Sir Mohamed Farah is a British long-distance runner. In 1996, at the age of 13, he entered the English schools cross-country and finished ninth. The following year he won the first of five English school titles.
As of 2021, Farah is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games. He won gold medals in both 2012 and 2016 Olympics, in both the 5000m and 10,000m events. Farah is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000m and 10,000m titles at successive Olympic Games. He also completed in the 'distance double' at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He was the second man in history, after Kenenisa Bekele, to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to defend both distance titles in both major global competitions. Since finishing 2nd in the 10,000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Farah had an unbroken streak of ten global final wins. The streak ended in Farah's final championship track race, when he finished second to Ethiopia's Muktar Edris in the 2017 5000 metres final.
In his final track race, the 2017 Diamond League Final in Zurich in August 2017, Farah gained his revenge, edging out world champion Edris to win his only IAAF Diamond League title at 5000 metres. On 7 August 2017, Farah became a global ambassador for Marathon Kids.