August 5, 2012 ·111 Comments
Olympic champion, Mo Farah carries the flags of Great Britain and Somaliland in Barcelona.
DUBAI — After outsprinting his African rivals and securing the first ever British gold medal in the men’s 10,000m, Mohamed Farah has became an overnight sensation in the Arab World.
The 29-year-old, who originally hails from Somaliland, received a massive media coverage last night in the Arab World after downing rival Ethiopian athletes and brothers, Tariku Bekele and Kenenisa.
His victory, did not only send the 80,000-strong spectators at the Olympic Stadium into a frenzy but also sent massive rapture into the Arab World.
From the native homeland of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia to Tunisia, Mo Farah drew millions of viewers and overwhelming support.
He has been covered on all the leading journals, televisions stations and blogs. All the media hailed him as one of their own saying Mohamed’s Somali background made him an Arab athlete. He was fully embraced in the Arab World as the son of a Somal (Somali).
Media in Egypt greeted Mo Farah’s historical win, terming him as a British man of “Muslim and an Arab origin, with the same name as Islam’s Prophet”.
Likewise, the Somali people overwhelming welcomed his win — congratulating him and the GB team for their golden hat-trick last night. In what was Great Britain’s greatest hour in over a century, Mo Farah delivered their third gold after Jessica Ennis’s victory in the heptathlon and a gold from Greg Rutherford in the long jump in the same venue.
It took him 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds to complete the 25-lap race ahead of his American training partner Galen Rupp, who crossed the line half a second behind.
Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele settled for the bronze in 27 minutes, 31 seconds, outkicking his older brother and two-time defending Olympic champion, Kenenisa.
Mo Farah said Saturday was the best day in his life. “This is what we train for, why we put in all the hard work week in and week out, put in over 100 miles a week. Then, to have the Olympics right on your doorstep and to become Olympic champion, it doesn’t get any better than that,” he told British media.
On Wednesday, all eyes will be on him again as he tries to win a second gold in the 5,000m race that will take 12.5 laps. He will meet rivals from Ethiopia, Kenya and the EU. Again he is expected to draw massive support from Great Britain, Arab World and Africa.
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