Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion and five-time European champion, enters this year’s Chicago Marathon as the defending champion.
Name: Mo Farah
Country of Origin: Great Britain
He raced to the top of the podium last fall, defeating 2017 champion Galen Rupp while dismantling the European record and posting the eighth fastest time in Chicago Marathon history, 2:05:11. In 2012, Farah became the first British athlete in history to win an Olympic gold at the 10,000m, and he is just the second athlete in history to pull off back-to-back gold medals in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to his Olympic and world titles, he has won 20 Diamond League track competitions.
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Farah will once again go head-to-head with his former training partner, Galen Rupp, at the front of this year’s elite pack. Farah holds national track records in the 1500m, 3000m, two-mile, 5000m and 10,000m, and British road records in the 5K, 10K, 20K, half marathon and marathon. In 2017, he was named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.