Mo Farah Retains 5000m European Title

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 29, 2012
Mo Farah kicks to the finish at the European Championships. Photo: IAAF

The Somali-born British citizen appears to be unstoppable.

One of the world’s greatest distance runners continues to shine. At the first day of the European Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Mo Farah of England won in 13:29.81.

It was a successful defense of the title for Farah, who won the race in the previous European Championships.

Arne Gabius of Germany won the silver, while Polat Kemboi Arikan took the bronze medal.

Farah’s victory was the fastest winning time in the 5000m since Salvatore Antibo’s 13:22 in 1990.

It was the first time a 5000m has been successfully defended in the history of the European Championships. Farah is currently coached by former Boston Marathon champion, Alberto Salazar. He currently lives and trains in Portland, Oregon. He is a heavy favorite for a medal in the 2012 Olympics that take place in Farah’s country of citizenship.

Farah owns multiple British records across a variety of distances.

He was born in Somalia and moved to Britain when he was eight years old.

From: IAAF

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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