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‘Random guy’ ends up with Mo Farah’s phone number

Track and Field: Aviva London Grand Prix Press Conference

Jul 12, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Mo Farah (GBR) at the 2012 Aviva London Grand Prix press conference at the Crystal Palace. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE


In the latest story to come out of Mo Farah‘s book, the British distance runner talked about the poor soul who inherited his old phone number after he changed digits.

“Every time I do well in a race or I’m in the spotlight, this poor guy’s phone explodes with phone calls and text messages,” Farah wrote in “Twin Ambitions,” according to the Guardian.

The newspaper tracked down the man, a music publicist from London.

“I hadn’t even had it a week when I started receiving calls from a rogue number,” Carl Delahunty said. “I answered and this beefy voice asked: ‘Hello? Hello? Is that Mo?’ It continued for months, at all sorts of ungodly hours.”

Delahunty recounted this memorable message:

“I was out at lunch and got a text from a lady at Sky (Sports) telling me I was the man, and anytime I wanted to come in for an interview I was welcome. I replied: ‘Indeed, I am the man. However, I’m not doing any interviews apart from The One Show and Newsround.’ I know it was cheeky, but after two years of random phone calls it was fair enough.”

His message for Farah?

“If he ever needs someone to take his calls, I’m definitely qualified,” he told the newspaper.

(h/t @OllieW)

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