The real Mo Farah is a skint student living in Turkey who dreams of coming to the UK and meeting the Olympics hero who uses his name.
Four-time Olympic champion Farah made the shocking revelation last week that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and he was "trafficked" to the UK as a child using another boy's name. Speaking in a BBC documentary which aired on Wednesday, Farah revealed he had been brought to the UK by a woman called Nimco Farah.
Now, the boy who's name he used has spoken for the first time and hopes to come to the UK one day.
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Speaking to The Sun from Turkey, Mohamed Farah, the same as Sir Mo at 39, asked: “Can you help me get there? I would like to meet Mo Farah.”
Born into poverty in Mogadishu, Somalia, he moved to Kenya with his mother as a child after his father left. He has lived in Turkey for the last two years having travelled to the country with dreams of moving to the UK.
Mohamed now studies at Istanbul Aydin University, which runs science and technology courses, and was recently staying in £2-a-day accommodation with students from Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, according to the report.
Asked about the reaction to Farah's revelation, the former furniture shop worker added: “It has been crazy. People have been calling me and messaging me — friends and media from all over the world.”
Locals in Turkey have also spoken highly of Mohamed, with one shopkeeper explaining: “He is a very nice, very polite man — always has time to talk and tell you about his day. Who knew that all this time his name was being used by a famous runner in England?”
Farah was asked during the documentary if he would help Mohamed come to the UK, to which he answered: “I will try my best to make that happen.”
The 39-year-old won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at both the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, respectively.
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