Sport Sir Mo Farah claims silver medal in 5000m at World Championships

23:55  12 august  2017
23:55  12 august  2017 Source:   Press Association

Sir Mo Farah: Experience will be key in final track gold medal bid

  Sir Mo Farah: Experience will be key in final track gold medal bid Sir Mo Farah admits his experience will be key as he increasingly looks like Great Britain's last gold medal hope at the World Championships. The 34-year-old runs in the 5,000 metres heats on Wednesday having bagged the hosts' only medal in London, the 10,000m title on Friday.Farah has pointed to Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei as one of the men who could stop him bowing out with a second title defence ahead of his track retirement later this month.He will focus on the marathon after August's Diamond League final in Zurich and will use all his cunning to go out with a bang at the London Stadium.

Sir Mo Farah , CBE, is a multiple Olympic, World and European champion – the UK's greatest ever athlete. 2011 was a dream season for Mo as he became the first British man to win the 5,000m in the World T&F Championships , a few days after winning the silver medal in the 10,000m.

Sir Mo Farah will race for the final time on the track at a major championships when he bids to defend his world 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles in London. Another two gold medals would take the four-time Olympic champion ’s total of global titles to 11 and continue his unprecedented spell of long-distance

Mo Farah, right, missed out on gold in the 5000m: 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium

Sir Mo Farah missed out on his dream double after coming second in the 5000 metres at the World Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.

Farah had already won the 10,000m last week with the 34-year-old the only GB athlete to have won an individual honour at the home championships.

He said: "It's been amazing. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible. It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line – I had a couple of minutes to myself – that this is it.

I'll be fit and ready for 5000m world title defence, Farah warns rivals

  I'll be fit and ready for 5000m world title defence, Farah warns rivals Sir Mo Farah has shrugged off his injury scare and warned his rivals he is as ruthless as ever as he closes in on a World Championship double. The four-time Olympic champion won his 10th global title on Friday after a thrilling defence of the 10,000 metres at the London Stadium. Farah won in a sprint finish ahead of Joshua Cheptegei and Paul Tanui to take the world crown for the third time in a row. He was clipped twice heading into the final lap, suffering a cut after being caught by a runner's spikes, and also hurt his knee but declared he will be fit for Wednesday's 5000m heat.

Sir Mo Farah missed out on his dream double after coming second in the 5000 metres at the World Championships . The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000 m as Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.

Sir Mo Farah missed out on his dream double after coming second in the 5000 metres at the World Championships . The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000 m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.

"To be honest with you it takes so much out of me. It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised. Tactically, I was trying to cover every move.

"They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day. I gave it all, I didn't have a single bit left at the end."

Farah, who had not lost a final in 2,176 days, having also won the 10,000m and 5,000m at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, crossed the line in 13 minutes 33.22 seconds.

But he was defeated after failing to mount a recovery in the last 200m in a frantic sprint finish.

Edris finished in 13mins 32.79secs, with the United States' Paul Chelimo third.

An emotional Farah collapsed on the track after the race and appeared almost inconsolable as he held his arms over his face.

He said: "I thought it might be possible (to win), but my legs had it. I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - but I got boxed in early and couldn't get out."

Farah is due to retire from the track at the end of the month, after the Diamond League final in Zurich, to focus on the marathon.

British team-mate Andrew Butchart finished eighth in 13mins 38.73secs.

Meanwhile, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake finished fifth and sixth respectively in the women's high jump.

They both failed to clear 1.97 metres - just one centimetre short of Johnson-Thompson's personal best - having jumped 1.95m and Ashley Bryant came 11th the decathlon with 8,049 points.

Dai Greene backs British athletes to come good despite lack of medals in London .
Former world champion Dai Greene believes Great Britain's next generation of athletes will come good despite their World Championship struggles. The 31-year-old won the 400 metres hurdles world title in 2011 in Daegu and is the last British male, other than Sir Mo Farah, to win a world track title. The hosts are struggling at the championships in London this month with only Farah having won a medal, gold in the 10,000m, so far while Laura Muir finished fourth in the 1500m on Monday.Medal hopes Andy Pozzi, Sophie Hitchon and Holly Bradshaw all underperformed and only Reece Prescod reached the men's 100m final.

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