Farah denied final gold by Ethiopian Edris

Jonathan Hernandez
August 13, 2017

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia spoiled Mo Farah's desire for 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Athletics Championships, by clinching Ethiopia's gold medal. This was the first time he had failed to win gold at an global championships since 2011.

Mo Farah of Great Britain (C) and Cyrus Rutto of Kenya (L) compete in the men's 5,000-meter final at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London.

It was the great man's first defeat in a major championship race since the 2011 world 10 000m final when he also won silver - and, once again, it took dazzling speed to beat him over the last lap.

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

"Mo has many victories but now I have one", said the 23-year-old.

"I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end", a crestfallen and emotional Farah said. Farah had romped to victory in the longer event on the opening night of the championships last weekend.

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.

"I don't think there was any more I could have done".

"It doesn't quite hit you until you compete here until after crossing the line and having a few minutes to myself, you realise this is it".

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move and they [Edris and Ethiopian team-mate Yomif Kejelcha] had a gameplan".

Farah embraced his family and then took a lap of honour to soak up the adulation of his home crowd, but as with his great friend and fellow legend Usain Bolt, he was denied the win he so desperately wanted in his last individual outing. "I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - but I got boxed in early and couldn't get out".

"One of them was going to sacrifice themselves and that's what they did tonight".

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