Mo Farah Describes ‘Best Moment Of My Life’ After Historic London 2012 Olympic 10,000m Gold
A smiling Mo Farah has described the emotional moment he saw his family run on to the track to congratulate him after winning the Olympic gold in the 10,000m
“It’s the best moment of my life,” said the 29-year-old Londoner.
The new Olympic champion added that without the support of the British crowd – who almost screamed the Olympic stadium into space – he would not have won.
Farah looked stunned when his wife Tania, who is pregnant with twins, and daughter, Rihanna, came trackside after the gruelling race.
Speaking shortly after finishing the epic race, Farah said: “Seeing them [his family] on the track was the best moment of my life.”
“Rihanna’s shoes kept coming off so I told her to take them off and come with me for a lap of honour, but she got scared because the crowd was so loud. She said ‘I don’t want to do it,’” he said, laughing at the moment.
Somali-born Farah made history by becoming the first British athlete to win the brutal 10,000m distance race.
When asked in a press conference if he’d have preferred to run as a Somali, he said to the journalist: “Look mate, this is my country.”
Farah added: “This is where I grew up, this is where I started life. This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I’m proud. I’m very proud.
“The support I got today was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it. It was the best moment of my life.
“If it wasn’t for the crowd and people shouting out my name, cheering and putting the Union Jack up, I don’t think it would have happened.
“To win the Olympics in the place you grew up and went to school just means so much to me.”
On Sunday Twitter was awash with praise for Farah, with users praising his achievements and post-race comments.
Shaawasmund tweeted: “I am so completely moved by @mo_farah story … an example of true greatness for us all.”
Julian Golley wrote: “@Mo_Farah congrats……..the man for the big occasion.”
Tennis player Jamie Murray, older brother of Andy, said: “I can honestly say Mo Farah is one of the nicest most humble people I have ever met. How every champion should be. #mo-bot
Earlier on Saturday, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford completed a memorable night for British athletics. Rutherford took gold in the long jump, while Ennispowered to victory in the 800m to win the heptathlon.
Britain currently sits third in the medal table behind the USA and China.
By Stephen Hull/ The Huffington Post UK
Source: Huffingtonpost UK