LONG distance legend Mo Farah is one of the greatest British Olympians of all time – and his twin brother has been a key to his success.
Sir Mo, 39, has previously highlighted the stability his identical twin brother brought him growing up in Somalia.
And in today’s documentary, the Olympic champion will reveal the shocking reason behind his name change and how it’s impacted his family.
But who is Mo Farah’s twin brother and why were they devastatingly separated at a young age?
Who is Mo Farah’s twin brother?
Mo Farah’s identical twin brother’s name is Hassan Farah and they both grew up in Djibouti but were born in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Farah once said that Hassan was a telecommunications engineer living in Somalia with a wife and ten children.
The Olympian legend described their bond as extremely close and mentioned that Hassan was a part of him growing up.
Why were Mo and Hassan separated?
Mo claimed his father Muktar originally moved to London to try to earn a living for the whole family but unfortunately he had told her mother he could afford to support just three of the six children.
This meant that Hassan had to be left behind and when the father went back to get Hassan, Mo’s twin brother was nowhere to be found after a two week search.
But in Mo Farah’s documentary, the Olympic champion revealed that his father was killed in a civil war in Somalia and he was trafficked here to work as a servant.
He also revealed that his father’s real name was Abdi, not Muktar.
Speaking to Vogue, Mo said: “There were times I thought I’d never see him [Hasan] again,”
“I will never forget that moment when I got off the plane in Djibouti and saw him.
“We had and still live two different lives. But we still have the same bond and connection.”
“When I went to the airport I ran to Mo and we both cried uncontrollably.
“For the first time in my adult life I felt peace. This emptiness that I had carried with me for so long was finally filled.
“I never wanted to let him go.”
Hassan is believed to still be living in Somalia, working as a telecommunications engineer to support his wife and 10 children.
What did Hasan say?
Hassan was always his brother’s best friend despite having to support him from afar.
Hassan previously mentioned: “When Mo was sent away, there was an empty space in my heart. That space was never filled, but it’s still somewhere in my heart and I know I’m in his.
“Like many Somali families, we have been torn apart by the war. In my case, it felt more tragic than most. I feel like I lost the other half of me, my twin brother.
“Despite the travel and communication difficulties in this country, we are all still close today.”
When is the documentary and is it FREE to watch?
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah will share more about his childhood, including details of his brother Hassan.
It’s supposed to start tonight 9pm UK time on BBC.
Anyone with a valid UK television license can view the ENTIRE documentary for FREE.
Or you can go to BBC iPlayer app or BBC website to stream it for FREE.
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