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Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography | [Mo Farah]

Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography

4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and in the process went from being a talented athlete to a national treasure. Seven days later, Mo seized his second gold at the 5000m to go where no British distance runner has gone before. Records have tumbled before him: European track records at 1500m, 5000m indoors, and 10,000m; British track records at 5000m, 3000m indoors...
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4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and in the process went from being a talented athlete to a national treasure. Seven days later, Mo seized his second gold at the 5000m to go where no British distance runner has gone before.

Records have tumbled before him: European track records at 1500m, 5000m indoors, and 10,000m; British track records at 5000m, 3000m indoors and 10k on the road have all fallen to Mohamed 'Mo' Farah: the boy from Somalia who came to Britain at the age of eight, leaving behind his twin brother, and with just a few words of English, and a natural talent for running. His secondary school PE teacher Alan Watkinson spotted his potential and began easing this human gazelle towards the racetrack.

In 2001 Mo showed his promise by winning the 5000m at the European Junior Championships. Soon he was smashing a string of British and European records. He began living with a group of elite Kenyan runners, following their strict regime of run, sleep, eat and rest. Mo was determined to leave no stone uncovered in his bid for distance-running glory.

After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing Mo took the bold decision to relocate to Portland, Oregon to work under legendary coach Alberto Salazar. The results were emphatic as Mo took silver at the 10,000m and then raced to gold in the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Even better would soon follow at London 2012.

Twin Ambitions is much more than an autobiography by a great Olympic champion. It's a moving human story of a man who grew up in difficult circumstances, separated from his family at an early age, who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and realise his dream.

©2013 Mo Farah (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Patrick
    7/12/14
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    "Engaging and inspiring"
    If you could sum up Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, inspiring, motivating


    What other book might you compare Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography to, and why?

    Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. Both are autobiographies about great sportsmen. Both not only give an insight into what it's like to be training and performing as a top athlete, but also cover the personal side and background behind the success.


    Which character – as performed by Arinze Kene – was your favourite?

    Mo


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I had difficulty stopping it. But as I listen mainly when I am driving, that's not always possible. It did make me want to take a detour every now and then.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen and very well read. I enjoyed listening to it and as a runner myself, found it very inspirational and motivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Mark Pepper
    Staffordshire
    3/19/14
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    "Interesting view into a talent's life."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's not bad if you are interested in Mo Farah but not that exciting if you are looking for insights into running. He has had an interesting life so far and is undoubtedly a great runner. Not a great writer or story teller, but then again, what else would you expect?


    What will your next listen be?

    Some fiction! Science fiction. Daniel Suarez probably


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Cant remember which scene was the most enjoyable to be honest.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    It wont be a film, that is for certain.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a listen if there is nothing else to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Attridge
    UK
    12/8/13
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    "The great movie farah"
    If you could sum up Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant life story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mo farah because it was his life story


    What about Arinze Kene’s performance did you like?

    It was all right


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when he went back home and he was talking about sharing clothes with his brother. Also when he was talking about going out running in the hot weather.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read this book again & again it was so good.

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