Newly knighted Farah happy to be plain 'Mo'

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Great Edinburgh International Cross Country
Date: Saturday, 7 January 2017 Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One and online from 13:15 GMT

Two-time double Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah says he is happy to be known as ‘Mo’ despite receiving a knighthood.

Farah, who is competing in Saturday’s Great Edinburgh International Cross Country, said: “It’s Mo [not Sir]. Obviously, it’s an honour to be recognised by everyone and my country.”

Farah, who was second to American Garrett Heath in 2016, said: “Hopefully I’ll go one better [this time].

“It’s going to be an exciting race and it’s nice to represent my country.”

Farah says starting the new season with a cross country event will benefit his main goal this year – the World Championships in London in August, where he could win a fifth successive double of 5,000m and 10,000m titles in major championships.

The 33-year-old confirmed those races are likely to be his last as a track athlete.

“My aim is to do well on the track in London and then hopefully hang my spikes up, but we’ll see.

“I’d like to be able to move towards the marathon and learn about the marathon and just understand that event.

“So I’m not completely retiring – just on the track.”

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Organisers are expecting around 10,000 spectators to watch the action at Holyrood Park,