Born in Somaliland, Farah moved to the UK as a child. He was originally based in London and ran for Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club, training at St Mary's University College, Twickenham from 2001 to 2011.
“Yeah, it was my greatest performance ever,” he conceded. “And one of the toughest races of my life. The guys gave it to me – it was about, ‘How do we beat Mo?’
“I wasn’t thinking I was going to lose, but I thought, ‘This is tough. This is tough.’” The race was also wild and stormy, and several times Farah was spiked by his opponents’ shoes and nearly stumbled on the last lap. “That trip caught me a little bit on my leg and I got a few cuts,” he said.
“But I just had to be strong. I didn’t want to go down and I had to fight and be strong.
“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there it was going to be tough. It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before. It helped a lot having that experience.
“To have my family on the track is very special.”
Afterwards he was sporting a bandage on his left leg but insisted he would be fit to defend his 5,000m crown next week.
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