Q&A with Mo Farah

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What was your first Olympic Games memory?

The 2000 Games in Sydney – the 10,000m race between Haile Gebreselassie and Paul Tergat – it was a great battle that came down to the wire.

What has been the best athlete performance ever in an Olympic Games?

Emil Zatopek in the 1952 Olympic Games where he won the 5000m and 10,000m & marathon – that would be impossible to do nowadays.

What has been the best ever Olympic Games and why?

Beijing in 2008 was amazing – the Bird’s Nest Stadium, great organisation, packed stadiums every day.

How did you find out London were to host the 2012 Olympics and where were you at the time?

I was driving to a race and stopped at the motorway to hear the result.

What are your hopes for London 2012?

I hope to go into the event in good shape and run to my potential.

Favourite athletics venue?

Crystal Palace in London – I love having the home crowd behind me.

Do you have any ore-competition superstitions?

On the morning of the race I always go for a run wearing long tights regardless of the weather, then in the afternoon I shave my head.

Best friend in athletics?

My training partner Galen Rupp.

Pre-competition meal?

I usually just eat rice or pasta with whatever meat is available at the athlete’s hotel.

Sporting hero?

Muhammad Ali.

What other sports do you like?


If you were not an athlete what would you like to be?


Favourite film?

Man on Fire.

Favourite TV programme?

The Cube.

Favourite music/group?

Tupac Shakur.

Favourite food?

Rice and chicken.

Favourite subject at school?


If you could take 3 people out for dinner who would they be?

Usher, Muhammad Ali and Denzel Washington.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 item would take with you?

iPhone, solar powered iPhone charger, phone & internet network connection.

Dream date?

My family

Interesting unknown fact about yourself?

I couldn’t speak English until I was 9 years old.

Do you have a lucky charm?

A red, white and blue bracelet that I got in Kenya.

What is in your kit bag when you go out onto the track?

Spikes, Lucozade and Nike autograph cards.

Do you have a motivational song, if so what is it?

Tupac – Keep Ya Head Up.


Q&A provided by UK Athletics


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First published on: 4 August, 2012 12:00 am

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