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They left, they conquered, they returned heroes

Photograph: John Giles/PA

Ennis: Going for 2012 gold

Double gold medallist Mo Farah and, gold medallist Jessica Ennis were clearly the highlights of a very successful Team GB in this years European Athletics.

They along, with the GB team, come back to the UK today as heroes conquering the very best in Europe with a clear message: next stop London 2012.

It was wonderful the watch the proud parents of Jessica as she came down the back straits of her final race leaving her competitors behind. But without doubt the real moving story is that of Mo Farah.

Farah - training for future success

He arrived in the UK, with his brothers and father as an eight year old, fleeing a country that was descending into turmoil.

Life for the bright but at times wayward boy in Feltham college was difficult, until he met his early mentor PE teacher Alan Watkinson, who noticed that this talented ‘young kid’ had something special. With guidance and belief in his own talent the boy from Somalia, who now speaks with a slight cockney accent, sits proud on top of European Athletics.

We are proud of all the GB athletes, but particularly proud of you Mo Farah.

By Simon Woolley


One Response

  1. I totally agree it was a great night watching Jess and Mo do their stuff (along with all of the3 other winning UK Athletes).
    I’m looking forward to Crystal Palace for the teams athletes first outing on home soil following the Europeans.


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