King of the track Sir Mo Farah has received his knighthood from the Queen, describing the moment as ‘incredible’ and something he never imagined would happen.
The four-time Olympic champion was honoured at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for his services to athletics, and swapped his running kit for a top hat and a full morning suit.
Farah, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, will be moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons.
King of the track Sir Mo Farah has officially received his knighthood from the Queen
Farah, pictured with wife Tania, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to athletics
Tania takes a photo of the Team GB Olympic hero after receiving the honour on Tuesday
The athletics superstar beamed as he posed for a picture after being awarded with the honour
London 2012: 5,000m and 10,000m
Rio 2016: 5,000m and 10,00m
‘Over the years you dream of becoming something or doing something in your career, to take it to the highest level and become an Olympic champion – that was always the dream,’ Farah said.
‘As an eight-year-old coming from Somalia and not speaking a word of English, to be recognised by your country, it is incredible.’
On being handed the honour by the Queen, Farah said she told him he has been ‘going too long’ and asked him if he has retired.
‘I said ‘no, I am going to run the London Marathon – I want to go into roads’. She said that’s marvellous,’ Farah said.
Quizzed on whether he had taught the monarch to do the Mobot, letting out a loud chuckle, he said no as it is ‘far too rude – not in Buckingham Palace’.
Farah is greeted by the Queen at the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace
Farah kneels before the Queen as her majesty makes his knighthood official on Tuesday
Farah revealed he is now back in London for the moment, with plans to move permanently next year – something he said he is looking forward to.
‘I’ve got myself a season ticket for Arsenal. So when I come back I am going to enjoy it – back fully into London life,’ he said.
Asked if he is aiming for the next Olympics in Tokyo, Farah said ‘we will see’ and that it depends on how the London Marathon goes.
‘If I’m capable of getting a medal or close to a medal, you will see me,’ the father-of-four added.
Pressed on what a win in London would mean, he said: ‘For me it is the biggest marathon in the world, and it is going to be tough.
‘Mo Farah ain’t going to turn up and win… it’s going to be hard to run,’ he added.
Farah opened his Olympic account when he won both 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012
He then went on to do the double double four years later by winning them both in Rio 2016
Farah was pictured doing his trademark ‘Mobot’ celebration during the ceremony
With a personal best just at over two hours he said there are others who complete the marathon in similar times, adding he ‘has a long way to improve’.
He said training is ‘going OK’ and that he is enjoying it with his new coach Gary Lough, who is the husband of Paula Radcliffe.
Asked if she has given him any marathon tips, he said ‘not yet’, admitting that he will make mistakes but it is key he corrects those and gets it right.
Attending the investiture ceremony with his wife Tania, Farah said: ‘It is a special occasion for my wife too, she is that person who always supports me and put up with me for so many years.’
The celebration has become synonymous with Farah, with Usain Bolt once replicating it