BBC One announces new Mo Farah documentary

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah's life will be documented in an upcoming BBC One film which is expected to be released ahead of this summer's Games.

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The life of double Olympic champion Mo Farah will be documented by the BBC in a 60-minute feature this summer ahead of the Rio Olympics. In addition to his training, the documentary will follow Farah as he connects with his twin brother, who he was separated from for 12 years, and visits his childhood home of Djibouti.

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Born in Somalia, Farah now represents Great Britain and trains in Beaverton, Ore. with the Nike Oregon Project, an elite running group coached by Alberto Salazar. Canadian Cam Levins is in the group but it’s unclear whether he will be making an appearance in the film.

The film will also document Farah’s time training in Ethiopia, a spot he regularly spends during the winter months, as well his races around the world. He won the 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals at the world championships this past summer in Beijing and is the favourite to repeat in Rio.

He’s not the only runner to be featured in a documentary recently. Right here at home, Canadian Charles Philibert-Thiboutot is the main character in The Middle Distance, a docu-fiction film.

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Sprinter Andre De Grasse made an appearance in a recent CBC documentary entitled, The Equalizer, where he went up against Jesse Owens in a virtual comparison.

“The crew has been sharing in my highs and lows, traveling with me from high altitude camps to international meets, spending time with my family in the U.S. and joining me on a visit back to my childhood home in Djibouti,” said Farah in a release from BBC One. “With Rio now just around the corner, it feels like the right time to show what it takes to be an endurance runner and how I prepare. I can’t wait to represent my country at the Olympics again this year. It’s amazing.”

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