Sunday 17 November 2019

Mo Farah says super-stardom won’t make him lose his focus

MO Farah is adamant he will not let his focus waver, despite his elevation to sporting super-stardom.

'Mo Mania' was in full force at the Alexander Stadium for the double Olympic champion's return to action at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix yesterday, with screaming fans performing his trademark Mobot celebration throughout the stands.

Such attention, on top of two new additions to the family after his wife Tania gave birth to twin daughters on Friday, means the 29-year-old has plenty to keep him occupied.

But he will not change the routine which made him the 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion.

Farah, who won at a canter over two miles in Birmingham, said: "If I wasn't running well and winning medals I wouldn't be in this situation, so it's important that you get on with what you do and what got you there and you don't forget that.

"Next year it's going to be a harder year, because there are a lot more people with their eyes on me, who are hungry and want to beat me.

"When you are at the top it's hard to stay at the top, so I've got to keep that in my mind and stay motivated.

"I've got to keep doing what I'm doing."

And he only needs to take a leaf out of Usain Bolt's book if he requires any reassuring of the recipe for sustained success.

The pair, who memorably swapped celebrations on the podium at London 2012, share the same agent and Farah said: "I've known him for so long.

"When I got married he sent me a video message to congratulate me.

"He's just a normal guy you can have a laugh with and he's a great athlete. What he's done for the sport is unbelievable. Not many people used to be big fans of athletics - it was always football.

"But thanks to him there're lot more people watching athletics."

Farah, if the near-13,000 capacity crowd and star-struck spectators at the Alexander Stadium were anything to go by, might just have the same effect on the British public.

"It's important that we give back something to the sport," said Farah, who was born in Somalia, but moved to Britain at the age of eight.

"For me, in the future I would like to help kids and show them the right path and what it takes.

"I was just a lad, running around, playing football and at a young age didn't take it so seriously.

"Maybe if I had taken it seriously then I would have achieved a bit more over the years. But I'm glad everything's gone well. Sometimes you need to have a laugh when you're younger."

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