Sir Mo bows out with a silver lining

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Mo Farah won silver in the 5,000m final here at the London Stadium on Saturday night to leave the track in disappointment.

The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a third defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.

No. Although this is Farah's last major track race, he'll be competing at the Birmingham Grand Prix on 20 August before bowing out in Zurich in the Diamond League final on 24 August.

2005 marathon world champion Paul Radcliffe: "Mo Farah just doesn't have the pace in his legs anymore to be able to live with challengers like that but this isn't the end of Mo Farah in athletics".

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.

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 was stronger. Mo has many victories but now I have one.




"I was trying to cover every move but they had a game plan - one of them was going to sacrifice himself and that's what they did and the better man won".

The Briton heads into tonight's race as favourite to take gold having already won the 10,000m - Great Britain's only medal of the championships so far - to defend the title he won in 2013 and 2015.

Everyone had expected the British distance runner to win gold but he was beaten by Muktar Edris of Ethiopia. "I don't know how you can't see him as our greatest ever athlete".

"The better man won on the day but I gave it all".

"It's been awesome. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", said Farah who was embraced by his fans as he made his way around the stadium on a lap of honour, stopping to sign autographs and pose for "selfies". "I got boxed-in early on - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".

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