Sir Mo Farah claims silver in 5000 metres at world athletics championships


Farah isn't the sort to settle for anything. Farah had romped to victory in the longer event on the opening night of the championships last weekend. In that time he'd won four Olympic, six world and three European titles.

But in the end time - and his rivals - simply caught up with the greatest track athlete Britain has ever produced.

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia has broken the hold of Mo Farah on long-distance running, outkicking the Briton over the final 200 meters to win the 5,000 meters at the World Athletic Championships in London.

But while the gold dream faded, Farah didn't. Andrew Butchart, the other Briton appearing in the final, finished eighth with a time of 13:38.73.

"It's been fantastic. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", said Farah who was embraced by his fans as he made his way around the stadium on a lap of honour, stopping to sign autographs and pose for "selfies". I would have loved to have seen Usain win but at this level no-one is going to give it you, no matter who you are.

"To be honest with you it takes so much out of me".

"I didn't have a single thing left to give at the end. I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".

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"I remember in 2008, being so disappointed and not sure whether to carry on with the sport or not". I'd love to do it, it would be historic and it would mean the world to me. Nothing was guaranteed but I took that chance.

"There's more need for us to demonstrate that we have some incredible talent, but the athletes have also got to realise that they've also got a sizeable part to play in this". It's a very special night.

"I have to focus on myself".

Farah, who is unbeaten in 5,000m global finals since winning the 2011 world crown, admitted to being exhausted but said he took his lead off a Kenyan catchphrase.

However, in a high-quality final, the 24-year old would have needed to jump higher than she ever has before to make the podium. Johnson-Thompson's British team-mate Morgan Lake finished sixth. "I feel happy that I ran with Mo Farah".

"I felt pretty worn out in the warm-up and my legs are pretty exhausted".

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