Sports Character profile: Mo Farah

Sports Character 2015 contender: Mo Farah
BBC Sports Character of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC A single, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday, 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He’s like a conductor of an orchestra, they go at his pace, and they are entirely mesmerised” – 1983 Sports Character winner Steve Cram on long-distance runner Mo Farah.

Farah, 32, is the most current contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Character of the Year award on 20 December, as we concentrate on one of the 12 shortlisted nominees every day before the show.

Year in a nutshell

  • 1st man to pull off a ‘triple double’ – triumphing in two athletics events at two World Championships and an Olympics
  • Shrugged off controversy surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar
  • Won third successive 5,000m planet gold medal in Beijing, having currently retained his ten,000m title
  • It completed a magnificent seven – his seventh global track title in a row

What they say – Steve Cram

“He’s had a phenomenal period, one particular which most athletes can only dream about. There had been question marks about 2015, whether or not he could still go to a Planet Championships and do the double, be as very good as he has been, but if something he was much better.

“In Beijing, nobody had a opportunity against him. The only doubt I had in the ten,000m was whether or not he was going to trip up. There is absolutely nothing the other competitors can do.

“Mo has created this aura around himself, to the point exactly where the people he’s competing against are at a large disadvantage right from the very beginning since they genuinely don’t consider they can beat him. He’s like a conductor of an orchestra, they go at his tempo, his pace, and they are totally mesmerised.

“He has created into 1 of the most dedicated athletes I’ve ever seen. He is focused all of the time.”

What you say

Deano: “Can’t see previous any person other than Mo Farah for SPOTY. ten,000m & five,000m gold at the worlds was monumental.”

Grundy: “Now 4 x World Champ, 4 x Euro Champ, 2 x Olympic Champ, 2 x GNR winner, Lisbon half winner and European HM record.”

Matt Davies: “No one comes close to Mo Farah for SPOTY. Became an all-time wonderful this year.”

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