Sir Mo Farah ‘really proud’ of new revelatory documentary about his past (2022)

Sir Mo Farah says he is “really proud” of a new BBC documentary in which he has revealed he was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child.

The four-time Olympic champion said the film, titled The Real Mo Farah, enabled him to “address and learn more” about his past and journey to Britain.

Scores of high-profile figures including politicians and celebrities praised Farah’s “strength and bravery” following the shock revelations.

Speaking in the documentary, he said “the truth is I’m not who you think I am,” adding he needs to tell his real story “whatever the cost”.

The father-of-four, 39, said: “Most people know me as Mo Farah but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality.

“The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

“When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war, you know as a family we were torn apart.

Sir Mo Farah ‘really proud’ of new revelatory documentary about his past (1)Sir Mo, a father of four, says family ‘means everything to me’ (BBC/PA)

“I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.”

Sir Mo, who became the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, said his children have motivated him to be truthful about his past.

(Video) The Real Mo Farah BBC Documentary (full)

“Family means everything to me and you know, as a parent, you always teach your kids to be honest, but I feel like I’ve always had that private thing where I could never be me and tell what’s really happened.

Through this documentary I have been able to address and learn more about what happened in my childhood and how I came to the UK. I'm really proud of it and hope you will tune into @BBC at 9pm on Weds to watch. pic.twitter.com/rqZe41gFm8

— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) July 11, 2022

“I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it and often my kids ask questions, ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that.

“That’s the main reason in telling my story because I want to feel normal and… don’t feel like you’re holding on to something.”

Sir Mo’s wife Tania Farah said in the year leading up to their 2010 wedding she realised “there was lots of missing pieces to his story” but she eventually “wore him down with the questioning” and he told the truth.

During the documentary, Sir Mo said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives and recalled going through a UK passport check under the guise of Mohamed at the age of nine.

Sir Mo Farah ‘really proud’ of new revelatory documentary about his past (2)British citizenship was granted to Sir Mo 20 years ago (BBC/PA)

He said: “I had all the contact details for my relative and once we got to her house, the lady took it off me and right in front of me ripped them up and put it in the bin and at that moment I knew I was in trouble.”

The athlete travelled back to his childhood home in Hounslow recalling “not great memories” where he was not treated as part of the family.

(Video) Olympic champion Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked as a child | Nightline

“If I wanted food in my mouth my job was to look after those kids, shower them, cook for them, clean for them, and she said, ‘If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything. If you say anything, they will take you away.’

“So she told (me) ‘you don’t talk about anything’ otherwise I was in big trouble and I guess for me the only things that I could do, (that was) in my control was to run away from this was get out and run,” he said.

Sir Mo eventually told his PE teacher Alan Watkinson the truth and moved to live with his friend’s mum, Kinsi, who “really took great care” of him and he ended up staying for seven years.

Sir Mo Farah ‘really proud’ of new revelatory documentary about his past (3)The Rio Olympics champion named his son Hussein after his real identity (Mike Egerton/PA)

It was Mr Watkinson who applied for Sir Mo’s British citizenship – which he described as a “long process” – and on July 25 2000 Sir Mo was recognised as a British citizen.

Sir Mo, who named his son Hussein after his real identity, said: “I often think about the other Mohamed Farah, the boy whose place I took on that plane and I really hope he’s OK.

“Wherever he is, I carry his name and that could cause problems now for me and my family.

“The important thing is for me to just be able to say ‘look, this is what’s happened’ and just being honest, really.”

In the documentary, a barrister tells Sir Mo that although he was trafficked into the country as a small child and he told the relevant authorities the truth, there is still a “real risk” his British nationality could be taken away as it was obtained by misrepresentations.

But it is understood the Home Office will not be taking any action against Sir Mo and he will not be deprived of his citizenship.

Sir Mo Farah ‘really proud’ of new revelatory documentary about his past (4)Sir Mo has referred to ‘protecting himself’ with his identity (BBC/PA)

The department’s guidance makes clear it assumes a child is not complicit in gaining citizenship by deception, stating: “If the person was a child at the time the fraud, false representation or concealment of material fact was perpetrated (that led to citizenship), the caseworker should assume that they were not complicit in any deception by their parent or guardian.”

