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Calls for Mo Farah to be knighted after 'double double' Olympic gold victory

Mo Farah celebrating his 'double double' Olympic victory at Rio 2016. Credit: Reuters

There have been calls for Mo Farah to be knighted after he secured a "double double" by winning gold in the 5,000m at Rio 2016 on Saturday.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu congratulated Farah on Twitter, and called on his followers to spread support for the Olympic champion being knighted.

Social media users echoed the archbishop's sentiments, also calling for Farah to be awarded the title.

Former England cricketer Graeme Swann and Gary Lineker also congratulated Farah on his feat, with the football commentator calling the Olympic athlete the "greatest long-distance runner of all time".

Farah's win, with a time of 13 minutes and 31 seconds, helped Team GB surpass London 2012's medal tally of 65 on day 15 of the Rio Games.

The Times reported on Friday that Farah will be recommended to the sports honours committee to receive a knighthood in the new year’s honours list.