No golden ending as Farah signs off with Worlds silver
Aug 12 2017 by Marjorie Miles
The 34-year-old - who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit - showed no sign of a hangover from the 10,000m victory last Friday, which saw him emerge with a badly cut calf, as he finished second in his semi-final at a rain-sodden London Stadium.
In what was his last major track appearance before retirement later this month, the 34-year-old finished with a time of 13 minutes 33.22 seconds - almost one second behind gold-winner Muktar Edris of Ethiopia.
He has raced sparingly outdoors this year, taking victories over 3000m in Kingston and London and over 5000m in Eugene and 10,000m in Ostrava.
In a thrilling finale, Farah looked to be completely outgunned by three rivals only to fight back and snatch second place behind Edris, who clocked 13 minutes 32.79 seconds after a searing final lap.
"I don't think there was any more I could have done".
"I gave it my all, 110 percent", said Farah.
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"I have a few more races on the track and then I will take a short break and then this chapter of my life is closed". Kenya-born American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo claimed the bronze.
"They worked as a team, the better man won". Farah sat in third entering the final 400 meters, but he visibly struggled with the pace and couldn't overtake the Ethiopian victor.
This race was not as bruising and Farah looked in control until the final 100metres.
Johnson-Thompson tried to tap into the wave of emotion for Farah making her final attempt after the 5,000 race had started, but despite her efforts could not clear the bar.
Everyone had expected the British distance runner to win gold but he was beaten by Muktar Edris of Ethiopia. He won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters double at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, as well as the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.
Farah will retire from track athletics this month to focus on marathon running.