Sir Mo adds knight­hood to his medal col­lec­tion

Hon­ours: Track king’ s day at palace

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY GE­ORGINA STUBBS

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.”

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