Mo Farah named Europe's No 1

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The Independent Online

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has been named the men's Athlete of the Year by the European Athletics Federation for a second successive year.

The British distance runner, who won both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the London Games six weeks after retaining his European 5,000m title in Helsinki, beat two Frenchmen to the honour. Olympic pole-vault champion Renaud Lavillenie finished second; sprinter Christophe Lemaitre was third.

Farah's award completed a double for Britain after Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis was handed the women's accolade on Thursday.