Teddington’s Mo Farah nominated for BBC’s SPOTY award

Mo Farah is among a glittering list of  men and women in nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

Farah, who trained and lived in Teddington, is on the shortlist along with 15 other sports stars which includes Gareth Bale, Andy Murray and Alistair Brownlee.

Mo retained his 5,000m crown in the Olympic Games before recovering from a fall in his 10,000m race to win and retain his second gold medal. Along with winning two gold medals at the Olympics, Farah broke a British record for the 3000m before winning the Great North Run for a third consecutive year.

It was Teddington that inspired the nine-time Global champion to take running seriously, after moving in with some Kenyan athletes he realised the dedication it would take to reach the top.

Farah moved into the house in 2006 and went for a jog the following day, this was after a heavy night out while his housemates were asleep by 9pm – he was inspired by their culture.

Mo trained around the area with his new housemates and began living a monk-like life with a strict routine and training programme. He was often seen training around Teddington, Richmond and Strawberry Hill and hailed Teddington for being the place that turned his life around.

The town even has Mo to thank after his successes in the London 2012 Games brought a golden postbox as a symbol of his gold medal while also being granted the freedom of Richmond after his triumph in London.

Teddington gave Farah the platform to hone his skill and train the physical specimen that is his body, will his enormous achievements be enough for him to scoop the award and bring more pride to Teddington?

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