Upon receiving knighthood Tuesday, Sir Mo Farah was quizzed by Queen Elizabeth II about his changing distance running career.
“I walked in there, quite nervous, but she knew who I was,” Farah told Sky Sports afterward at Buckingham Palace. “She knows I’ve been going for far too long. She asked me if I was retired, and I said, no, I’m going to the roads [full-time marathons starting with the London Marathon on April 22]. She goes, that’s a long way. I was like, yeah. Then she asked me what I would like to do when I stop running. I said I’d like to be able to help the next generation, next kids, start at the grassroots, continue supporting younger generations. She said that’s amazing.”
Farah noted his incredible journey, from coming to Great Britain from Somalia at age 8 not knowing a word of English to becoming a national hero with four Olympic gold medals.
“[Knighthood is definitely way up there, close to my Olympics medals,” Farah told the BBC.
Farah also sounded much more optimistic about going for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the marathon than he did last spring.
“If I’m capable of getting a medal or close to a medal [in Tokyo], you will see me,” Farah said, according to British media.
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