By Alex Spink
Farah spends around six months a year away from home and is now ready to leave the track behind to spend more time with his kids
Mohamed Farah aka Mo Farah capped Britain’s greatest Olympic campaign with his golden double – then hatched plans to give up the track for his kids.
Britain’s peerless track and field star boosted the nation’s gold medal tally to an astonishing 27 by adding the 5,000m to the 10,000 he won a week before.
It gave Team GB a grand total of 67 medals and second place in the table – their highest position since 1908.
Team GB were hailed as a “sporting superpower” by UK Sport boss and Farah was backed for a knighthood.
He returns home a hero and, even at the age of 33, far and away the greatest long distance runner in the world.
But that will not be enough to keep him on the track beyond next summer as he is planning a switch to marathon running so that he can spend more time at home.
“I want to continue to Tokyo (2020 Olympics) but you have to be honest with yourself and do what you have to do,” he said.
“I am away from home for six months of the year and I miss my kids. That is one of the hardest things for me.
“Being a father and having four kids is not easy. When you see them cry, when you see them not eating as well and seeing my wife struggle, that’s the hard part.”
Farah triumphed after Usain Bolt stopped him for a selfie, gave him a hug and told him: “Go and do it!”
Farah did it alright. And in a great British effort, he was not alone.