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Calls for Mo Farah to be knighted after historic Olympic 'double double'

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

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

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

Soon after his historic victory on Saturday, Farah’s Wikipedia page had been edited to refer to him as "Sir Mo Farah".

Mo Farah is only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles Credit: PA

Following his 5,000m and 10,000m wins at London 2012, the long distance runner, who grew up in Hounslow, west London, was awarded a CBE.

If he was knighted, he would join recent Olympians including Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Ben Ainslie.

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

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.