Mo Farah has become an icon in British sport since his two gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres.

The Somali-born runner has also added the 10,000 metres World Championship gold at the weekend to go with an ever-growing list of accolades.

The London Olympics really gave Farah the platform to become an idol for so many youngsters across the world. His manner of victory, his infectious smile and his genuine interviews were such key parts of the Games making him now instantly recognisable. He strikes me as being a very dignified person and is clearly devoted to his family.

He started life in Mogadishu, one of the most deprived cities in the world, but he moved to England at the age of eight to live with his father. Initially Farah struggled at school due to speaking very little English but he discovered a talent for running which gave him an opportunity to excel.

He has worked very hard to be where he is today and nobody should doubt the dedication that Farah has, not only to get where he is today but also to continue his success.

All this effort and dedication culminated on that Super Saturday last year in London when Farah captivated a nation by capturing gold and ensured one of the greatest outpourings of jubilation ever witnessed at a sporting event. That moment itself will have inspired many to follow in his footsteps. How could it not inspire people?

Who can forget his trademark 'Mobot' celebration which he now uses to promote his charity activities.

There is no doubt he has benefited greatly from his exploits but Farah, a devout Muslim, is at pains to help others. In 2011 he set up his own Mo Farah Foundation and is an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards. He takes his religion very seriously.

Farah has suggested that after the World Championships he will concentrate on road running rather than track races. Whatever he decides to do it is clear that if youngsters want a role model to follow then he is a perfect example in this modern world.

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