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Six things you might not know about Mo Farah

By Time Out London editors
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We chatted to Olympic superstar Mo Farah and found out what makes him tick.

He's superstitious

'On the day before a race I always shave my head. And when I go for a jog on the morning of the race, I always wear leggings. It can be 100 degrees outside and I'll still be wearing them.'

He's into freezing himself

'The weirdest part of my training is getting into a nitrogen chamber as a way of recovering. It's -180F and you spin around in it for two-and-a-half minutes. You can't stand still or you'll freeze. It's better than an ice bath, though, because you have to sit in them for 15 minutes.'

He's partial to a cheeky peri-peri

'I visit Nando's quite a lot when I'm back. The best is the one in Teddington, opposite where I stay. My order's half a hot chicken, corn on the cob and spicy rice.'

He's a classic dad

'I'm very competitive. When I'm playing computer games with my kids, I'm like: "No, you're not going to beat me. We play Mario Kart and Fifa. I used to play Fifa when I was a kid too. I'm always Arsenal or Bayern Munich.'

His sporting idol is The Greatest

'My hero growing up was Muhammad Ali. I loved his bubbly character. It was great that he stood up for who he was and that's something we all should do: stand up for who we are and what we believe. I try and do it, be as honest as I can be - especially now I have kids and they see me as a role model and a dad. It's important that I show them the right path.'

He has a motto that keeps him running

'Don't dream of winning: train for it.' 

Want to know more about Mo? Read our full interview with the great London Olympian.

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