Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Farah denied winning send-off in London as Edris claims 5000 metre gold

Farah denied winning send-off in London as Edris claims 5000 metre gold

In the women's 100 metres hurdles, it will be a two-horse race with former 100 metres hurdles champion Sally Pearson of Australia going up against world record holder Kendra Harrison of the U.S. for the title.

Mo Farah couldn't win the last track race of his professional career, as Muktar Edris beat the Brit to the finish line in the 5,000 meters of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on Saturday. Andrew Butchart, the other Briton appearing in the final, finished eighth with a time of 13:38.73.

"I gave 110 per cent", he said in the immediate aftermath.

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

"It's been awesome. 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".

"They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves".

Seeking a fitting end to his matchless long-distance racing career before moving to marathon running, the 34-year-old Briton's bid for a fifth straight global 10,000/5,000m double was scuppered as he had to settle for the silver.

"I got boxed in early on (in the final charge) - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".

"I remember in 2008, being so disappointed and not sure whether to carry on with the sport or not".

"It's been fantastic. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", Farah added.

"I have a few more races on the track and then I will take a short break and then this chapter of my life is closed. It didn't quite hit home until I took a few moments to myself where I realised this is it". "I feel happy that I ran with Mo Farah. I'm glad I got to bounce back and show that I'm not a quitter, I know I can do a good heptathlon and I'll get there one day and there's always next year".

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