve praise as well. Instead of having a regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Mo divides his meals into little portions and eats them throughout the day.

His meals consist primarily of vegetables and salads, with a side of rice and chicken or tuna. Aside from that, the runner stands at 5feet 9inches and weighs 60 kg.

Facts of Mo Farah

Full name Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah
Nickname Mo Farah
Birthday March 23, 1983
Birthplace Mogadishu, Somalia
Nationality British
Ethnicity Somalian
Religion Muslim
Zodiac Sign  Aries
Age 39 years old
Father’s name Muktar Farah
Mother’s name Amran Farah
Sibling Brother
Sibling Name Hassan Farah
High School  Isleworth & Syon School
College Feltham Community College
Marital status  Married
Wife’s Name  Tania Nell
Ex-Girlfriends Unknown
Children  Four
Children’s Name 
  • Rhianna Farah
  • Aisha Farah
  • Amani Farah
  • Hussein Mo Farah
Weight 60 Kg/ 132 lb
Height 1.75 m/ 5’9″
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Bald
Beard or Mustache None
Body type Athletic
Occupation  Runner
Sport Athletics/Track, Long-distance running
Events 10,00m, 5000m, 1500m, half marathon, Marathon
Average Speed 21.8km/hour
University team Club  St.Mary’s University College Twickenham London
Coached by 
  • Charles Van Commenee
  • Alan Storey
  • Alan Watkinson
  • Ian Stewart
Net Worth $5 million
Social Media  Instagram, Twitter
Website mofarah
Merch  Twin Ambition: My Autobiography, Poster
Last Update May 2022

Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements

Mo Farah’s net worth is $5 million.

His principal source of income is his work as a runner. He has, however, had endorsement relationships with a variety of organizations, including PACE, Sports Magazine, Nike, Bupa, Virgin Media, and others.

He works for Nike Inc, a well-known sportswear company, to advertise clothing and shoes.

Similarly, Farah signed a marketing agreement with Quron as part of a multimillion-pound drive to double the company’s sales.

In addition, his annual compensation, or yearly income, can reach $320,000. In addition, Farah: No Easy Mile is a documentary about him.

Other athletes featured in the one-hour, nineteen-minute film include Usain Bolt, Sebastian Coe, and others.

Career in Track and Field

Junior Position

Farah’s first major title came in the 5000 meters at the European Athletics Junior Championships in 2001.

Mo was one of the first two athletes at St Mary’s new Endurance Performance Centre that year.

Similarly, he lived and trained at the college and completed some modules in an access course before becoming a full-time athlete later in his career.

Senior Positions

Mo Frank’s senior career has been classified into several awards and honors he has received over the course of his running career.

Personal beats and first titles

Farah began his senior career with a 5000m time of 13 minutes, 9.40 seconds. With this time, he became Britain’s second-fastest runner.

Farah also won silver in the 5000m at the European Championships in Gothenburg.

Farah’s outstanding performance earned him a spot in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, where he competed in the 5000 m. He finished in sixth place with a time of 13:47.54.

In 2008, Farah ran the fastest 10,000 m time in the United Kingdom in almost eight years. He was knocked out of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before the 5000 m final.

European Champion and British Records

With effort and hard work, Farah set a new British indoor record in the 3000 meters. At the UK Indoor Grand Pix, he broke his own record by more than six seconds.

Without a doubt, as Steve Cram commented, it was “the best performance by a male British distance runner for a generation.”

At the European Indoor Championships of 2009, Farah won gold in the 3000m with a record of 7 minutes 40.17.

Similarly, in late May, he also won the 2010 London 10,000. With effort and improvement in his performance, he set his track best by nearly 16 seconds at the European Cup 10,000m.

Mo Farah
Mo Farah in the European Championship. Source: sports24

Mo returned to Europe for the 2010 European Athletics Championships after his training completion in Africa.

Farah took his first major title, the 10,000 meters gold medal making his first major title, and the first European gold medal in Great Britain.

The British runner then went on to win the 5000 m from Jesus España, becoming only the fifth man in the 66-year history of the European Championships to achieve the 5000 m/10,000 m double.

