Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Sir Mo Farah claims silver medal in 5000m at World Championships

Bolt defeat proves'anything is possible, says 5,000m favourite Farah Mo Farah takes world 5000m silver to fall short of a farewell double
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 00:26

Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn't have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races. "It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realized". That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day.

Mo Farah had to settle for silver medal in the final race of his track career.

. "I gave it all, I didn't have a single bit left at the end".

In the dying metres, Farah shot down the inside to overhaul American Paul Chelimo and clock 13:33.22.

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.

Down the home straight all looked lost for Farah as he appeared blocked in until Kejelcha drifted out from the inside lane trying to block Chelimo, which allowed the Briton the chance to battle through on the inside. Five laps to go, Chelimo went again, then the Australian Patrick Tiernan, briefly opening a 10 metre gap, the tension rising all the time.

In a unusual way, however, this defeat might well offer some brief respite from the shadow of doping and some of the hard questions that have come with his previously unbreakable displays of championship distance running.

Farah has won the world title at the last three championships.

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