Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UK- Sir Mohamed Farah receives knighthood

(Sky News)- Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has received his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Britain's most decorated athlete arrived at the palace with wife Tania on Tuesday having been knighted during the New Year Honours in January for services to athletics.

Since then Sir Mo has achieved more success, winning gold in the 10,000m at the World Championships in London in August.
He also secured a silver medal in the 5,000m, which ended an unbroken streak of 10 global final wins stretching back to 2011.

On receiving his knighthood, Sir Mo 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."
The Somali-born runner, who has clinched 10 international titles, is now moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons, having retired from the track after the championships in the capital.

He split from controversial coach Alberto Salazar, who has been accused of breaking anti-doping rules while training athletes at the Nike Oregon Project, where Sir Mo had been coached since 2011.
Mr Salazar is being investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency and has denied any wrongdoing.

Sir Mo has not been accused of any wrongdoing and is now working with Gary Lough, who previously coached women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.

Also due to receive an honour at the palace was Delia Smith, as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to cookery, and Rosa Monckton, a friend of Princess Diana, receiving an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to people with learning difficulties and their families in the UK and abroad.

Model Erin O'Connor was awarded an MBE for services to fashion and charity, and actress Patricia Hodge an OBE for services to drama.