Sam Cooke once sang a poignant song called Another Saturday night. For Mo Farah, the title describes how two Saturday nights in August 2012 made him a national hero. Last Saturday’s victory in the Olympic 10,000 metres was a fairytale. A week on, he did it again in the 5,000 metres.
That first Saturday was extraordinary. Great Britain won six gold medals that day, with Mo, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford becoming Olympic champions in an amazing, crazy 45 minutes in the Olympic Stadium. Today saw another three golds, plus Tom Daley’s bronze in the diving. That was special – the nation’s heart went out to Tom, whose father died last year.
Mo’s success says a lot about modern Britain. He arrived with his family from Somalia aged nine, speaking barely any English. Yet today he’s a national hero after years of hard work. The Daily Mail spitefully and stupidly called him a plastic Brit. Yet Mo has done more for his nation than Daily Mail, which specialises in poison and fear. He’s the very best of British.