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Lionel Richie was secret to Mo Farah’s comeback after suffering broken foot

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Olympic champ Mo says Lionel Richie classics like Hello have been his secret weapon in battle to get back on winning form

Mo Farah is a big fan of the former Commodores singer

When it came to fighting ­back from injury, Lionel Richie had Mo Farah at Hello.

Richie’s classic inspired the four-time Olympic champ, who had suffered a foot stress fracture.

The London 2012 great is running again and trains to Richie numbers, such as Dancing on the Ceiling.

Sir Mo, 38, said: “If I’m outside listening to music, I love old-school hip hop and R&B. I love a bit of Lionel’s Hello.”

Mo, who was on last year’s I’m a Celebrity, said of his injury: “My foot was practically broken.

“Once we realised how bad it was, I couldn’t even walk. It is really tough not being able to train.



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“I meditate a little bit. I’ve had to learn to just take a ­moment to go back to myself.

“I have been gardening, spending time with the family.”



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The injury stopped Mo from qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

Mo, speaking at the launch of Huawei GT3 ­fitness smartwatch which is on sale on November 10, expects it will be months before he’s 100% fit.

He is not the only sporting star who loves Lionel.

In 2018, soccer legend Alan Shearer celebrated an England win by singing All Night Long in a restaurant – using a breadstick as a mic.

Fellow footballer John Terry had the singer perform at his wedding.


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