Sir Mo Farah and his wife Tania,
King of the track Sir Mo Farah has received his knighthood from the Queen, describing the moment as “incredible” and something he never imagined would happen.
The four-time Olympic champion was honoured at Buckingham Palace yesterday for his services to athletics, and swapped his running kit for a top hat and full morning suit.
Sir Mo, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, will be moving back to London from the US to concentrate on road marathons.
“Over the years you dream of becoming something or doing something in your career, to take it to the highest level and become an Olympic champion – that was always the dream,” Sir Mo said.
“As an eight-year-old coming from Somalia and not speaking a word of English, to be recognised by your country, it is incredible.”
On being handed the honour by the Queen, Sir Mo said she told him he has been “going too long” and asked him if he has retired.
“I said ‘no, I am going to run the London Marathon – I want to go into roads’. She said that’s marvellous,” Sir Mo said.
Quizzed on whether he had taught the monarch to do the Mobot, letting out a loud chuckle, he said no as it is “far too rude – not in Buckingham Palace”.
Sir Mo revealed he is back in London for the moment, with plans to move permanently next year.
“I’ve got myself a season ticket for Arsenal. So when I come back I am going to enjoy it – back fully into London life,” he said.
Asked if he is aiming for the next Olympics in Tokyo, Sir Mo said “we will see” and that it depends on how the London Marathon goes.
Attending the ceremony with his wife Tania, Sir Mo said: “It is a special occasion for my wife too, she is that person who always supports me.”
SPORTING GESTURE: Mo Farah does his signature Mobot move outside the palace BY GEORGINA STUBBS