Monday, 11 December, 2017

I gave it all - Farah reflects on silver swansong

Britain's Mo Farah ended his track career with silver in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday night Britain's Mo Farah ended his track career with silver in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday night
Elias Hubbard | 13 August, 2017, 01:08

Mo Farah last night signed off on his last major competition at the World Athletics Championships in London with a silver rather than the gold he coveted.

Idris' winning time in the men's 5000m race was 13:13.79.

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.

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.

The Kenyan-born athlete finished second by Farah in the 5,000m at the Olympics in Rio a year ago by 0.6 of a second.

2004 Olympic 4x100m relay champion Darren Campbell: "There are athletes out there who have won more medals, but the quality of those medals and for Mo to have led an event on his own. wow".

"I gave it my all, 110 percent", said Farah.

"It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", Farah told BBC Sport.

Bekele, a year older than Farah at 35, won nine global golds, once went unbeaten for eight years at 10,000 metres, won 11 world cross-country titles and now holds the second-fastest marathon time in history (2 hours 3 minutes 3 seconds).

"I don't think there was any more I could have done".

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move but they had a game-plan". That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day.

"I thought it might be possible coming down the home straight but my legs didn't have it".

However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them. "I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him". "I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - but I got boxed in early and couldn't get out".

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