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Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography [Hardcover]

Mo Farah
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10 Oct 2013

4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and in the process went from being a talented athlete to a national treasure. Seven days later, Mo seized his second gold at the 5000m to go where no British distance runner has gone before.

Records have tumbled before him: European track records at 1500m, 5000m indoors, and 10,000m; British track records at 5000m, 3000m indoors and 10k on the road have all fallen to Mohamed 'Mo' Farah: the boy from Somalia who came to Britain at the age of eight, leaving behind his twin brother, and with just a few words of English, and a natural talent for running.

His secondary school PE teacher Alan Watkinson spotted his potential and began easing this human gazelle towards the racetrack. In 2001 Mo showed his promise by winning the 5000m at the European Junior Championships. Soon he was smashing a string of British and European records. He began living with a group of elite Kenyan runners, following their strict regime of run, sleep, eat and rest. Mo was determined to leave no stone uncovered in his bid for distance-running glory.

After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing Mo took the bold decision to relocate to Portland, Oregon to work under legendary coach Alberto Salazar. The results were emphatic as Mo took silver at the 10,000m and then raced to gold in the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Even better would soon follow at London 2012.

TWIN AMBITIONS is much more than an autobiography by a great Olympic champion. It's a moving human story of a man who grew up in difficult circumstances, separated from his family at an early age, who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and realise his dream.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444779575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444779578
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful and gripping human story of the 2012 London Olympics hero

About the Author

MO FARAH was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983. As a young child he spent time in Djibouti before moving to England at the age of eight. Mo initially struggled with the language barrier, but his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, quickly spotted his potential as a runner and encouraged him to join Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. After attending St Mary's Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre in Twickenham, Mo became a professional athlete. At the 2012 London Olympic Games he won gold in the 10,000m - Britain's first gold in this event. He followed this up with a stunning victory in the 5000m to become, in the words of Dave Moorcroft, 'the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen.' Mo was appointed CBE in the Honours List in 2013. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tania, and their three daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 Nov 2013
By Abdul
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Read this book during a flight from London to Doha-excellent book! I could not stop reading it from start to finish and loved it. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the true Mo Farah, not the one that the Dailymail and alike would want to you to believe. This guy came from nowhere to somewhere, in terms of his career development and professionalism, thank to his dedications and help from a lot of people and as a result created history in many ways. No doubt about this. In the book he comes across as an honest (admitted his mistakes in life + admitted his dyslexia); appreciative (mentioned people who contributed to his success); family man (loyal to his wife although I’d have loved him to say a bit more about her background); committed (once he decided to be an athlete he was fully committed to it, no ifs no buts); hard-worker (my God how could someone runs 120-150 miles per wk, and traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and the US to advance his career); visionary and a good planner (to be honest these could largely be attributed to his coaches); good decision maker (got rid one of his coaches when needed), and has sense of responsibility (set up the Mo Foundation to help poor and disadvantaged people both in the UK and the Horn of Africa).

I liked his appreciations and frankness on what the UK, as a country, offered to him -just like him I'm also originally from Somalia (around same age as him) so I can relate to myself a lot of things that Mo mentioned in the book-although I thought he could be accused of exaggerating few things here and there(generalizing certain aspects of his experiences to the entire community). Another limitation I found in the book is his indirect 'promotion' of Somaliland cause.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mo farah 28 Oct 2013
By sj
I really enjoyed this book...a suprisingly interesting read......its good to find out about where a person came from and it shows what a humble man he is... 5* great read..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 28 Oct 2013
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Mo Farah inspired a nation in 2012, this is a detailed autobiography which details his journey to become the world's greatest distance runner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Respect to Mo Farah 13 Nov 2013
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I am a huge fan of Mo Farah; this is the autobiography I have been waiting for with great anticipation since London 2012. With the number of athletes autobiographies and great performances coming from post London 2012 my expectations were high. This book delivers. This is one of the best books I have read all year. If you are just a casual fan his or just want to know more about the training, achievements, dedication, sacrifices and rewards of one of the greatest distance runner of our generation, this book will push you the rest of the converting anyone to a full-fledged fan. As a British Muslim as well I respect and applaud Mo's for keeping to his beliefs, but not forcing them on anyone else at the same time respecting other people's beliefs and opinions.

Every time I had seen Mo on TV racing or being interviewed he has always been smiling, polite and dignified. Even in the infamous post marathon interview where the presenter had no idea who he was. When I watched I though he showed his class by trying not to embarrass the lady. He does talk about the incident in the book, and once again show what a classy person he is. Having said that it was nice to see the more private side of Mo's personality the mischievous, daredevil, mick taker as well. I don't know if it is from being a twin but doubles and the number 2 seem to follow Mo around a lot in his championships. Being one of the few men to be double, double champion is evident of this.

The book starts off from young days in Somalia, and his introduction to running with his hilarious adventures trying to watch the
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marathon read 19 Aug 2014
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Interesting to read about Mo's development from childhood up until 2013. Nevertheless, it was a long slog to cross the finish line.

Written in very much the way in which Mo speaks, with a lot of needless repetition (sometimes within the same paragraph, page or in later chapters), the pace of this book was, at times, like a cross country run on a cold wet day through mud and rain. Slow and wishing you were already home. When the pace did pick up, it certainly increased interest, much like a closely run 10,000m.

Nevertheless, Mo is an athlete, not a writer, and he shared his story in his own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Behind The Mobot... 6 Nov 2013
A great read, one of the more interesting pre-Christmas releases offer an insight into Mo's childhood and journey to Olympic stardom, as well as a first person account of his historic moment at London 2012 as he added 5000m Gold to the 10,000M success of the week before.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning story 4 Nov 2013
By ratty
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After reading the Ben Ainslie autobiography I was slightly worried about how good this one was going to be. I had no need to worry though. It was a brilliant read and it was easy to follow because it was in chronological order. I learnt a lot and it shows that things were not easy for Mo. I would very much recommend this book to anyone young or old.
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