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Mo Farah Receives Top European Award

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 9, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM UTC
Mo Farah is on top of the world. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The Somali-born British citizen continues to receive recognition for his Olympic success.

The honors and awards for Britain’s Mo Farah keep rolling in.

This time the double Olympic gold medalist (5,000m and 10,000m) was voted as Europe’s top performer by fans, media, European member federations and a panel of experts appointed by European Athletics.

The Somali-born British citizen won the award last year as well.

He is just the second athlete to retain the title. The first athlete to have this honor was Christian Olsson, a Swedish triple jumper in 2003 and 2004.

Besides the Olympics, Farah has enjoyed success on the European circuit. He defended his 5,000m title at the European Athletics Championships in Helskinki and then, just six weeks later, went on to win two gold medals at the Olympics.

Farah is the first person to capture long-distance titles at the Olympic Games.

And looking across the entire history of the modern Olympics, Farah is just the seventh man to win the distance double at the Games–he’s also the fifth European.

For More: The Telegraph

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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