Noel Gallagher has paid tribute to British Olympic champion Moh Farah and his “simply incredible” success during this summer’s London games.
In a new blog post, the High Flying Birds man hailed the Team GB athlete and claimed that being in the crowd at the Olympic stadium to watch the runner take gold in the 10,000m final was comparable to the buzz he had experienced when playing his own “monster shows”.
The singer, who dedicated ‘Supersonic’ to Farah during a War Child benefit gig in London earlier this week (August 14), wrote: “When we got back to old England we’d managed to blag some tickets to that last Saturday at the Olympic stadium. Now I’ve been to the biggest sporting events on the planet and I’ve done some monster shows but to be in that stadium and feel the noise and witness the fitness of the great Mo Farah was simply incredible.”
He added: “I have to say when the toffs what run our country started spouting waffle about the Olympics and how it would bring out the best in us blah, blah, blah I was – like most of us I expect – thinking ‘oh fuck off!” and I’ve never been one for that last night at the proms bollocks (it’s the Celt in me see?) but I have to say they were right. You couldn’t fail to be moved.”
Mo Farah won gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m during this summer’s games. His victory in the 10,000m attracted the highest viewing figures of any event at the Olympics, as 17 million people tuned in to BBC’s coverage of the long-distance runner’s race.
Earlier this week (August 15), meanwhile, Noel Gallagher revealed that Beady Eye and the Olympic closing ceremony’s organisers had to get his permission before he allowed them to play ‘Wonderwall’ at last Sunday’s closing ceremony (August 12). The guitarist – who was invited himself to play the bash, but turned it down as he didn’t want to mime his performance – jokingly dedicated his rendition of the classic track to his brother’s group, referring to them as “Stratford’s finest Oasis tribute band”, during Wednesday’s show.