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Sir Mo Farah, whose real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin, has revealed that he was trafficked to the UK illegally as a small child.
At the age of nine he was brought to the UK from Somalia by a woman who told him she was bringing him to his family.
However, when he arrived he was forced into child labour and not allowed to go to school.
At the age of 12 he was eventually allowed to attend school, and struggled due to the language barrier but quickly excelled in sports and running.
After a while, he confided in a PE teacher who helped him to attain British Citizenship under the name Mo Farah, and he went on to compete and win gold for Team GB in the Olympics.
What is Mo Farah's net worth?
As of 2022, Sir Mo Farah has a net worth of around £4million after winning four gold medals for Team GB.
He has also won six world titles in running, making him world famous, and appeared on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! in 2020.
Laura Kenny, formally Trott, is a four-time gold medalist and Britain's most successful female Olympian in any sport is said to have a net worth of £700,000.
Laura is also a 12-time UCI Track medalist, a ten-time UEC European Track medalist and a one-time Commonwealth Games champion.
Tom Daley is worth around £3 million roughly from his career in diving and also through his appearances on TV and his YouTube channel.
Team GB do not get paid directly for winning a gold medal unlike athletes from other countries, instead they receive training and funding all year round which can add up from £37,000 to £57,000.
Swimming champion Adam Peaty trails slightly behind at a net worth of between £1 million and £3.5 million.
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins is worth around £4 million, though he narrowly avoided bankruptcy in 2020 after divorcing his wife.
What are Sir Mo's sporting achievements?
As well as winning gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m races at Rio De Janeiro in 2016 and in London 2012, Sir Mo has won over a dozen other medals.
He won gold medals at the World Championships in the 5,000m in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and gold in the 10,000m, in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
He got the silver in the 10,000 in 2011 and was runner-up in London in the 5,000 metres in 2017.
Farah also won gold at the European Championship in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races in 2010 and 2014, after winning silver in the 5k in 2006.
He announced his retirement from track running in 2017, but reversed this decision to defend his 10k title in Tokyo in November 2019.
Sir Mo won five consecutive half marathons in the Great North Run from 2014-2019 and came third in the London Marathon in 2018.
In the same year, he came first in a marathon for the first time in the Chicago marathon, completing the run in two hours, five minutes and 11 seconds.
What else has Sir Mo done?
Due to his service to athletics he was given a CBE, (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2013.
In 2017, he was also knighted by the Queen in the New Year Honours list, and won BBC Sports Personality of the Year the same year.
Since gaining notoriety, Sir Mo has been passionate about charity work and helping those in need.
As an ambassador, he helped to launch Save The Children’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal in March 2017, an appeal that raised over £4.3 million.
He and his wife Tania also created The Mo Farah Foundation in September, with the aim of improving health, education and alleviating poverty in the horn of Africa and the UK.
Their aims are to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation and healthcare, to promote education, support livelihood and generation income, and to identify, nurture and harness the sporting talent of promising young adults.
- Mo Farah
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