Mo Farah, who won the 10,000 title in dramatic fashion of the opening day at the London
Stadium, had to settle for silver behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in his final championship
race on the track.
He edged out American Paul Chelimo in a desperate dash for the line, the last mile of a
hitherto slow run race run in just under four minutes.
Farah, 34, will now turn his attention to the marathon after failing in his bid to double up
at the Olympics or World Championship for the fifth time, including double gold in London
2012 and the Rio Games last year.
Britain’s Mo Farah slumps to the track in disappointment after failing in his bid for gold
in the 5,000m at the world athletics championship in London.
Edris, a former world junior champion, timed his last lap burst to perfection to win in 13
minutes 32.79 seconds, copying Farah’s famous Mobot gesture as he crossed the line.
It was not the farewell Farah wanted, but he pointed to his earlier exertions in a dramatic
10,000m final as reason for lacking his usual devastating finish.
“The 10,000m took a lot more out of me than I had realized,” he told BBC Sport.
“I gave it my all. I didn’t have a single thing left to give at the end.”