August 21, 2012 ·6 Comments
MO Farah’s secret twin yesterday broke his silence and revealed: “I could have won Olympic gold too.”
Hassan Farah was separated from Mo when they were aged just eight.
He stayed behind in war-ravaged Somalia while his brother was sent by the family to Britain.
Mo will earn an estimated £2.5million a year following his historic 5,000m and 10,000m double triumph at London 2012 earlier this month.
But Hassan remains in the town of Hargeisa in his poverty-stricken homeland. Hassan, 29, said of their childhood together: “Mo and I were on a par as runners.
“Sometimes I would beat him, sometimes he would be beat me.
“But now he has the most technically advanced training and advice available in the world, and I have had nothing.”
Hassan added: “Who knows what I could have become? We could have been famous twin Olympic athletes.
“But he’s my brother, I love him and I rejoice in his great successes.” Hassan, a telecoms engineer, says he hopes to visit his mega-star brother in Britain.
The identical pair were parted when their dad Muktar fled the bloodshed by coming to Britain, where he could only afford to support three of his children.
Mo, along with older brothers Liban and Omar, joined their father in London, while Hassan and his other siblings stayed behind in East Africa.
Mo’s sisters Ifrah and Nimo and their mother Amran earn a living on a remote farm. Nimo, whose two-year-old son suffers from polio, said: “Life is so hard here. We hope Mo’s success will mean he can help us.”
Mum Amran added: “I could burst with happiness at Mo’s success. He’s my wonderful son, my hero.”
Mo, who lives in London with wife Tania, 26, and step-daughter Rihanna, seven, has visited his family in Somalia in the past.
He has also launched a charity to help Somalian youngsters develop their sporting skills.
Source: Daily Star
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By goth Mohamed