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Mo Farah CBE 'not tired of medals'

The Prince of Wales has joked that Mo Farah must be sick of medals as he presented the Olympic star with his CBE at Buckingham Palace.

The Somali-born double gold medallist, who grew up in Hounslow, west London, triumphed in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at last year's London Games.

Known for his trademark "Mobot" celebration, the 30-year-old picked up his honour for services to athletics after becoming one of the faces of Britain's golden summer of sport.

Speaking after receiving the award, he said: "I never in my life imagined coming to Buckingham Palace. I remember running past it in the mini-marathon as a kid when I was 13 and thinking it was so beautiful and taking pictures of the lion, so coming inside and receiving this award is great.

"Prince Charles said 'You must be getting sick of so many medals' and to hear someone like the Prince of Wales knows who you are is just brilliant. I'm not tired of it at all, I just want to make my country proud and collect as many medals in my career as I can."

Farah, whose daughters were not able to attend because they are at his home in America, played down recent suggestions that he had broken Wimbledon rules by filming play from the Royal Box and posting footage on social media. "I was filming but I took the film down from Twitter," he said.

Actor Ewan McGregor was also at the investiture ceremony to collect the OBE he was awarded in the New Year Honours list for services to drama and charity.

The 42-year-old stopped to chat to Farah afterwards and congratulated him for being an inspiration to so many people, before the pair posed for photographers.

Wearing a kilt, the Scot said it had never been in doubt that he would come to the Palace in traditional garb. He said: "I didn't have to think about it, that was always what I was going to wear. If you don't wear your kilt here, I don't know where you are going to wear it."

In attendance with two of his four daughters and wife, McGregor praised the volunteers at Unicef and Go Campaign, the children's charities he supports. He said: "The volunteers live and work in really difficult places - they are the people who should be awarded."


From Belfast Telegraph