I gave it all - Farah reflects on silver swansong

Lawrence Cooper
August 13, 2017

The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a third defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.

In a tactical race, Farah could not respond to a challenge for the first time in six years, turning his farewell race on the track at a major championship into a disappointment.

2005 marathon world champion Paul Radcliffe: "Mo Farah just doesn't have the pace in his legs anymore to be able to live with challengers like that but this isn't the end of Mo Farah in athletics".

The 34-year-old, whose winning run in the 5,000m at Olympics and world finals stretched back to 2011, fought desperately to claw back the deficit in the finishing straight but Edris held on to win in 13min 32.79sec.

The Kenyan-born athlete finished second by Farah in the 5,000m at the Olympics in Rio previous year by 0.6 of a second. Farah had romped to victory in the longer event on the opening night of the championships last weekend.

He added: "The 10k did take a lot out of me and I'm a little beaten up but I'm okay".

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Farah, who had not lost a final in 2,176 days, having also won the 10,000m and 5,000m at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, crossed the line in 13 minutes 33.22 seconds.

"The better man won on the day but 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". "I don't know how you can't see him as our greatest ever athlete". It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line - I had a couple of minutes to myself - that this is it.

However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.

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

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