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World Championships 2017: Mo Farah misses out on fifth consecutive distance double

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M-F-17-8Mo Farah missed out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row as he finished second in the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships.

 

The 34-year-old, who won 10,000m gold eight days ago, was swamped by his rivals in the final lap and Ethiopia's Muktar Edris broke clear to win gold.

 

Britain's Farah kicked again to take silver at the London Stadium in his final major track championships.

 

"It's been a long journey but it's been incredible," he told BBC Sport.

 

"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 gave it all - I didn't have a single bit left at the end."

 

Four-time Olympic champion Farah will finish his track career with a record of 10 golds and two silvers in major championships.

 

He is set to focus on marathons after his final track appearance at the 5,000m Diamond League final in Zurich on 24 August.

 

Great Britain have now won two medals at London 2017, with Farah taking both, as the hosts look set to fall short of UK Sport's target of six to eight.

 

Jamaica's Usain Bolt will race for the final time in his career in the men's 4x100m relay final from 21:50 BST, with the British team hopeful of winning a medal.

 

Same style, different winner

 

Edris, 23, ran a superbly judged final 600m to claim his first major title with a sprint finish reminiscent of so many Farah triumphs.

 

After a brief burst from Farah's compatriot Andrew Butchart at the front of the race, the Ethiopian trio of Edris, Yomif Kejelcha and Selemon Barega moved up to box in the home favourite.

 

Barega fell back but Edris used Kejelcha as a pace-setter into the home straight before surging away while Farah battled for position with the resurgent Paul Chelimo behind.

 

Farah finally found open track but Edris was gone, with the Briton passing the fading Kejelcha and holding off Chelimo to salvage silver.

 

"The 10,000m took a lot more out of me than I realised," said Farah.

 

"I was trying to cover every move but they had a game plan - one of them was going to sacrifice himself and that's what they did and the better man won.”



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