A successful junior athlete when he won the European junior 5,000m title in 2001, his first success in the senior circuit was in 2006 at the European track and field championships where he won the silver. At the 2007 and 2009 world championships, with African athletes also in the fray, he finished a creditable sixth and seventh respectively.
In full flight
At the European championships in 2010, he won the 10,000m and 5,000m double. His fledgling athletic career was now in full flight. A year and a handful of races later, he became the first Brit to win the world 5,000m title.
Despite being born in a country stricken by poverty and lawlessness, Farah’s is not a rags-to-riches story. By his own admission his early life was a fairly comfortable one.
But for an athlete from Somalia, who landed in London speaking little English, to be regarded as one of Britain’s biggest hopes for success in 2012 Olympics is a great achievement in itself. He has become a symbol of multi-culturalism in a world where tolerance levels towards immigrants are fast approaching zero.
Source: The Hindu