Mo Farah failed to mount a second defense of the 5000m as Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris claimed gold

Sir Mo Farah broke down in tears tonight after finishing second in his last major track appearance at the World Athletics Championships in London.

The athletics legend said he had given ‘everything I had’ in front of a rapturous home crowd, but ended up gaining a disappointing silver behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris.

Heading into the final 100m, it was a four-man race with Farah boxed in by Edris, American Paul Chelimo and Selemon Barega.

The Briton found space on the inside and finished in 13:33:32. But he was left devastated following the race and the final chapter in his track career.

He told the BBC: ‘The 10,000m took a lot more out of me than I had realised. They had a game plan and that was that one was going to sacrifice themselves, but I gave it my all.

‘I didn’t have a single thing left to give at the end. I got boxed in and couldn’t get out.’

Sir Mo is quitting the track to focus on marathons after a star-studded career that has made him the most successful British athlete of all time.

 

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