LONDON: Britain’s most decorated athlete Mo Farah has received his knighthood from the Queen at the Buckingham Palace.
The four-time Olympic champion, who was honoured for his services to athletics by the Queen on Tuesday, described the moment as “incredible”.
“Over the years you dream of becoming something or doing something in your career, to take it to the highest level and become an Olympic champion – that was always the dream,” the Independent quoted Farah as saying. He added, “As an eight-year-old coming from Somalia and not speaking a word of English, to be recognised by your country, it is incredible.”
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old also revealed that he wanted to run the London Marathon. Farah hanged his boots on his track career after winning 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver at the World Championships in London in August. The British sprinter had retired from track racing in order to concentrate on marathons. The Briton has won ten global titles, and was the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world championships.
e celebrated his gong with his wife Tania after dropping to one knee in front of the Queen.
Farah wore pinstripe trousers with a tophat and tails, plus a cream waistcoat and blue tie. Sir Mo said: “As an eight-year-old coming from Somalia and not speaking a word of English, to be recognised by your country, it is incredible.
“Over the years you dream of becoming something or doing something in your career, to take it to the highest level and become an Olympic champion – that was always the dream.
On being handed the honour by the Queen, Sir Mo said she told him he has been “going too long” and asked him if he has retired.
Quizzed on whether he had taught the monarch to do the Mobot, letting out a loud chuckle, he said no as it is “far too rude – not in Buckingham Palace”. He added: “I’ve got myself a season ticket for Arsenal. So when I come back I am going to enjoy it – back fully into London life. “It is a special occasion for my wife too, she is that person who always supports me and put up with me for so many years.”