Farah Wins His Second Gold Medal For Britain, In The 5,000m

Aug 12, 2012

British runner Mo Farah has won the men’s 5,000 meters, sending Olympic Stadium into a frenzy. His time of 13:41.66 barely edged Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia.

Farah is now the sixth man in Olympic history to have won both the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the same Summer Games. He emerged at the front of the pack 700 meters from the finish, and held on to stay ahead of Gebremeskel.

11808Great BritainFARAH Mohamed13:41.66
FARAH Mohamed
21688EthiopiaGEBREMESKEL Dejen13:41.98
32310KenyaLONGOSIWA Thomas Pkemei13:42.36
LONGOSIWA Thomas Pkemei
43231United States of AmericaLAGAT Bernard13:42.99
52307KenyaKOECH Isiah Kiplangat13:43.83
62456MoroccoIGUIDER Abdalaati13:44.19
73250United States of AmericaRUPP Galen13:45.04
82495MexicoBARRIOS Juan Luis13:45.30
91095AzerbaijanIBRAHIMOV Hayle13:45.37
103232United States of AmericaLOMONG Lopez13:48.19
111689EthiopiaGEBRHIWET Hagos13:49.59
121677EthiopiaALAMIREW Yenew13:49.68
131553DjiboutiGALA Mumin13:50.26
141293CanadaLEVINS Cameron13:51.87
153114UgandaKIPSIRO Moses Ndiema13:52.25


Born in Mogadishu, Somalia on 23 March 1983, Farah spent the majority of his childhood in Djibouti.  He later moved to Britain at the age of 8 years old to join his father, speaking barely a word of English. Farah’s father was born in England and grew up in Hounslow, London; his parents met after his father went on holiday to Somalia.

For his education, he attended Feltham Community College in London. Farah’s athletic talent was identified by physical education teacher Alan Watkinson at Isleworth and Syon School, who later said of him: “When I first met him, he was struggling academically and suffering from the language barrier. He needed focus and I sort of took him under my wing. His passion was football but it was his turn of speed on the pitch that showed his real talent.” His ambition was to play as a right winger for Arsenal and Watkinson would encourage Farah by allowing him to play half an hour of football before their training sessions.