With the strength of a horse and legs like the stag, Mo Farah has distinguished himself as the best long-distance runner in the whole of the UK. With a style that can best be described as unique and different from that of other competitors, he has risen like an eagle and has won many medals as an athlete.
Mo Farah is an athlete best known for running the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, although he has also competed in other distant races such as the 1500 and the marathon.
Mo Farah was called Muhamed Mukhtar Jama at his birth on March 23, 1983, in Gabiley, where his family originally came from Gabiley but was soon abandoned to live in Mogadishu, where his father’s business was located. However, the entire family soon had to flee back to his birthplace when they fell victim to attacks in Mogadishu because they came from Somaliland, which at the time had declared its independence from its parent company Somalia. In order to stay alive better in the fight for independence, Mo Farah spent part of his childhood as a refugee in Djibouti.
At the age of 8, Mo finally moved to the UK to live with his father, who is a British citizen and works as an IT consultant. He attended Isleworth and Syon Schools and received his college education at Feltham Community College in the London borough of Hounslow, where his athletic abilities were soon discovered by Alan Watkinson, his sports teacher at the time, who furthered his skills and took him away from his earlier dreams of being a right-winger at Arsenal Football Club.
From his early beginnings as Hounslow’s representative at the London Youth Games when he was just 13 years old and winning five English school titles at the age of 14, Mo’s path was even better paved when a philanthropist recognized his talents and paid to make him a British citizen so he could travel to competitions without any problems. Since then he has made extraordinary progress, won titles, and broken records on all fronts.
In addition to many big nods, he has won the European Athlete of the year award three times, the British Athletics Writers Association British Athlete of the year award six times in a row. For his services to athletics, he was knighted by Queen Elisabeth in 2007 and named Sports Personality of the Year 2017.
In addition to the recognition, Mo has an archive of gold, silver and bronze medals that testify to his zeal for the career. To name but a few, he has won four gold medals at the Olympic Games, six gold medals at the World Championships and two silver medals, five gold medals at the European Championships, two gold medals at the European Indoor Championships and two gold medals at the European Cross-Country Championships.
In 2017, Mo Farah announced his intention to switch from athletics to the marathon, which he succeeded in doing, and in April 2018 he took part in the London Marathon, finishing third in a record time of 2:06:22, which made up for the previous GB record of 2:07:13 set by Steve Jones in 1985.
To the surprise of many who did not realize that the runner had it in him, Mo Farah launched a book written by him entitled Mo Farah, Twin Ambition: My Autobiography In Canary Wharf London in October 2013.
Mo Farah’s Net Worth
Mo has worked hard for his wealth and has prepared himself for the future. In addition to what he earns on the race track, he has signed sponsorship agreements with a number of companies including Nike, Bupa, PACE Sports Management, and Virgin Media. He has also signed a marketing contract with Quorn to participate in their multi-million dollar campaign, where he manages the advertising for the company’s vegetarian protein forms.
Of the total revenue generated by the various ventures mentioned above, Mo Farah is estimated to be worth $5 million.
Mo Farah’s Wife (Tania Nell) and Family
The stellar athletics star married his long-time girlfriend Tania Nell in Richmond London in April 2010, and they have a set of twin girls, Aisha and Amani, born in August 2012. The couple also had a son named Hussein in 2015. Apart from these three, however, Mo has a stepdaughter named Rihanna.
Tania has always been Mo’s biggest fan, as you can often see her supporting him in races and cheering him on every step of his career. She also writes supporting articles and testimonials for him on social media, especially after each race or success.
The star runner has a twin brother named Hassan, with whom he was together during his time in Djibouti until Mo moved to the UK. Hassan grew up in Djibouti because he was too ill to travel when his mother and brothers had to go to the UK to join their father. Hassan currently works as a telecommunications engineer and is married with five children. They have two other brothers, one of whom was born after the family moved to the United Kingdom. He is a Muslim and a strong supporter of Muslim writers.
Height & Weight
As an athlete, it’s surely a must for Mo to be fit, and as such we have no doubt that he has a good physique, even though he is on the gangly side. Mo has a gangly structure, probably because he is an athlete, but he is unobtrusively tall. He is 1.5 m tall and has a balanced weight of about 58 kg.