|Mo Farah Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||March 23, 1983|
Mo Farah is a British long-distance runner who has won 4 ‘Gold’ medals at the Summer Olympics; 6 ‘Gold’ medals and 2 ‘Silver’ medals at the World Athletics Championships; 5 ‘Gold’ medals and a ‘Silver’ medal at the European Athletics Championships; 2 ‘Gold’ medals at the European Athletics Indoor Championships; 2 ‘Gold’ medals, 3 ‘Silver’ medals, and a ‘Bronze’ medal at the European Cross Country Championships; a ‘Gold’ medal and a ‘Bronze’ medal at the World Marathon Majors; a ‘Gold’ medal at the 2017 Zurich Diamond League; and a ‘Bronze’ medal at the 2016 Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships. Widely regarded as one of the greatest runners in history, his 10 global championships ‘Gold’ medals (4 at the Summer Olympics and 6 at the World Athletics Championships) have also made him the most successful male track distance runner in history. For his services to athletics, he was appointed ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ (CBE) in 2013 and was knighted in 2017.
Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah
Mo, Fly Mo
London, England, United Kingdom
Mo had attended the Isleworth & Syon School, a non-denomination secondary school and sixth form for boys aged 11 to 18 years old in Isleworth, Hounslow, London. He had later studied at the Feltham Community College (now known as Springwest Academy) in Feltham, Hounslow.
In 2001, he had started athletics training at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, a public university in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London. He was one of the first 2 athletes at the university’s newly formed Endurance Performance Centre. He had taken some modules in an access course during his time there before becoming a full-time athlete.
- Father – Muktar Farah (Businessman, IT Consultant)
- Mother – Amran Farah
- Siblings – Hassan Farah (Twin Brother) (Telecommunications Engineer), Ahmed Farah (Younger Brother), Wahib Farah (Younger Brother), Mahad Farah (Younger Brother) Omar Farah (Brother)
- Others – Robert Nell (Father-in-Law), Nadia Nell (Mother-in-Law), Colin Nell (Brother-in-Law) (Owner of a Sports Consultancy Company), Jama Farah (Grandfather), Yonis Farah (Cousin) (Professional Soccer Player). He has 10 nieces/nephews through his twin brother Hassan.
He is represented by PACE Sports Management, Athlete Management and Marketing Company, London, England, United Kingdom.
10,000 Metres, 5,000 Metres, 1,500 Metres, Half Marathon, Marathon
Mo Farah’s net worth had been $5 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mo has dated –
- Tania Nell (2008-Present) – Mo had started dating Tania Nell in 2008 and the couple got married in April 2010 in a ceremony in Richmond, London. They have 3 children together – twin daughters named Aisha Farah and Amani Farah (b. August 2012) and a son named Hussein Mo Farah (b. 2015). Mo also has a stepdaughter named Rhianna Farah from Tania’s previous relationship.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Somali descent.
- Toned physique
- Sports a goatee
- Cheerful smile
Mo has served as the brand ambassador of –
- Nike, Inc.
- Quorn (meat substitute)
- Virgin Media
He has been sponsored by –
- Zwift (massively multiplayer online cycling and running physical training program)
- Maurten AB (sports drinks)
- B&M (variety store chain)
- Oral-B UK & Ireland
- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
- Therabody (wellness technology)
Mo Farah Facts
- Although Mo was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, his family had fled to Gabiley, a city in Somaliland (a de facto state in the Horn of Africa that is internationally considered to be part of Somalia) when he was very young. Although the family was originally from Gabiley, they had been living in Mogadishu as Mo’s father was a businessman there. They had later fled, as refugees, to the neighboring country of Djibouti.
- He had been separated from his twin brother Hassan when they were 8 years old. This was when Mo, his mother, and his younger brothers had moved to the United Kingdom to join Mo’s father who had been working and studying there.
- Hassan was unwell unable to travel with them. So, he had stayed behind with some relatives in Djibouti. When Mo’s father returned to take Hassan to the UK, the people he was living with had moved and Hassan was nowhere to be found. Mo and his twin ended up being separated for around 12 years.
- In the late 1990s, noted philanthropist Eddie Kulukundis had paid the legal fees to complete Mo’s naturalization as a British citizen. This had allowed him to travel to several competitions without visa issues.
- Between 2011 and 2017, Mo and his family had lived in Portland, Oregon, so that he could train full-time with the Nike Oregon Project, an elite training program for selected athletes that was created by the American corporation Nike, Inc. The family had returned to London in 2017.
- He is an ardent supporter of English soccer giants Arsenal F.C. and has even trained with their first-team squad. In his youth, he had held an ambition to play as a right-winger for the club.
- In October 2013, he had launched a book titled Mo Farah, Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography.
- In 2016, he had become just the 2nd athlete to have won the ‘Gold’ medal in both the 5,000 m and 10,000 m events at successive Summer Olympics. Lasse Virén of Finland was the first to achieve this feat, in 1976. Mo had completed this ‘distance double’ at the World Athletics Championships as well, in 2015.
- In November 2020, it was announced that he would be participating in the 20th series of the popular survival reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. He was the 8th elimination in a pool of 12 celebrities. It was the first time in the show’s history that the filming was not done in Australia. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the series was filmed at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Wales.
Featured Image by Mo Farah / Instagram