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Speaking to his wife, Sir Mo said: “I don’t think I was ever ready to say anything – not because you want to lie, but because you’re protecting yourself.

“(I) think you only realise later on down the line it’s OK to let things out and say how it happened.

“But in this, I think you know I was trafficked and that’s what it feels like.”

The documentary ends with Sir Mo speaking to the real Mohamed Farah whose identity he took entering the UK, before adding Sir Mo will continue to go by the name he was given when he entered the UK.

This is incredible bravery. Unimaginable what @Mo_Farah has been through. Child trafficking is the worst of crimes. His courage & strength in speaking out must be an urgent spur for much stronger action to help all those affected & to stop this terrible crime. https://t.co/0Gzw0QX9i3

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) July 11, 2022

Following the announcement of the documentary, Sir Mo tweeted: “Through this documentary I have been able to address and learn more about what happened in my childhood and how I came to the UK.

“I’m really proud of it and hope you will tune into @BBC at 9pm on Weds to watch.”

Celebrities including Judi Love and David Baddiel were among those to voice their support for the athlete, describing him as a “hero” who has made people “proud to be British”.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper tweeted: “This is incredible bravery.

(Video) How PE teacher saved Mo Farah from a life of 'slavery' after he was trafficked to the UK

“Unimaginable what @Mo_Farah has been through. Child trafficking is the worst of crimes.

Whether he’s Sir Mo Farah or Hussein Abdi Kahin he’s a hero. pic.twitter.com/dMGiZBJaQI

— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) July 11, 2022

“His courage & strength in speaking out must be an urgent spur for much stronger action to help all those affected & to stop this terrible crime.”

Lisa Nandy, shadow secretary of state for levelling up, said the athlete’s decision to speak out could be a “gamechanger”.

“I spent a decade working with children who were trafficked to the UK and everything about this is heartbreaking,” she wrote.

You just never know what someone is carrying. @Mo_Farah ❤️ https://t.co/XWObKGBZAe

— Judi Love (@1Judilove) July 11, 2022

“But it could also be a gamechanger so thank you @Mo_Farah for having the courage to speak out.”

Comedian Baddiel shared a picture of the pair, writing: “Whether he’s Sir Mo Farah or Hussein Abdi Kahin he’s a hero.”

(Video) Mo Farah relieved after a backing from UK government

Comedian and presenter Love added: “You just never know what someone is carrying.”

The Real Mo Farah will air at 6am on BBC iPlayer and 9pm on BBC One on July 13.

FAQs

What is Sir Mo Farah famous for? ›

Mo Farah, in full Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah, birth name Hussein Abdi Kahin, (born March 23, 1983, Somalia), Somalian-born British distance runner who won gold medals in both the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre races at both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

How much money does Mo Farah have? ›

According to The Sun, Mo Farah's net worth is estimated to be around £4 million - thanks to his success on the track and endorsement deals.

How long is Mo Farah documentary? ›

60 minutes

Can Mo Farah speak English? ›

1- Farah couldn't speak English as a child

Mo Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia but he spent a great portion of his childhood in Djibouti. He was eight years old when he moved to the UK to live with his father Mukhtar Farah. It was not an easy transition for Mo Farah as he couldn't speak a word of English.

Why is Mo Farah inspirational? ›

Mo Farah has been praised as an inspirational figure by friends and politicians after the Olympic medallist revealed he was trafficked into Britain under the name of another child as a nine-year-old, and forced into domestic servitude.

How much is Mo Farah worth 2022? ›

What is Mo Farah's net worth? As of 2022, Sir Mo Farah has a net worth of around £4million after winning four gold medals for Team GB.

How fast does Mo Farah run a marathon? ›

Based on predictive models using a runner's best time at 10,000 meters — Farah's was 26:46.57, the 35th-fastest time ever run — his marathon best of 2:05:11 “is very reasonable,” Dr. Joyner said. “Not everybody is Kipchoge,” he said of Farah.

How fast can Mo Farah run 5k? ›

How fast does Mo Farah run? Farah, 39, was born in Somalia and moved to Britain at the age of nine. The running superstar won gold in the 5km and 10km at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. His personal best over 5km is 12mins 53.11secs, recorded in Monaco in 2011.

