The 34-year-old was accompanied by his wife Tania to receive the honour at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. He was honoured at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his services to athletics, and swapped his running kit for a top hat and a full morning suit.
According to him, ‘over the years you dream of becoming something or doing something in your career, to take it to the highest level and become an Olympic champion – that was always the dream. As an eight-year-old coming from Somalia and not speaking a word of English, to be recognised by your country, it is incredible’.
On being handed the honour by the Queen, Sir Mo said she told him he has been “going too long” and asked him if he has retired.