Note From Mo Farah: “Get Back Up and Get Back Going!”


Mo Farah is my hero. Yes Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps and Simone Biles and Simone Manuel and Michelle Carter all won gold medals and won over untold hearts, but Mo Farah is my main man. He won after he FELL! That’s right, he fell down in the middle of the race after inadvertently tripping on his training mates leg. Yet despite the fall, Farah won after all.  

One sports writer put it this way:

“It would not be Super Saturday at the Olympics without a run of blistering brilliance by Mo Farah and in Rio’s Stadio Olimpico Britain’s greatest long distance runner turned the men’s 10,000m final into an epic rerun of Chariots of Fire when he fell during an enthralling, unrelenting race and recovered to blast past leader Paul Tanui on the home straight to take gold and retain his Olympic crown.

Farah, who became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals, was inadvertently tripped by training partner Galen Rupp midway through the race in Rio’s Olympic Stadium and even though he recovered quickly and gave the thumbs up as he ran on, the way he fought back from the setback adds yet more lustre to his astonishing career.

This was another quite remarkable performance from Farah, a storybook triumph, after he chased Kenyan Tanui down the back straight on the final lap and then sprinted past him, leaving him powerless to retaliate.”

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It was so spiritual, so divine, so mystical and mythical that you had to see it to even believe it. And I believe that it wasn’t in spite of the fall that Farah won; it was BECAUSE of the fall that he got back up and got back going. The fall was fuel for his fire and grist for his mill. The fall made the rise even more dramatic. The stumble and the stagger were turned to a humble swagger; and the setback was just a setup for a comeback which made the turnaround  truly astounding.  

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Britain’s Mo Farah wins the gold in the men’s 10,000-meter during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

It was properly providential that he fell on the track and could have fallen out of the race. Instead, Farah fell into our hearts as yet another example of how to get back up and get back going, again.

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:

Proverbs 24:16, KJV

3 thoughts on “Note From Mo Farah: “Get Back Up and Get Back Going!”

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