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Somali-born Mo Farah celebrates with the Union flag after winning his first Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 metres

We’ve never met. I can barely keep on the treadmill for more than 10 minutes. But our lives have overlapped uncannily.

Born in Mogadishu, Mo Farah, now 29, spent a portion of his childhood near Gabiley in Somaliland, a town not far from Hargeisa, where I was born and lived. Mo, so the stories go, would run errands for his family. But his talent had to be nurtured in Britain. Without this…

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