PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – Olympic gold medalist runner Mo Farah was detained after border agents thought he was a terrorist.
“I couldn’t believe it. Because of my Somali origin I get detained every time I come through U.S. Customs,” Farah told The Sun.
According to the paper, Farah was pulled aside as he headed to spend Christmas with his family in Portland, Ore.
The paper added that he moved there last year to work with Nike.
Farah won the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“When we tried to get a residency visa, Nike obviously signed it all off and we thought it was going to be straightforward,” Farah said.
For his release, Farah got in touch with his coach, Alberto Salazar, who had a friend at the FBI.
“As luck would have it Alberto has a friend who works for the FBI,” Farah said. “This guy happens to be a massive running fan, knew exactly who I was and got it sorted then and there.”