World conquering Farah wants to be a dad first, and the best British athlete of all time second (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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World conquering Farah wants to be a dad first, and the best British athlete of all time second
11:32am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
By Charlie Talbot-Smith
The great and the good of British sport are queuing up to anoint Mo Farah as the best British athlete of all time but there is only one thing the double world champion wants to be called right now: Dad.
Farah secured his legacy in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium last week as he completed the World Athletics Championships long-distance double of gold in both the 10,000m and 5,000m.
Add that to his 10k and 5k double at London 2012 and his gold and silver from Daegu 24 months ago and it is not hard to see why even Lord Sebastian Coe has called him Britain’s greatest ever athlete.
Farah kicked things off on day one in Russia as he stormed to the 10,000m title before returning to the track to do it all over again in the 5,000m on Friday – one of only two athletes to compete in both showpieces.
After crossing the line following his 5,000m success the Somalian-born star immediately went looking for his family in the crowd who have had to play second fiddle to his running career for the last five months.
“It’s amazing to have people (like Lord Coe) saying such great things about me,” said Farah.
“It’s something I’ve worked so hard for but all I was thinking about was my kids and how much I’ve been away from them and all the hard work I’ve put into this so I wasn’t going to let that go.
“It’s very difficult, the twins are growing so fast and I haven’t been around so much for the last four or five months, I’ve been in and out of their lives, they don’t really recognise me.
“I’m looking forward to spending time with them and I’ll enjoy that time.”
For a man who has now won both track long distance gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships – only the second to do so after Kenenisa Bekele – you would think Farah would be hard pressed to pick his favourite.
But for the 30-year-old you are only as good as your last victory and he claimed his 5,000m win was the best so far.
“The 5,000m was by far the sweetest of victories for me,” said Farah.
“I had a stitch early on in the race, it took a lot to get over that. My legs were OK but certainly a lot more heavy than the other guys that had not run the 10k.
“I thought the race would go harder but it suited me. It all worked out well and I managed to go the front to control the race.
“I was confident from having won a fast 1500m and some quick finishes in recent races that if it came down to the end with my speed I would be able to come home strong.”
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