On 19 August 2010, Farah ran 5000 m, becoming the first-ever British athlete to run under 13 minutes.

Also, Farah was named track-and-field athlete of the year by the British Olympic Association.

Records, World Medals, and Accomplishments

The year 2011 was filled with success and honors for Farah. Right at the starting of the year, January 8, at the Edinburgh Cross Country, he defeated the top four finishers of that year’s European Championships in a long race.

Again, Farah broke the European 5000 m indoor record in Birmingham, England, winning gold in the 3000 meters at the European Indoor Championships.

In June 2011, at a Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, Mo won the Prefontaine Classic’s 10,000m event in a recorded time of 26:46.57, setting a new British and European record.

Surprisingly, Galen Rupp, Mo’s training partner, took the second spot.

In the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, held in Daegu, South Korea, Farah made a breakthrough on the world stage by taking the silver medal in the 10,000 m and then the gold in the 5000 m.

At the 2012 European Championships, Mo won the 5000m race. This made Farah the first athlete to win this European title more than once.

Double Olympic Champion

Farah participated in the 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympics, where he won gold in a time of 27:30:42. The gold earned by Farah was Britain’s first gold medal in the 10,000m.

Similarly, Farah also won a long-distance double in the 5,000m race in a time of 13:41:66. The gold medals which Farah earned were dedicated to his twin daughters.

Farah’s success led him to the Commander’s appointment of the British Empire’s Order (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for athletics services.

1500m record and world medals

Farah broke the European 1500 m record at the Herculis meeting in Monaco.

His record made him the seventh man to break both the 3:30 barrier in the 1500 meters and the 13-minute barrier in the 5000 meters.

In order to win the 10,000 m event at the World Championships in Moscow, Farah stayed in Ibrahim Jeilan. His victory in the race was his fourth global title.

Similarly, Mo also won the 5,000m event, where the BBC commentator called him “Britain’s greatest ever athlete.”

Double-Double Olympic Golds at Rio

Mo won a bronze medal in the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championship in Cardiff, with a record of finishing in 59:59.

Similarly, he also was the winner of the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix 3000m event.

During the Rio Olympics 2016, Farah won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters. This record made him the first Briton to win three athletic gold Olympic medals.

Similarly, on 20th August, he won another gold medal in the 5000 meters race at the Rio Olympics. Farah was honored with the Great North Run for a third consecutive year.

Farah was the fastest person in 2016 from Europe over two middle-distance events and three long-distance events and the half-marathon.

Tenth World Title & Track Retirement

After his performance in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, Farah reported that he would shift from track events to the marathon.

He won the Diamond League in Birmingham and Zurich, which were his final two-track events.

Again, on 20 August 2017, he reiterated his decision to move to the marathon full-time.

Similarly, Farah won the Great North Run for a record fourth consecutive time.

Full-time Marathon Runner & Planning a Track Return

After six months of break, in his first race to prepare for the London Marathon, Farah won the inaugural London Big Half Marathon.

For the fifth time, he consecutively won the Great North Run on 9th September 2018.

Likewise, he announced running again in the London Big Half Marathon and won the title on 10th March 2019.

For six consecutive times, Farah won the 2019 Great North Run on 8th September 2019.

He failed to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after falling 19 seconds short of the qualifying mark.

Thereafter, he sustained a foot injury that later turned out to be a fracture.

During the Tokyo Olympics, the athlete was recovering at home.

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Personal Life, Wife, and Children

Tania Nell is the wife of Mo Farah, a well-known runner.

When the two lovebirds were students at a west London institution, they met.

The long-term pair married in a grandiose wedding in Richmond, London, in April 2010.

Paula Radcliffe, Hayley Yelling, Scott Overall, and many other prominent athletes attended the wedding.

The couple has three lovely children as well as a boy. Rihana is their stepdaughter, while Aisha and Amani, their two daughters, were born in 2012.

In addition, the couple welcomed a son called Hussein in 2015.

Presence on Social Media

Mo is a frequent user of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

He keeps his admirers and followers up to speed on his daily activities and progress.

Follow him to learn more about him and his accomplishments:

His Instagram has 1.1 million followers and his Twitter has 1.4 million followers.