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Distance running legend Mo Farah wants to become Arsenal fitness coach

BARNET, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Mo Farah of Arsenal Legends XI in action during the charity football match between Arsenal Legends XI and World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) XI at Underhill Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Barnet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
Mo Farah playing in an Arsenal strip for a charity game
Sourav Saha
Modified 27 Sep 2016, 21:13 IST

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has revealed that he wants to become a fitness coach for Arsenal. The long distance runner recently won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres at the Rio Olympics 2016 following up on his gold medals in the same events at the 2012 London Olympics.

A long time Gunners fan, Farah spoke about how he started supporting the club since his arrival in Britain from Somalia. He stated that Arsenal’s easy-on-the-eye playing style was what appealed to him the most.

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The fact that there was a presence of several players with African heritage was also one of the primary reasons for supporting the club.

The frequent occurrence of injuries has now led to the Olympic runner suggesting that he would be most suited to take over as the club’s fitness coach once he retires. His brilliant fitness record has often been the envy of his opponents.

At the Olympics, this year, Farah went on to win the gold medal even after being accidentally clipped by his American training partner, Galen Rupp. At the time, one feared the worst; however, the Briton recovered to win the gold medal.

As quoted from British newspaper, Metro, the runner said, I am a big believer in what the body’s capable of with proper training.’  

However, Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer before the runner can even be considered for the role as the Briton still has a lot to offer in the sport of running.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Farah arrived in Britain at the age of eight and was identified as an athletic talent by his physical education teacher. His ambition as a young boy was to either be a car-mechanic or a right winger for Arsenal.


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However, fate had other ideas as he went on to pursue a career in athletics. His status as a legend in the field of athletics is cemented by his four gold medals in Olympics, for which he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the year 2013 for his service to athletics.

Arsenal, have had a turbulent record in terms of injuries. The alarming frequency of injuries has been a cause of concern for the North London club. 

The superb victory against Chelsea came at a cost as Gunners’ midfielder Francis Coquelin had to be brought off because of an injury, another addition to the injury table beside the long-term injuries to Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck.

Published 27 Sep 2016, 20:55 IST
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