"Eat, sleep, train.That's all I have done. You just keep running, running and running. And sometimes it's hard, but I want to be a champion" said Mo Farah after winning the 5000 metres gold at the 2011 world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea. His mission statement maybe simple, but the things that the 30-year-old runner has managed to achive during his long career are anything but simple.
On Friday, the Brition went down in the history books as just the second man to achieve the 'double double', winning the 5000 and 10,000m races at the Olympics and the world championships. After his triumph he said: "It was great, it was amazing, I got what I wanted and it wasn't easy from last year to this year, because I had to work twice as hard."
Mo was the defending champion and favourite to win the 5000, but the 10000 was a different matter altogether after what happened in the 2011 world championships where he finished second best behind Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia. But this time in Korea, the two-time Olympic champion relegated Jeilan to the silver. This performance prompted marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe to say: " It puts Mo up there as the greatest male distance runner that Britain's ever produced."