15:47 EST 4 August 2012
It capped the most extraordinary 45 minutes British athletics will surely ever witness.
These London Games have seen some superlative moments but surely nothing will cap what occurred in the Olympic Stadium as Mo Farah struck home for gold with 450 metres to go.
All evening the Olympic Stadium had yelled itself hoarse but now, at the last, the volume increased again, the crowd on their feet, urging Farah home.
Truth be told, there were some nervous moments as those those long legs strode out confidently, eating up the ground in a 53.48sec last lap.
But in reality Farah was always in control, never panicking on his way to 10,000m victory.
There he was, the man born in Somalia before moving to Hounslow when he was eight years old and of thoroughly British character, leading out a string of Africans.
They included double world record holder Kenenisa Bekele, as well as his American training partner Galen Rupp, but it was Farah who dominated the race.
They tried to reel him in, Bekele’s younger brother, Tariku, producing the best effort.
Kenensia was tracking too, but unable to close the gap. Round the back came Rupp, looking like he might run away from everyone.
Yet no-one prevailed and Farah crossed the line first in 26min 46.57sec.
Hard at work: Mo Farah runs in the 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in London
It was an epic run but coming on the back of gold medals for Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis it was British athletics finest-ever moment delivered in truly superlative style.
‘I can’t believe it,’ said Farah. ‘I’ve never experienced something like this. It doesn’t come round often to have this on your door step and the amount of people supporting me, shouting out your name – it’s never going to get better. This is the best moment of my life.’
‘It’s something I have worked so hard for – 120 miles week in week out. What you put in to it is what you get out. ‘I want to thank everyone who has supported me from my childhood and until now. Without all them people this wouldn’t have happened. I have got to enjoy this moment.’
It was a joyous moment when his seven-year-old step daughter, Rhianna, ran on to the track and was greeted by Farah.
His wife, Tania, pregnant with twin girls, followed behind and the family joined in a delightful embrace.
‘Seeing my daughter was really emotional,’he admitted.
‘She came out running to me and I was like wow!’
He then embarked on a lap of honour with training partner and friend Rupp, who to his delight had taken silver in 26:48.00.
The younger Bekele was third in 27:31.34.
Not since 1984 has a European runner won an Olympic 10,000m gold medal and a Briton never has.
Not since the Africans took over the distance and colonised it as their own. Farah always seemed in control.
MO FARAH FACTFILE
1983: March 23 – Born in Mogadishu, Somalia. He would arrive in Britain as a refugee at the age of eight.
2001: Wins first major title by winning the 5,000 metres at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Athens.
2006: Wins silver in the 5,000m at the European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Wins the European Cross Country Championship in December of the same year.
2007: Finishes sixth in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
2008: Fails to reach the final of the 5,000m at the Beijing Olympics.
2009: Breaks the British 3,000m record twice in a matter of weeks early in the year and goes on to take gold in the same event at the European Indoor Championships. Finishes seventh in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Berlin, the top European.
2010: July 27 – Wins the 10,000m at the European Championships in Barcelona. July 31 – Completes a distance running double by claiming gold in the 5,000m. August 19 – At a Diamond League meeting in Zurich, sets a new British record with a time of 12:57.94 in the 5,000m.
2011: February – Announces he is relocating to Portland, Oregon, to train under Alberto Salazar. February 19 – Sets a British indoor record with a time of 13:10.60 in the 5,000m at Birmingham. March 5 – Wins gold in the 3,000m at the European Indoor Championships. March 20 – Wins the NYC Half Marathon with a time of one hour 23 seconds after entering late when a planned 10,000m event in New Zealand was cancelled due to earthquake damage. June 3 – Sets a new British and European record of 26:46.57 to win the 10,000m at a Diamond League meeting in Eugene. July 22 – Sets a British record of 12:53.11 in the 5,000m at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco. August 28 – Wins 10,000m silver at the World Championships in Daegu. September 4 – Wins 5,000m gold at the World Championships in Daegu.
2012: March 11 – Misses out on a medal in the 3,000m at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, finishing fourth. June 2 – Runs fastest 5,000m of the year, clocking 12:56.98 to win the Diamond League race in Eugene, beating Olympic champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele. June 27 – Becomes the first man to retain the 5,000m title at the European Championships by winning gold in Helsinki. August 4 – Wins the 10,000m Olympic title at London 2012.
Mo Farah was born on March 23rd, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Farah
March 23rd, 1983
3 + 23 +1+9+8+3 = 47 = his life lesson = Famous. Internationally known. Legacy.
March 23rd, 1983
3 + 23 +2+0+1+2 = 31 = his personal year (from March 23rd, 2012 to March 22nd, 2013) = Competition. Competing. Rising to the challenge. Personal best. Outdoing himself.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
46 61918 35
his path of destiny = 35 = Track and field. Long distance runner. Endurance.
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