Mo Farah re­ceives his knight­hood

Western Mail - - NEWS -

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 a cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace yes­ter­day for his ser­vices to ath­let­ics.

Sir Mo, who called time on his track ca­reer at the end of the sum­mer, will be mov­ing back to London from the United States to con­cen­trate on run­ning 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 Maratho’. She said ‘that’s mar­vel­lous’,” Sir Mo said.

> Four-time Olympic cham­pion Sir Mo Farah and his wife Ta­nia at Buck­ing­ham Palace yes­ter­day

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