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

14 August, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • The four-time Olympic gold medallist sunk to his knees after crossing the line in second at the London Stadium on Saturday

Farah joined Salazar's Nike Oregon Project in 2011 and the pair have enjoyed huge success together, with the British star winning four Olympic gold medals and six world titles - including his 10,000m crown last week.

Britain's Mo Farah missed out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row as he finished second in the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships in London.

Edris won in 13 minutes, 33.79 seconds, .43 seconds ahead of Farah in second.

Sir Mo, victor of five successive world or Olympic finals in the 5,000m since triumphing in the South Korean city six years ago, has vowed to focus only on road races after this season. He ran 13:35.43. Justyn Knight, who impressively made the final competing on his first outdoor senior national team for Canada, finished ninth in 13:39.15 as both Canadians finished in the top-10. The pack, Farah included, let Tiernan lead by about 10m for a few laps in the closing stages.

However, the Briton - who is set to shift his focus to road running - had to settle for a silver medal on Saturday as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris proved strongest on the final lap. Kejelcha's early move likely cost him a medal but allowed Edris to "sling-shot", as the announcers put it, past the field.

It looked at one point as if Farah may not even make the podium but he bravely challenged up the inside in the straight and managed to overhaul two of his rivals.

"It's taken him [Edris] years to be able to beat me and finally they got that last night". "It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realized".

The 34-year-old grimaces as he crosses the line behind Edris. The British athlete could not close the gap in the final 100m
The 34-year-old grimaces as he crosses the line behind Edris. The British athlete could not close the gap in the final 100m

It's been incredible but it's been a long journey.

"It is what it is, I just meant that I was going to take Mo down", said Chelimo. They (the Ethiopians) had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves.

'How many races has he been to this year for me or last year?

"You end up watching it on the big screen because they are so fast".

"I am the new champion for Ethiopia".

"I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end", a crestfallen and emotional Farah said.

"I am the next champion".

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