What car does Mo Farah drive? ›

Mo Farah – Jaguar F-Type SVR

I've likened Mo to one of the best sporting grand tourers – the Jaguar F-Type. Go for the 568bhp range-topping SVR and its 3.7 second 0-60 is somewhat quicker than Mo's 27:30.42 10,000 m gold time.

What is Mo Farah documentary about? ›

What is the Mo Farah documentary about? The documentary tells the story of how at the age of nine years old, Mo was taken from Djibouti and flown to the UK by a woman he had never met before, who told him he was going to live with relatives in Europe.

What TV channel is Mo Farah documentary on? ›

BBC One - The Real Mo Farah.

Is Mo Farah documentary on Netflix? ›

Watch Mo Farah, No Easy Mile | Netflix.

How many lives did Mo Farah have left in the Cube? ›

But Farah did it in style. As a flabbergasted host Phillip Schofield watched on, the sportsman zipped his way through the early games, losing just two lives on his way to the final challenge. With seven lives to play around with, Farah decided he was more than up to the task. And indeed he was.

Why was Mo Farah separated from his twin brother? ›

This all changed drastically when Mo Farah was taken away from his family and trafficked into the UK by a woman he had never met before. Hassan, felt as though a part of him had been ripped away, he said: “It was lonely. Twins are supposed to grow together into adulthood but we never had that opportunity.

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What is Mo Farah doing now? ›

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Is Mo Farah running the London Marathon? ›

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from Sunday's London Marathon with a hip injury. It would have been the 39-year-old's first full marathon since 2019.

Where does Tania Nell come from? ›

What is Usain Bolt's net worth? ›

He has an unofficial record in the 150 meters. The proud owner of eight Olympic golds and 19 Guinness World Records, Usain Bolt has turned speed into a highly lucrative franchise. According to CelebrityNetWorth's estimate, Usain Bolt's net worth is around $90 million.

Where is Tania Farah from? ›

How much is Mo the runner worth? ›

Mo Farah net worth: Mo Farah is a Somali-British runner who has a net worth of $5 million dollars. Mo Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and moved to the UK when he was eight.
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Mo Farah Net Worth.
Net Worth:$5 Million
Profession:Track and field athlete
Nationality:United Kingdom
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Who is the world's best marathon runner? ›

Eliud Kipchoge EGH (English: /ˌɛliˈuːd kɪpˈtʃoʊɡə/ EL-ee-OOD kip-CHOH-gə; born 9 November 1984) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon and formerly specialized at the 5000 metre distance.

What is the fastest 5k time ever? ›

As for a 5k road race, the current men's record is 12:49, held by Ethiopia's Berihu Aregawi. This recent record was set on December 31, 2021. Now, onto the women. The current 5000-meter world record holder is Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey, with a time of 14:06.62.

What is Usain Bolt's 5k time? ›

19.19 - Usain Bolt
DistanceFinish timeWorld Record
5000m7:59.7512:35.36
5k road7:59.7512:49
10000m15:59.5026:11
10k road15:59.5026:24
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Is 22 minutes a good 5k time? ›

Running a 5k in 22 minutes is an appropriate goal if you've run a 5k in 24 minutes or faster. If you have yet to run fairly close to this time, you might want to start with running 5k in 25 minutes. You should also be able to run one mile in 7 minutes, as this will be your race pace for 5k in 22 minutes. What is this?

What is the quickest marathon? ›

2:01:09

Is a 5k in 30 minutes good? ›

Many beginner runners complete their first 5k in between 30 to 40 minutes, so a sub-30 minute 5k is a fantastic time.

Who is Mo Farah's twin brother? ›

Mo Farah

Where does Sir Mo Farah Live? ›

When did Mo Farah come to the UK? ›

Sir Mo says he was about eight or nine years old when he was taken from home to stay with family in Djibouti. He was then flown over to the UK by a woman he had never met and wasn't related to. She told him he was being taken to Europe to live with relatives there - something he says he was "excited" about.

Is the Mo Farah documentary on iPlayer? ›

BBC iPlayer - The Real Mo Farah.

How can I watch BBC iPlayer in USA? ›

Here's how to watch BBC iPlayer in USA:

Sign up for one of the VPNs mentioned below (we recommend NordVPN). Download and install the app, making sure to get the right version for your device's operating system. Connect to one of your VPN's British servers. Sign in to BBC iPlayer and try loading a video.

