Mo Farah bows out of major championship with World silver in 5000m

Mo Farah bows out of major championship with World silver in 5000m

British athletics legend Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double on Saturday when he finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a thrilling 5,000 metres world final.

Mo Farah of Great Britain (C) and Cyrus Rutto of Kenya (L) compete in the men's 5,000-meter final at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London.

Farah, 34, is stepping up to the marathon and had hoped to add to the doubles he won at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 world championships.

At 10,000 metres, in which Farah has also won a record five global golds, he is also still only the 16th-fastest (26:46.57), almost half a minute down on Bekele's world record of 26:17.53.

Edris, the fastest man over the distance in the world this year, was second behind team-mate Yomif Kejelcha who led the charge for the line with 400m to go, but overtook him and Farah could not respond. I was stronger. Mo has many victories but now I have one.

"I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah", said Edris, who won in a time of 13 minutes 32.79 seconds to claim his first win over the Briton in five attempts.




"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move but they had a game-plan".

He said: "I thought it might be possible (to win), but my legs had it".

"I don't think there was any more I could have done".

"It's very special.it's been a long journey, but it's been incredible", Farah told BBC Sport.

"The better man won on the day but I gave it all". It didn't quite hit home until after I crossed the line and had a couple of moments to myself when I realised - this is it.

"One of them was going to sacrifice themselves and that's what they did tonight. I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - but I got boxed in early and couldn't get out".

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