London 2017: Farah fails to win 5000m gold, settles for silver

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

The 34-year-old will end his track era at the end of the month to focus on the marathon and goes for gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in London on Saturday.

Farah who hangs his boots after the tournament took silver in the tight long distance race.

India's Govindan Lakshmanan bettered his personal best mark but it was not enough to qualify for the final round of the men's 5000m race in the World Athletics Championships here.

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Edris finished in 13mins 32.79secs, with the United States' Paul Chelimo third.

Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22 just failing to repeat his memorable Olympic double on the same track in 2012.

Sir Mo, victor of five successive world or Olympic finals in the 5,000m since triumphing in the South Korean city six years ago, has vowed to focus only on road races after this season.

Mo Farah racing
Mo Farah bows out of track athletics with 5000m silver at World Championships

Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.

"The knee feels fine but the body still feels a bit a bit exhausted, so I'll do my recovery, get in the zone and get back for the final". "With the Kenyan and Ethiopians anything is possible".

The 60,000-capacity stadium was primed for one last Bolt show, one last "To the World" pose after a victory, but the injury made it blatantly clear why Bolt is ready to retire.

Chelimo said afterwards to the BBC: "It is what it is, I just meant that I was going to take Mo down".

"I gave 110%, there was nothing more I could have done", Farah said.

Harper-Nelson failed to make the Rio Olympic team, getting eliminated in the Trials semifinals, and was fourth at the USATF Outdoor Championships in June, squeaking onto the world team.

"This is end of it in terms of major championships, I'm done".

Coe said: "I was chatting to Usain before the medal ceremony and, slightly tongue-in-cheek, he looked at me and said, 'So what do you want me to do now, boss?'" They worked as a team.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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