Mo Farah

Mo Farah "Twin Ambition" Book Signing at Waterstones in London on October 16, 2013

Farah in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Hussein Abdi Kahin

Place of Birth: Gabiley, Somaliland

Date of birth: 23 March, 1983

Ethnicity: Somali

Mo Farah, full legal name Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah, is a Somali-British world-class long-distance runner, considered one of the greatest of all time. He won the gold medal in the 5,000 meter and the 10,000 meter categories at both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has also won six World titles.

Mo was born as Hussein Abdi Kahin in Somaliland. His father was killed in a war when he was four. He was subsequently sent with his twin Hassan to live with an uncle in Djibouti. He was then trafficked into the U.K. as a child, and placed into domestic servitude. Mo obtained U.K. citizenship in July 2000.

Mo was long said to have been born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and to have moved to England to join his father at the age of eight. His cousin, Yonis Farah, is a Somali footballer. He took the name Mohamed Farah from another child’s passport.

Mo is a devout Muslim and prays before each race.

Mo is married to Tania Nell, with whom he has three children.

Mo’s grandfather was named Jama. Jama was born in the British protectorate of Somaliland.



Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    Knew it. Probably has a decent amount of Arab blood.

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