Mo Farah Will Always Be A Sporting Figurehead For Great Britain

Mo Farah Will Always Be A Sporting Figurehead For Great Britain

Mo Farah Will Always Be A Sporting Figurehead For Great Britain

Much like the previous Saturday with Usain Bolt, it was not to be the flawless end for Sir Mo Farah but in some ways the world championship silver medal which he claimed in the men's 5,000m final last night was a fitting end to the major track career of Britain's greatest ever athlete.

Sir Mo surged fourth to second in 13min 33.22sec - 0.43 seconds behind Edris' winning time - as Kenyan-born American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo settled for third, a further eight hundredths behind. After that, the pace slowed drastically, which has historically played into Farah's strengths as he is one of the best in the world over the final 600m-800m of a distance race.

In the end, it was an unlikely break from Australia's Patrick Tiernan, who finished 11th, which stretched things out after it looked like Farah, briefly in tandem with team-mate Butchart, had a lid on things.

However, Muktar Edris of Ethiopia broke with his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha on the last lap and though the latter faded Farah was unable to chase down Edris and had to settle for a battling silver.

"It's like I have achieved what I have achieved and you are trying to destroy it", Farah said with tears running down his face.

With Salazar reportedly under investigation for giving athletes banned supplements and substances, Farah insists the repeated questions about their relationship is "like a broken record" and that he has distanced himself this year from the coach, who has not been at any of his races and may not continue to work with him as he takes to road racing.

Chelimo said afterwards to the BBC: "It is what it is, I just meant that I was going to take Mo down". "If I have crossed the line, and Mo Farah has done something wrong, then prove it".

"It took a lot more out of me than I realized", he said. They had a game plan and that was that one was going to sacrifice themselves, but I gave it my all.

"I am the next champion". I gave it all.

"It's been a long journey back from injury, but to get this moment and go and celebrate in front of my family is unreal".

"You can write what you like but I'm a clean athlete... and I sleep well at night, loving my kids, hugging my kids, showing (them) what's right".

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