Mo Farah has been knighted by the Queen. The British distance runner will now be known as Sir Mo Farah. Mo Farah was born in Somalia and came to join his father in London at the age of 8, barely speaking a word of English. His talent for running was spotted at an early age and he was persuaded to join a local athletics club. Now he is Britain’s most successful track athlete with many sporting achievements to his name, including gold medals for the 5,000 and 10,000 metres races at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.