How Farah’s “Mobot” was born

The story behind Mo Farah’s new trademark move

Posted on June 7, 2012 by
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Mo Farah (Mark Shearman)

World champion Mo Farah has started the Olympic year in superb form, running an impressive one-night 1500m/5000m double in California last month, winning his fourth successive title at the Bupa London 10,000, and easily defeating Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele over 5000m at the recent Diamond League meeting in Eugene.

But the biggest talking point about Farah in recent weeks has not been his world-beating performances – it’s his new celebration pose as he crosses the line. So how did it come about?

Farah recently appeared on Sky HD1 show A League Of Their Own and the topic of Usain Bolt’s “to di world” victory pose came up. Presenter James Corden suggested that Farah should start a new pose of his own in a bid for it to catch on by the time of the London 2012 Olympics.

“I think he should do the ‘M’ from the YMCA, the ‘M’ for ‘Mo’,” suggested horse-racing pundit Clare Balding, who was a guest on the other team. Footballer Jamie Redknapp then made the suggestion of turning the ‘M’ into an ‘O’ to spell out Farah’s first name.

After Corden and Farah performed a dress rehearsal of the new move with a mock race, Corden then Christened the pose. “I’ve just named it,” announced the comedian. “It’s only called the Mobot.”

And so Farah’s new finish-line celebration was born.

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