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Mo Farah

In retaining his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at Rio 2016, Mo Farah became Great Britain's most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.

It also made him only the second man in history, after Lasse Viren in 1972 and 1976, to retain both long-distance crowns.

At the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of a passionate home crowd, Farah had run the race of his life to win the 10,000m and become the last of three British athletes to win gold in a 46-minute spell inside the Olympic Stadium.

He followed up his victory on a night dubbed “Super Saturday” by the UK media by winning the 5,000m and dedicated his two golds to his unborn twin daughters, while his personalised victory dance became known as the 'Mobot'.

Farah went on to capture the distance double in the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, making him a strong favourite to repeat the feat at Rio 2016.

He won the 10,000m despite a fall on the 10th lap and held off the field in the 5,000m after a fast race.

Born a twin in Mogadishu, Somalia, Farah was nine when he, his mother and younger siblings joined his father in the UK. He mainly lives and trains in Portland, Oregon, USA, and is a fan of Premier League side Arsenal FC, once saying he wants to become the club's fitness coach one day.


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Mo Farah Mo Farah of Great Britain wins the 10,000m at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)