I gave it all - Farah reflects on silver swansong

Esther Moore
August 13, 2017

THE SHOCKS keep coming at these World Championships as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris beat Sir Mo Farah to take the 5000m gold in 13:32.79.in what was Farah's last race on the track in the London Stadium.

Despite his defeat on Saturday, his ability, time and again, to fend off every challenge and tactic thrown at him - from Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes ganging up on him to being spiked and bruised in physical races - and still sprint to victory was unprecedented during an incredible six-year reign.

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.

Farah, 34, is stepping up to the marathon and had hoped to add to the doubles he won at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 world championships.

Behind Edris, Farah dug deep to battle back from fourth to second when space opened up on the inside over the last few metres to take silver in 13:33.22.

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"Mo has many victories but now I have one", said the 23-year-old. I gave it all.

"For me that still has to be Haile Gebrselassie, for the distances that he covered, the titles he won and the world records he broke". That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day. "I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him".

"It's been fantastic. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", said Farah who was embraced by his fans as he made his way around the stadium on a lap of honour, stopping to sign autographs and pose for "selfies". It didn't quite hit home until after I crossed the line and had a couple of moments to myself when I realised - this is it. "I got boxed-in early on - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".

One of them was going to sacrifice himself, and that's what they did.

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