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

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

The 34-year-old had won this event in the past three world championships and two Olympic Games, together with three world titles and two Olympic gold medals in 10,000m.

"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.

Farah, who won the 10,000m once again last weekend, dug in to finish 0.43secs behind new world champion Edris, while Paul Chelimo of the United States claimed bronze.

Farah set off on a lap of honour following the result, his attempts to secure further glory destined to continue over longer distances on the road.

"I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end", a crestfallen and emotional Farah said. The following week, when the Olympics had finished, I was known worldwide. He did likewise in the World Championships in 2013 and 2015, adding this year's 10,000m. It didn't quite hit home until I took a few moments to myself where I realised this is it. Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the U.S. took bronze in 13:33.30.

"Mo has many victories but now I have one". I had to decide what it took to become a champion and that was to move to the other side of the world. That's why I did the Mobot.

"I have won the gold in front of his home crowd. I am the next champion". "I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him".

Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.

"Over the years you guys have done many things to build a person up and then bring them back down and the reality is.I'm going to still keep working, keep fighting and making my country proud".

He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.

Farah somehow found a bit of room on the inside of Kejelcha and Chelimo and, giving his all, the Nike Oregon Project runner managed to snatch the silver with Edris, whose closing speed was always going to be a threat, the clear victor.

"I got boxed in early on (in the final charge) - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".

Even before then, the race had been taxing, Farah said.

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