BBC Sports activities Character of the 12 months 2017
Date: Sunday, 17 December Venue: Echo Area, Liverpool Protection: BBC One, Radio 5 dwell, BBC Sport web site

We’re showcasing every of the 12 contenders within the run-up to the Sports activities Character of the 12 months award on 17 December. In the present day – Sir Mo Farah.

Age: 34 Sport: Athletics

12 months in a nutshell

Stormed to his third consecutive world 10,000m gold regardless of virtually falling twice late within the race in London in August.

Additionally received 5,000m silver on the Worlds, lacking out on a fifth main championships distance double in a row. Gained the ultimate monitor race of his profession – over the identical distance at a Diamond League occasion in Zurich – and can now consider highway races.

The Somali-born Londoner, a four-time Olympic champion, acquired a knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in November.

‘Final profitable machine’

Former long-distance runner Brendan Foster, the 1974 BBC Sports activities Character of the 12 months, on Farah.

“He was determined to achieve success. He left the UK behind to coach in America, and confirmed braveness and bravado.

“Mo has been ruthless in his execution, quick, robust and hard-working. He simply loves being on that rostrum. He is a fierce competitor – his coaching, preparation and utility is second to none. He’s the final word profitable machine.

“While you take a look at the document books, he’s proper up there. For my cash he’s the best distance runner of all time. He is been a pleasure to be near and watch.”

Farah the final word profitable machine – Foster

How did he get right here?

Mo Farah with a medal as a youngster
After transferring to England aged eight to hitch his father Mukhtar, the younger Farah’s expertise was quickly noticed (1/5)

Developed an early expertise for working – ending ninth within the English faculties cross-country championship at 13, and profitable the race the next 12 months.

He landed the European junior 5,000m crown in 2001 and, 10 years later, took his first world title within the occasion.

Has since received, and retained, Olympic titles at 5,000m and 10,000m. He’s a triple world champion over each distances.

With 10 main international titles, he’s the world’s most profitable distance runner, and has received the Nice North Run half marathon a document 4 consecutive occasions.

What he stated: “It has been a protracted journey however it’s been unbelievable.”

What you say

Richard H: Mo Farah my choose for SPOTY. Gold and silver on the World Athletics Champs at age 34, most profitable British distance runner ever, received Nice North Run once more, knighthood, all-round prime household bloke and inspiration.

Annabel Jones: Critically Mo Farah HAS to win SPOTY this 12 months (I have been saying this for no less than six years)… Come on Mo! #onemomile #moknows #sirmo #mobot #hero #champ #goat

Mozam: It might be a travesty if Sir @Mo_Farah did not win SPOTY. Icon. Hero. Legend

Sports activities Character document: 2016: 4th 2015: seventh 2013: 4th 2012: 4th 2011: third. Of the 17 athletics winners, Paula Radcliffe was the final long-distance runner to triumph, in 2002.

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