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Sir Mohamed "Mo" Muktar Jama Farah,, is a British distance runner. The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m. Farah is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles at successive Olympic Games. He also completed the 'distance double' at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He was the second man in history, after Kenenisa Bekele, to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to defend both distance titles in both major global competitions – a feat described as the 'quadruple-double'. Since finishing 2nd in the 10,000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Farah had an unbroken streak of ten global final wins. The streak ended in Farah's final championship track race, when he finished second to Ethiopia's Muktar Edris in the 2017 5000 metres final. In his final track race, the 2017 Diamond League Final in Zurich in August 2017, Farah gained his revenge, edging out world champion Edris to win his first and only IAAF Diamond League title at 5000 metres.
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  • Personal 

  • 2005–2008: First titles and personal bests 

  • 2009–2010: British records and European champion 

  • 2011-12: European and British records, and world medals 

  • 2012: Double Olympic champion 

  • CBE 

  • 2013: 1500 m record and world medals 

  • 2014: Double gold in Zürich 

  • 2015: World and European records 

  • 2016: Double-Double Olympic Golds at Rio 

  • 2017: Tenth world title and track retirement 

  • Since 2018: full-time marathon runner 

  • 2019: planning a track return 

  • 2020 

  • "Mobot" 

  • Family and interests 

  • Philanthropy 

  • Endorsements, advertising and sponsorships 

  • Travel security 

  • Television 

  • Fancy Bears leak 

  • Salazar Ban 

  • Athletics 

  • Other 

  • National titles 

  • Race results 

  • Circuit wins