Why Mo Farah should win SPOTY

An epic double of 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals, a generation of aspiring youngsters doing the “Mobot” and a potential knighthood for Mo Farah; is this a throwback to the memories of London 2012?

Of course not. We are 3 years on from that historic triumph.

Fast forward to 2015 and Britain’s national hero of 2012 has rewritten history once again.

Farah has had both an incredible and tumultuous year. The British athlete’s reputation was brought into disrepute in June when a BBC Panorama documentary insinuated that his coach Alberto Salazar was involved in doping. Salazar was later cleared of the allegations made against him and Farah stood by his coach following media scrutiny surrounding his own involvement.

Only two months after the controversy, Farah returned to the race track to answer those who had doubted him. In Beijing, he became the first man in history to win the ‘triple-double’.

The reigning world champion won in typically imperious fashion. In his 5,000m victory, Farah completed an exhilarating last lap sprint in 52.6 seconds.

The accomplished long-distance runner has now won gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m in two World Championships and at the 2012 Olympics.

In tonights BBC Sport’s Personality of the Year, Farah is an outside favourite with bookmakers offering odds of 80/1. Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Chris Froome are the firm favourites.

Yet, in terms of creating sporting history, Farah’s achievements in 2015 should mark him as a frontrunner. With the Rio Olympics around the corner, 2016 could be the defining chapter in an a remarkable career.

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