Africa is very much on his mind, in more ways than one. Farah was speaking at the launch of his new foundation, aimed at fighting the famine in his birth country of Somalia. “A lot of people associate me with Somalia,” he said. “I’m a world champion now, I’m out there in the media, so if I can make a bit of difference I will. The country is in a really bad state.”
But first to Salford, where he could become the first athlete since Kelly Holmes to win the BBC award. “I’ve had one of the best years of my life,”
he said. “I’d been finishing sixth or seventh, but coming back to finally win the gold medal, is something I wouldn’t have thought I would do. Breaking the British and the European record, it’s been a good year. I hope to do well, but there’s 10 class people up there in front of the nation.”
According to the bookmakers, Farah is currently third in the race. He doesn’t lose many these days.
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