Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has sprung to the defence of an American television presenter who asked him if he had ever run before following a half marathon win.
After setting the course record in the New Orleans half marathon, LaTonya Norton, presenter at the local television station for more than six years, asked Farah if it was his “first time”.
The 29-year-old athlete good-naturedly responded: “This isn’t my first time, I have run before a half marathon but this is the first time in New Orleans.”
Norton went on to describe his 61 minute record for the 13.1 mile course as “absolutely amazing”, which, had he not been a double Olympic champion, it would have been.
The footage, which subsequently appears to have been removed from the WSDU website, went viral and sparked thousands of derogatory comments about the presenter on Twitter.
However, Farah has leapt to the presenter’s defence on the social networking site, posting a tweet saying: “Just wanna say to everyone being nasty to LaTonya Norton please stop!! She made a mistake like we all do!! She didn’t mean anything by it!”
He also responded to a tweet from the CNN presenter Piers Morgan saying: “Haha it was bit funny … !! I felt sorry for her … So I tried to help her out … !! All good though!”
Norton compounded her mistake by asking Farah if he intended to enter any more events. When he replied that he was looking to do half of the London Marathon course in April, she said: “You’re certainly off to a good start.”
Farah, who won both the 5,000km and 10,000km at the London Olympics, is no stranger to not being recognised in the US. In December he was stopped by US customs agents as a “possible terrorist”.