Olympic Star Mo Farah Reveals How He Got Lewis Hamilton To Buy Him F1 Tickets

Published 11/02/2021, 3:21 PM EDT
Athletics – British Athletics Championships – Manchester Regional Arena, Manchester, Britain – June 25, 2021 Britain’s Mo Farah before the Men’s 10,000m Action Images via Reuters/Molly Darlington


Mo Farah is a British professional long-distance runner. The athlete won gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in both 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. He is well-known as one of the most successful British track athletes.

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Startling the world with his bouncy and tactical running style, he became the first British athlete to win more than 1 gold medal at the same World Championship. He also made a record by winning the 2018 Chicago Marathon in just 2:05:11.

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Recently, Farah joined Richie Brave, presenter/broadcaster of BBC Radio 1Xtra, for an episode where he spoke about Formula One legend, Lewis Hamilton.     ”

“Where is he?” – Farah looks for Hamilton

In an episode of BBC Radio 1Xtra, Farah revealed how he slid into Lewis Hamilton’s dm’s on Instagram.

The first time Farah encountered Lewis, in reality, was during the BBC Sports Personality. The next time was in Japan, when Farah wanted to watch Hamilton’s performance and straight-up texted him.

First time I met him was BBC Sports Personality here and then……….just by chance I was in Japan and he was racing and I was doing some photoshoot. And when I was there, I sent him like a direct message on Instagram,” said Farah.

Things took an interesting turn, and Hamilton responded, quickly arranging tickets for Mo Farah as well.

And I was like listen I’m in Japan. You’re here? And he told ‘yeah’. I said ‘Can I get some tickets to come to watch you?’ And he said ‘yeah, yeah, of course!’ and then he bought me tickets. Ever since I’m like ‘where’s he? Where’s he? Where’s he?” he added.

Both of the stars never failed to convey the respect they have for each other, be it after a victory or upon bumping into each other outside of the track.

Sir Mo Farah, a well-deserved honor

In the same episode, Richie was curious to know what the letters assigned to their name meant. Both  Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton have been knighted by the British Royal as part of the Queen’s New Year Honors list. This is the reason they are also addressed as “Sir”.

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In reply, Farah disclosed that nothing is lying under the letters given to them. Instead, it’s just a sign of their long-time hard work and achievements.

I mean it’s like letters…..means nothing you know. It’s just a title but being recognized for your hard work and what we both have achieved for our career,” said the legend.

“And it’s nice to have that but it doesn’t mean anything really, you know, it’s just a title people will respect you different and see you as different,” he continued.

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Being recognized as one of the greatest athletes in British history, he still keeps himself grounded, brimming with humility. According to him, titles are a way of respecting someone, but it does not change the fact that they are one of us.

WATCH: Usain Bolt parties with Olympic Champion Mo Farah and Bollywood Actor Anil Kapoor in Munich

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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