Mo Farah won the gold medal in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships in Daegu, becoming the first British man to win the world title over the distance. He also won silver in the 10,000 metres.
Earlier in the year he had won the 3,000 metres gold medal in the European Indoor Championship and in June set a new British and European 10,000 metres record in Eugene, Oregon, of 26 mins 46.57 secs. He was named European Athlete of the Year. Born in Somalia, his family moved to Britain when he was eight.