FOUR-TIME Olympic champion Mo Farah has been hailed the ‘ultimate racer’ after being named on the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The British long distance runner, who will now be addressed as Sir Mo Farah, becomes the first male athlete ever to be knighted purely for running.
“Wow!!!! Can’t believe I’m being knighted by the Queen,” Mo wrote on Instagram. “Thanks everyone for your messages..!!! Very proud to be British.”
“It is fantastic both for Mo and for athletics,” said BBC commentator Brendan Foster. “In my view this guy is the greatest sportsman Britain has ever had.
“Athletics is a truly global sport and Mo has been at the very top since 2011. No other British sports person that I can think of has dominated at that level for so long.”
Mo, who was born in Somalia, added: He said: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.”
“Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today.”
The 33-year-old is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, wok KMT both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals in both the 5,000m and 10,000m.