Mo Farah is currently the UK's finest distance runner of his generation - a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia, arriving in London from Mogadishu at the age of 8 speaking very little English.
Mo grew up in West London and represents Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club as well as Great Britain, specializing in the 5000m. Mo began running in school and went on to become a very successful junior athlete, winning a silver medal at European Junior Cross Country Championships in 2001. However he only made his breakthrough on the senior stage in 2006 when he won a silver medal at the European Track & Field Championships.
He won his first major title in 2006 at the European Cross Country Championships and placed a credible 6th in the World Championships in 2007 which levered him to the status of "an athlete to be reckoned with". Mo continued his steady rise in the long distance world platform with a gold medal in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Turin 2009.
2010 was Farah's most successful year when he became the first British man ever to win double gold in the 5000m and 10,000m at the European Track & Field Championships held in Barcelona. He also went on to become the first British man to run under 13 minutes for the 5000m.
Mo started 2011 in great form breaking the European and British record in the 5000m indoors - a record which stood for 29 years. He now holds six British records: 10k road, 5k road, 5,000m indoors, 3000m indoors, 5000m outdoors and 10,000m outdoors making him an inspiration to future generations.