Sir Mo Farah claims silver in 5000 metres at world athletics championships

Ethiopia's Muktar Edris finds the answer to beating Mo Farah

Ethiopia's Muktar Edris finds the answer to beating Mo Farah

In what was his last major track appearance before retirement later this month, the 34-year-old finished with a time of 13 minutes 33.22 seconds - almost one second behind gold-winner Muktar Edris of Ethiopia.

Mo Farah will also be in action on the penultimate day of the championships in his swansong race, the men's 5,000 metres.

Indeed, Farah was only fourth coming into the homestretch and chased down Edris fast with the line approaching; just not fast enough, Edris winning in 13:32.79, slow by championship standards but in tactical execution perfectly impressive.

However, Muktar Edris of Ethiopia broke with his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha on the last lap and though the latter faded Farah was unable to chase down Edris and had to settle for a battling silver. "I don't think there was anything more I could have done".

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move", said Farah, after being consoled by his wife and four children at trackside. Perhaps this was a step too far into greatness, even for an athlete like Farah.

American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30.

The Somalia-born runner will be joined in championship track retirement by Usain Bolt who missed out in the 100m but IAAF President Seb Coe insists the sport can survive without them.

"I have a few more races on the track and then I will take a short break and then this chapter of my life is closed".

This race was not as bruising and Farah looked in control until the final 100metres.

Mo Farah of Great Britain reacts after finishing second in the Men's 5000 Metres final.

And in each of the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, that has meant doubling up over the two longest track championship distances.

Farah will retire from track athletics this month to focus on marathon running.

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