Interviewer asks Mo Farah if he's run before - video

TV anchor mistakes Olympic champion for 'plucky amateur' after he wins New Orleans half-marathon

LAST UPDATED AT 11:40 ON Tue 26 Feb 2013

DOUBLE Olympic champion Mo Farah was mistaken for an enthusiastic club runner by a New Orleans TV presenter in a "cringe-worthy" interview after he won a half-marathon in the US city in a record time of 61 minutes.

In a live interview with LaTonya Norton, the anchor at local TV station WDSU, Farah was treated as a "plucky amateur", reported The Guardian. After congratulating the Olympic, World and European champion on his performance in New Orleans, Norton asked him if he had "run before", leaving Farah looking understandably confused.

Undeterred Norton pressed on and asked, "this wasn't your first time?".

The clearly unprepared presenter repeatedly exclaimed "wow" as the interview descended into toe-curling farce.

"Do you have any other races coming up?" asked Norton at one point. When Farah explained that he would compete in another half-marathon in London in April, Norton replied: "Wow... You're certainly off to a great start."

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Really not that surprising. As far as most Americans are concerned the world ends at the edge of continental North America. Ignorance begets ignorance

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