Mo Farah misses out on 5000m gold at World Championships

Beth Cruz
August 14, 2017

The World Athletics Championships in London were Farah's last ever major championships on the track but he failed to complete a fifth 5,000m-10,000m double, beaten in the shorter of his two races by Ethiopia's Muktar Edris.

"I'm disappointed with silver but at the same time a better man won on the day and there's nothing I could have done".

"It's like I have achieved what I have achieved and you are trying to destroy it", Farah said with tears running down his face.

With two laps to go, Farah reeled in Tiernan and began to control the race from the front, but as they entered the final 400, Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha sprinted past.

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.

"My second championships and my second medal, I can't ask for more", he said. The bronze medal went to American Paul Chelimo (13:33.30).

"I was always a happy kid, up for laughs, joking around", said Farah, who makes a show of running to his wife Tania and their four children - including twin girls Aisha and Amani - at the end of finals.


As a compelling 12-and-a-half laps came to the boil it was Farah chasing, not trying to fend off and kick as is so often the case.

Chelimo, a native of Kenya who now lives in OR and is a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete program, finished in 13:33.30.

"I gave it my all, 110 percent", said Farah.

"It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised", said Sir Mo.

"I wanted to end on a high". I hope I can leave a legacy behind for the younger kids and show anything is possible in life if you stick at it. A new world -- like when I went to Disneyland. The fact is I've achieved what I have from hard work and dedication. I've been pretty much by myself with the guidance of Alberto, as you all know. Sometimes I find it freaky how certain people write certain things to suit how they want to sell the story.

"Sometimes, I get emotional because track is where I've made it". "I'm going to come back again stronger".

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