Farah hails 'perfect summer of sport'

14 September 2012 / 16:28

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah admits Britain's "perfect" sporting summer is unlikely ever to be repeated.

The nation is still basking in the after-glow of hosting hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games, while Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France heroics and Andy Murray's US Open win mean 2012 will stand out as a year to remember.

Farah said: "We will never have another summer like this. We cannot do this again. It's been a perfect summer of sport."

He added: "We have had the Olympics and Paralympics on our doorstep, but then there's also been Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France and Andy Murray winning a Grand Slam. Brits just don't do that."

Farah's stunning victories in the 10,000m and 5,000m ended Great Britain's long wait for a men's long distance gold medal and, in the process, established the athlete as a household name.

His new-found fame has taken him by surprise, but he insists he will not allow it to interfere with the business of attempting to remain at the pinnacle of his sport.

He said: "As athletes, you cannot forget what gets you here in the first place, and that's the training. I have to keep my feet on the ground. I have a great team around me and they keep my feet on the ground, and I have to keep doing what they tell me to do."

The 29-year-old, who will run in a two-mile international guest race at the Great North CityGames on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside on Saturday, has seen his life change immeasurably during the last few weeks, and no more so than as a result of the birth of his twin daughters, Aisha and Amani.

Farah said: "Compared to winning the Olympics, starting out life with twins is completely different. When I'm training, I go up in the mountains and switch off while I run. I work really hard, but having twins is equally as tough.

"I have two beautiful little girls and I'm seeing them grow up every week. It's going to be so much fun watching them grow up until they get to the point where I have to say, 'No, you're not doing this or that'. You can't compare the two sides of my life."