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Farah hails perfect summer

14th September 2012, 04:37pm

Farah: Glorious summer for Great Britain

Farah: Glorious summer for Great Britain

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah admits Britain's "perfect" sporting summer is unlikely ever to be repeated.

The nation is still basking in the after-glow of hosting hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games, while Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France heroics and Andy Murray's US Open win mean 2012 will stand out as a year to remember.

Farah said: "We will never have another summer like this. We cannot do this again. It's been a perfect summer of sport.

"We have had the Olympics and Paralympics on our doorstep, but then there's also been Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France and Andy Murray winning a Grand Slam. Brits just don't do that."

Farah's stunning victories in the 10,000m and 5,000m ended Great Britain's long wait for a men's long distance gold medal and, in the process, established the Somalia-born athlete as a household name.

His new-found fame has taken him by surprise, but he insists he will not allow it to interfere with the business of attempting to remain at the pinnacle of his sport.

He said: "As athletes, you cannot forget what gets you here in the first place, and that's the training.

"I have to keep my feet on the ground. I have a great team around me and they keep my feet on the ground, and I have to keep doing what they tell me to do.

"If you don't have that, it could lead to other ways."

Farah has found himself in demand since lighting up the Olympic Stadium with his stunning finals performances, and he is repeatedly asked to perform his "Mobot" celebration, famously mimicked by sprint superstar Usain Bolt.

He said: "Everyone's been so nice. They recognise me in the supermarket, when I'm out having a meal, all over. People are just genuinely nice.

"How can you say 'No' to somebody when they are asking you for a picture or an autograph nicely? They just want to say 'Well done' really, and it's been brilliant.

"I was in a restaurant the other day with a mouthful of food, and someone came up to me and asked me to do the Mobot. I just had to say, 'Sorry, I'm having my food.' But I don't regret inventing it at all - it's been brilliant."

The 29-year-old, who will run in a two-mile international guest race at the Great North CityGames on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside, has seen his life change immeasurably during the last few weeks, and no more so than as a result of the birth of his twin daughters, Aisha and Amani.

Farah said: "Compared to winning the Olympics, starting out life with twins is completely different.

"When I'm training, I go up in the mountains and switch off while I run. I work really hard, but having twins is equally as tough.

"I have two beautiful little girls and I'm seeing them grow up every week. It's going to be so much fun watching them grow up until they get to the point where I have to say, 'No, you're not doing this or that'. You can't compare the two sides of my life.

"I'm in control when I'm training. But the twins can wake up at any time of the day or night, they can poo at any time of the day or night as well.

"It's completely different, but I'm enjoying it. It's great. All that goes on in my athletics career must come to an end at some point, but my family life will go on and the kids will be there. That's really important to me."

Life has also changed for long jump champion Greg Rutherford, who won his gold medal on "Super Saturday", the same night as Farah triumphed in the 10,000m and Jess Ennis claimed her heptathlon crown.

Rutherford, who will take on American Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor in the long jump event tomorrow, said: "I'm here, there and everywhere at the moment, meeting all kinds of people.

"It's weird because they are people I'm used to seeing on the TV or listening to on the radio. It's really strange that they know me as well.

"I was in a hotel reception the other day and Roger Moore was in there. We had a little chat in the lobby, which was really, really weird. He said 'Congratulations' - I think he'd been slightly prepped before, but it was nice.

"It's just weird. You never really deem people you see as being famous as people who would watch my sport. I don't know what it is about but when you see these guys and say 'Congratulations' it's very strange.

"I keep thinking people think I'm Ed Sheeran or something! I'm trying to check that they actually know who I am. But it's amazing and it's so nice."

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