Mo Farah has admitted that he would be thrilled to receive a knighthood after his “double double” success at the Rio Olympics.
The Hounslow star, who attended Feltham Community School, retained his Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m crowns in fine style in Brazil after he first won them at London 2012, emulating the Flying Finn Lasse Viren.
The long distance runner was given a CBE after his success four years ago and there have been calls to give Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete a knighthood.
And Farah said it would be ‘amazing’ to become Sir Mo after his triumph on the track this year.
He said: “Anything is possible, but for me it is up to the public and the people. I just have to enjoy what I do and keep winning medals for my country because I just love winning.
“But being Sir Mo would be amazing. I remember Sir Alex Ferguson got it because he was at Manchester United, and Sir Steve Redgrave for what he did, and to be able to be in the same category as them would be pretty amazing.”
Farah, who is now tied with Sir Matthew Pinsent and swimmer Paulo Radmilovic on four gold medals, only trails Olympic legends Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Ben Ainslie, in Britain’s all-time medal list.
The 33-year-old, though, is set to turn his back on the track to take on the road again after the 2017 World Championships in London next summer.
He added: “I want to continue to 2017 on the track and then go on to the road. I won’t be away from my family as much.
“I need to practise and run a couple of key marathons to become successful as for years I’ve been doing track.
“In 2017 for sure you’ll see me on the track. I owe it to the people, the public. I’m going to line up, no matter what, half injured or whatever.”
Farah finished eighth in the London Marathon in 2014 and it appears the main reason for his decision is the chance to spend more time with his wife Tania and four children.
He dedicated his two Rio golds to eldest daughter Rhianna and son Hussein. He had dedicated the pair from London 2012 to his twin daughters Aisha and Amani.
“I do miss my kids six months of the year,” the Hounslow hero said.
“When you see them cry, when you see them not eating as well, being a father and having four kids is not easy and seeing my wife struggle, that’s the hard part.
“I’m so looking forward to seeing my son, who’s already got his teeth through. I’ve seen pictures.
“I haven’t seen him since I left (home) two months ago. He’s growing up fast.
“I miss a lot of time with them. I feel proud and want to spend time with them, give them a hug.”