Our Olympic Quotation of the Day
11th August 2012
In a stunning race, earlier this evening, Mo Farah demonstrated his ability, passion and determination to become Double Olympic Champion, taking the 5,000m Gold Medal to pair with the 10,000m Gold Medal he won a week ago. Here are a few words from Mo;
“Go hard or go home”. This is Mo Farah’s motto.
After his 10,000m win, Mo responded to a journalist who questioned whether he would’ve preferred to run under a Somali flag;
“Look mate, this is my country. This is where I grew up. This is where I started life. This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I’m proud. I’m very proud. The support I got today was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it. It was the best moment of my life.”
I love it!
“It was a really rough race,” he added. “It was like being in the ring with Anthony Ogogo! As soon as they saw me there was a lot of barging and pushing. I got caught so many times. There’s definitely a target on my back. I’m the Olympic champion over 10,000 metres. You just have to accept it. Hopefully the final won’t be as rough because we won’t have so many guys.”
He went on to say;
“Now there’s zero pressure. I am not putting any pressure on myself. I want to do well for the crowd because the support drives you further. Whatever I do I will give 100%. I am full of confidence and having the home crowd will definitely drive me more.”
Well, this evening showed him performing for, and being inspired by, the home crowd. Well done Mo!
A Bit About Mo Farah
Mo Farah was born on the 23rd March 1983. He’s a British Somali international track and field athlete and he’s the current 10,000m and 5000m Olympic Champion, as well as the World Champion. His Gold Medal in the 10,000m was the first ever British Olympic Gold Medal victory in the event. As we all know, he followed that up with a Gold Medal win in the 5,000 metres, earlier this evening.
Mo generally competes over 5,000m and 10,000m on the track, but he also runs the 3000m and, on occasion, the 1500m. He’s already expressed a desire to move up to the marathon after the London Olympics.
Mo Farah holds the European track record for 10,000 metres, the British road record for 10,000 metres, the British indoor record in the 3000 metres, the British track record for 5000 metres, the British half-marathon record, and the European indoor record for 5000 metres.
In July 2010, he won the first-ever men’s European Gold Medal at 10,000m for Britain, which he followed with a Gold in the 5,000m. This made him the 5th male athlete to complete the long-distance double at the Championships and the first British man to do it. He won Silver in the 10,000m and Gold in the 5,000m at the 2011 World Championships.
Mo also competes in cross-country running and in December 2006 he became European champion in Italy. He then went on to take Gold in the 3,000m in both the 2009 and 2011 European Indoor Championships.
Originally based in London, Mo ran for Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club where, from 2001 to 2011, he trained at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham’s sports facilities in Strawberry Hill. He relocated to Oregon the US in 2011 to further his training.
In 2011, he was voted European athlete of the year.
It’ll be interesting to see what’s next for Mo Farah.
Have a great one,