Sir Mo Farah came second in school dads’ race – to a fella wearing jeans

Mo Farah has revealed he was beaten in a school sports day dads’ race – by a man wearing jeans.

Britain’s greatest-ever long-distance athlete lost out to the speedy parent, even though the former world champion was wearing his spiked running shoes.

Sir Mo, 39, who has four children with wife Tania, admitted he struggles over short distances and could not cope with the 100m format of that particular race.

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Tania, 37, told the Performance People podcast: "Mo took part in the parents’ race at sports day and came second – and the guy that won it was wearing jeans."

She said the race-winner then basked in his glory on beating the four-time Olympic gold medal hero. Tania added: "The dad that won dined out on it for an entire school year.

"Mo’s not a sprinter, that’s what it is – the parents’ race is always 100m. People just assume Mo can run fast but his running fast is sustained running over many laps."

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Sir Mo, a 5,000m and 10,000m specialist runner, added that he had even come prepared for the battle: "I had my spikes on, I thought, ‘I’m ready for this.’ He was tagging me as well saying, ‘Have some of that’. I can’t sprint."

It comes just a few months after the former Olympian had his 100m sprint time bested by bulky British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.

Sir Mo won gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m in back-to-back Olympics, first at the London 2012 and then again at the Rio 2016 Games.


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