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Olympic Hero and National Treasure Mo Farah Receives Knighthood

Arise, Sir Mo Farah.

That’s what you say to a knight, right? Anyways, it’s beside the point. Yesterday, Mo Farah was made a knight of the realm by the Queen for his services to athletics. Or as it’s more commonly referred to, his Olympic domination and ability to make us all believe again during Super Saturday at London 2012.

Sir Mo described the moment as ‘incredible’, before promptly updating his name on Twitter:

The Somali born runner, who has won 10 international titles, including four Olympic Gold medals, has lived and trained in the US since 2011. He is now moving back to London to concentrate on road marathons, having retired from the track.

According to Mo, who attended the ceremony with his wife, Tania Nell, the Queen asked what he planned to do once he’d stopped running completely. He explained that he was going to give back to the community and support the next generation, the sort of answer you’d expect from such a dedicated athlete and gracious person.

Mo’s knighthood inspired an outpouring of love on Twitter. However, we think we like this tweet from David Lammy MP the best:

Congratulations, Sir Mo Farah.

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