Where is the Mo Farah documentary? ›

Sir Mo Farah has revealed the truth about his youth as a child trafficked to the UK from Somaliland in a new BBC documentary. The Real Mo Farah will air on BBC One on Wednesday July 13 at 9pm, and on BBC iPlayer at 6am.

Does Mo Farah have a world record? ›

Sir Mo is British and European record holder over 1500metres with a time of 3mins 28.81secs. In September 2020 he broke the world record for a 1 hour run - clocking in 21,330 metres (13.25 miles). Over the course of a marathon (26.2miles), his best time is 2hour 5min 11secs, set in Chicago in 2018.

How fast does Mo Farah run 5K? ›

How fast can Sir Mo Farah run 5K? Farah's 5,000m PB is a blisteringly quick 12:53:11 – a time he clocked at the Monaco Diamond League in 2011 where he set a British record. The closest he's been to that time since was at the Diamond League in Eugune, USA the following year, where he ran 12:56.98.

How fast does Mo Farah run 10k? ›

10,000m – 26:46.57 AR. 1 Hour – 21,285m WB. Half Marathon – 59:22 NR.

How many lives did Mo Farah have left in the Cube? ›

But Farah did it in style. As a flabbergasted host Phillip Schofield watched on, the sportsman zipped his way through the early games, losing just two lives on his way to the final challenge. With seven lives to play around with, Farah decided he was more than up to the task. And indeed he was.

What is the fastest 5k time ever? ›

As for a 5k road race, the current men's record is 12:49, held by Ethiopia's Berihu Aregawi. This recent record was set on December 31, 2021. Now, onto the women. The current 5000-meter world record holder is Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey, with a time of 14:06.62.

How many days a week does Mo Farah run? ›

It was this training program that Farah used to win double Olympic Gold in the 5000m and 10000m at both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games The program involves running up to a maximum of 135 miles (217km) per week with no rest days and two sessions every day but Sunday, when he typically does ...

Has anyone ran a sub 2 hour marathon? ›

Eliud Kipchoge proved No Human Is Limited when he became the first human in history to run a sub-two-hour marathon in the city of Vienna, Austria this morning. Kipchoge ran the 42.195KM distance in a remarkable time of 1:59:40:2.

How fast should I run a mile for my age? ›

Average running speed per mile in a 5K
AgeMen (minutes per mile)Women (minutes per mile)
16–199:3412:09
20–249:3011:44
25–2910:0311:42
30–3410:0912:29
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What is Usain Bolt's 5K time? ›

19.19 - Usain Bolt
DistanceFinish timeWorld Record
5000m7:59.7512:35.36
5k road7:59.7512:49
10000m15:59.5026:11
10k road15:59.5026:24
10 more rows

Is 24 minutes a good 5K time? ›

As you can see, most of the average runners run 5K in a 25 to 35 mins range. Less than 17 mins: These are exceptional runners. Some of the best athletes and regular runners can run 5K in less than 17 mins.

Who is the world's best marathon runner? ›

Eliud Kipchoge EGH (English: /ˌɛliˈuːd kɪpˈtʃoʊɡə/ EL-ee-OOD kip-CHOH-gə; born 9 November 1984) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon and formerly specialized at the 5000 metre distance.

What is the quickest marathon? ›

2:01:09

Who is the fastest runner of the world? ›

Usain Bolt's 100m records

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is regarded as the fastest man on the planet. Usain Bolt, however, was already in possession of the title and was only bettering his own times. The Jamaican first held the 100m world record in 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix in the Icahn Stadium in New York.

Has any one beaten The Cube? ›

The only person to compete in the final round (and win) on The Cube was Mo Farah, a British long-distance runner who won gold medals in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. The athlete competed in a 2012 charity special and donated the grand prize of £250,000.

Is The Cube coming back 2022? ›

LOS ANGELES (February 14, 2022) -- TBS today announced that its high-octane competition series, “The Cube,” hosted by three-time NBA Champion, Olympic Gold medalist, and one of the NBA's 75 all-time greatest players, Dwyane Wade, has been renewed for a second season.

What is the most money won on The Cube? ›

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Two El Pasoans took their skills to the next level as they competed on TBS' new game show, “The Cube,” hosted by former NBA star Dwyane Wade, winning $50,000.

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