16th December 2017
SIR MO FARAH - BBC SPOTY CONTENDER
In the year he received his Knighthood, added his sixth world title to his collection and retired from the track, there are few more worthy contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 than Sir Mo Farah.
Returning to the stage of his finest moment on the track, Farah recreated the joy of those evening’s in 2012 on the opening night of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as he won world 10,000m gold.
Farah toyed with his opponents over the 10,000m battle, comfortably settling into his rhythm early on before unleashing the devastating turn of pace in the closing stages. It was the moment the crowd had hoped for as the multiple global medallist won the gold medal once again in style.
Silver followed in the 5000m; an incredible battle with Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris saw the Briton win his second medal of the championships – a fine achievement in his final track race at a major championships.
Who can forget the thrilling finale to his track career at the Zurich Diamond League at the end of August? Farah avenged his defeat by Edris at the world championships by narrowly dipping to victory in a frantic 5000m finish to seal the Diamond Race title. The climax to the race was staggering as can be seen here.
Sir Mo waved goodbye to the track on home soil with triumphs at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham in February before a final swansong at the Alexander Stadium at the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham a week after the World Championships.
Farah will now transfer to the roads where he aims to tackle the marathon distance, another challenge for one of Britain’s greatest ever sportspeople.
But he leaves behind an incredible legacy on the track:
4 – Olympic Gold medals
6 – IAAF World Championships Gold medals
2 – IAAF World Championships Silver medals
3 – European Gold medals
2 – European Indoor Gold medals
So, to vote online for Sir Mo as BBC Sports Personality of the Year on the night, click here.
The phone numbers will become available during the show which starts at 18:45 on BBC One.