Edris ends Farah's invincibility in final race

Mo Farah takes world 5000m silver to fall short of a farewell double

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - men's 5000 meters final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 12, 2017 - Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Mo Farah of Britain react after crossing the finish line.

Clearly spent by his effort, Farah fell to the track, buried his head in his hands, hardly believing himself he'd been beaten in a championship race on the track for the first time in six years.

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. Farah was going for his fifth straight global long-distance double.

In the end, it was a tremendous race as Edris, Farah, Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Yomif Kejelcha separated themselves from the field on the back straight of an exhilarating final lap.

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move", said Farah, after being consoled by his wife and four children at trackside. "I don't think there was anything more I could have done".


"Tactically, they worked as a team", said Farah.

"There's more need for us to demonstrate that we have some incredible talent, but the athletes have also got to realise that they've also got a sizeable part to play in this. It didn't quite hit home until I took a few moments to myself where I realised this is it".

Farah did a little boxer's routine as he took to the line psyching himself up for another bruising battle like the 10,000m where he was spiked and nearly elbowed off the track. "I feel happy that I ran with Mo Farah".

The British runner, 34, added a silver to the gold he won in the 10,000 metres at the London Stadium last week.

The distance runner, Mo Farah also runs in his last track race the 5,000 metres final.

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