Calls to honour Mo Farah with a knighthood have begun after he completed a 'double double' at Rio 2016.
The Hounslow hero became only the second person in history, after Lasse Viren, to successfully defend the 5,000m and 10,000m titles that he won at London 2012. 'The Flying Finn' achieved the feat at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics in Munich and Montreal respectively.
After his starring role in the capital four years ago, Farah was awarded a CBE but, after his historic achievement, there have been calls for it to be: 'Arise Sir Mo'.
Archbishop of York John Sentamu called on his Twitter followers to spread support for the gong, tweeting: "Mo Farah U are simply the Best Athlete Team GB has ever seen!Absolutely FANTABULOUS&Awesome!Congrats 4 the Double Double!BF Rt:now SIR MO"
Gary Lineker echoed the clergyman, tweeting: "Sir Mo!" and: "Wow! Just Wow! Rio is Mo Town. @Mo-Farah is surely the greatest long-distance runner of all time. The double double."
Singer and radio presenter Aled Jones said: "@Mo-Farah you are a legend!!! Congratulations - so proud to be British and to watch your utter brilliance!"
Baroness Benjamin tweeted: "Huge congratulations #OLYMPICCHAMPION #MoFarah,another #TeamGB great. You deserve to be Sir Mo as an inspiration to young kids who need hope"
Former England cricketer Graeme Swann tweeted: "Magnificent Mo Farah. What an athlete!"
Radio 1 DJ MistaJam tweeted: "In other news ... Mohamed Muktar Jama "Mo" Farah is an absolute certified G and inspiration to us all #WellDoneMo"
Entertainer Lemar tweeted: "This has been an amazing Olympics @Mo-Farah @usainbolt #legends #brazil #rio #TeamGB #class"
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, tweeted: "Yeeeeeaaaaah #Mo!" adding: "4 yrs ago we gave @Mo-Farah freedom of @LBofHounslow - so what now?"
Former Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher tweeted: "Mo Farah unbelievable! The double double #Rio2016."
Team GB swimmer Aimee Willmott tweeted: "Nail biting stuff from @Mo-Farah but he did it!!!!!!!!! #OlympicChampion #doubledouble."
Dan Greaves, Team GB discus thrower who took gold in the 2004 Paralympics, tweeted: "Arise SIR MO!!!! Incredible scenes!! #MoTime."
Team GB gymnast Ellie Downie tweeted: "Mo Farah = incredible."
Home Office minister Brandon Lewis MP tweeted: "Brilliant race from Mo Farah for @TeamGB, fantastic display of race craft. #Rio2016, privilege to watch."
Ukip MEP Patrick O'Flynn tweeted: "Magnificent Mo - fourth gold medal. Greatest ever British Olympian on the track."
Sports minister Tracey Crouch said: "Team GB's now record-breaking medal haul in Rio is an incredible achievement and our athletes have made the country incredibly proud."
UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said: "Our athletes have prepared and performed quite exceptionally in Rio, to deliver arguably the greatest achievement in British sporting history.
"Their dedication, skill and ability to perform on the biggest stage has delivered historic results, and I hope the nation feels proud of and united by their team.
"Our high performance system is the envy of the world, thanks to sustained investment by our government and the National Lottery, and has now delivered something unprecedented."
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