Now, as he prepares for what will almost certainly be his last Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Farah is hoping to repeat his success and win both the 5,000m and 10,000m – a feat that would make him Britain’s greatest athlete.
“I remember when London got the bid [in 2005]. I stopped at a garage to watch the news,” says Farah, 33, who was born in Somalia to British-Somali parents, and moved to London when he was eight. “For seven years I dreamt of winning. And then it does happen, and you’re not dreaming.
“To win double Olympic gold again would be incredible.”
Farah became a national hero after the London Games, and admits he was not prepared for how his life would change – when at home in London, he cannot even go to the supermarket without being stopped for selfies.