The nation has a new hero in the shape of Mo Farah who, after capturing our hearts with his impressive performances at London2012, winning 2 gold medals in the 10,000m and 5,000m, has now become a father to two adorable twin girls called Aisha and Amani.
Mo is the UK’s finest ever distance runner – a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia, arriving in London from Mogadishu at the age of 8 and speaking very little English. He trained at St. Mary’s University College in Strawberry Hill, a place which played a huge part in my formative teenage years(!) but now lives in Portland, Oregon.
In the early days his passion was for football and his ambition was to play as a right winger for Arsenal – perhaps Arsene Wenger should consider adding him now to his decimated squad for this season – it would be quite something to see him doing “the Mobot” as a goal celebration at the Emirates!
Mo’s build up to Olympic glory started on 14 July 2012 when he was the first ever contestant (celebrity or otherwise) on ITV’s The Cube to win the top prize for his Foundation. Mo managed to not only reach the final game but also had seven lives left (he had lost two lives in his first game.) He won £250,000 only losing one more life in the final game.
During the games Farah said he wanted to win one gold for each unborn twin, adding: ‘If I only had one, the other would feel left out.’ and he has now vowed to engrave one of the twins’ names on each medal.
So, for the second time in weeks he has scored a glorious double and his trademark grin shows just what both these events mean to him.
Huge congratulations Mo – we salute you and wish you and your family all the best!
It has been a difficult season for anyone supporting Arsenal and today’s derby match against Tottenham was a test of nerves for all of us. In the end however Tottenham threw away a two goal lead to concede five at Arsenal for the first time since 1934.
We scored an incredible 5 goals in 27 minutes either side of half-time to win the game 5-2 and are back up in 4th place in the Premier League Table. Yes, our defense was awful but we were on fire when on attack and 2 goals in as many minutes did an amazing job of easing tension in the crowd at the Emirates.
With Arsenal fans ironically chanting”Harry for England”, Rosicky almost made it six after a one-two with Theo Walcott, whose own 2 stunning goals in this game silenced his critics in the stadium – for now at least!
To complete Spurs’s misery, Scott Parker was sent off after his receiving his second yellow card for a foul on Vermaelen. A day to forget for Redknapp – but one that might be of some significance for Wenger and Arsenal.