Farah's farewell ends in agony

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia got the better of Mo Farah

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia got the better of Mo Farah

Mo Farah ended his major championships career with a silver medal in the 5,000m at the London World Athletics Championships, which was won by Ethiopia's Muktar Edris.

Kenyan-born American Paul Chelimo claimed bronze in 13:33.30, while Farah's late burst also consigned another Ethiopian, Yomif Kejelcha, to fourth place in 13:33.51.

Chelimo fell with four laps to go on the wet track in Wednesday's semifinals but came back and qualified.

Mo Farah wins silver in the 5 000m.

"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".

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. That was despite what the BBC commentary from Brendan Foster and Steve Cram would have led you to believe for much of the race. "He has a new challenge ahead of him in the marathon". But it has to end for everybody. I was stronger. Mo has many victories but now I have one. "I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him".

A disconsolate Farah dropped to the track as Edris mimicked his famous celebration, before finally picking himself up to complete a farewell lap.

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After initial shock at the result, the crowd found their voice to give Farah a final warm send-off at the stadium he lit up with double Olympic gold in 2012. I am the next champion.

"Those boys are coming for me - they are hungry", said Farah.

"This London crowd is fantastic - there is no place like home".

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

Meanwhile, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake finished fifth and sixth respectively in the women's high jump.

Aside from Farah these World Championships have been one of near misses.

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