Sport Daley Thompson hails Sir Mo Farah as one of the world's greatest

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

Day one at London 2017

  Day one at London 2017 Sir Mo Farah claimed 10,000 metres gold and Usain Bolt breezed into the 100m semi-finals on the opening day of the World Championships at the London Stadium. Farah produced one of the performances of his life to defend the title he won two years ago in Beijing and complete the first part of yet another long-distance double.Bolt, in his final championships before retirement, did not need to break sweat as he clocked 10.07 seconds to win his heat.

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Mo Farah could not end London 2017 with a gold in the 5,000m: 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium

Daley Thompson described Sir Mo Farah as "one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time" after the Briton brought his major championship career on the track to a close in London.

Farah was unable to make it the perfect send-off in the World Championships 5,000 metres final, but the four-time Olympic gold medal winner did add another silver to his astonishing collection.

The 34-year-old, who won gold for Great Britain in the 10,000m at the London Stadium last Friday, 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.

Sir Mo Farah in numbers

  Sir Mo Farah in numbers Sir Mo Farah added another gold medal to his collection on Friday night as he crossed first in the 10,000 metres at the World Championships in London. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the distance runner's illustrious career in numbers. 2 - Farah won an Olympic "double-double", with gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.3 - He is going for the "triple-double" in World Championships. He won 5,000 and 10,000 gold in 2013 and 2015. He is halfway there in London.

Sir Mo Farah hailed the ' greatest win' of his career on the opening night of the World Championships – before ending his press conference early in order to get treatment for cuts. The brutal and physical nature of Farah ' s thrilling 10,000m win was laid bare by the numerous cuts Brit' s left leg

In my career, two things mattered; Olympic gold and world records. As yet Mo has not done super-fast times in the 5,000 or 10,000 metres, which is not, of course, to say he will not. The greatest ? I would say Seb Coe or Daley Thompson , but Mo is still young!"

And double Olympic champion Thompson, who won gold in the decathlon at the 1980 and 1984 Games, believes Farah's legacy will live long in the memory for British athletics fans.

"For me, Mo has been a great hero for everybody," Thompson said on BBC One. "You can't take anything away from his career, he's been absolutely brilliant.

"It's not the way he would have wanted to go out, but it's not a bad way to go. He'll look back in a couple of weeks and think: 'It's been awesome'.

"You remember him not making the Olympic final in 2008, and here we are, looking at one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time. We've seen that complete transformation from zero to hero, unbelievable."

Farah has dominated long-distance running at major championships since 2011, when he claimed silver in the 10,000m and gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu.

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.

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Since then he has tasted nothing but success to finish a distinguished career with a total of five European triumphs, six world titles and four Olympic gold medals.

"I've got a lump in my throat," said Denise Lewis, heptathlon Olympic champion in 2000. "It's been such an illustrious career, just incredible performances.

"This is a celebration, this place is packed to the rafters. It takes a while to really digest this, it's a big deal, the enormity of the situation.

"When he goes home to his bed tonight, I think he'll think: 'I am great'. He's done fantastically well."

Paula Radcliffe, the women's marathon world record holder, also paid tribute to Farah's achievements.

She said: "When he looks at what he has achieved over the last five years, he would never have dreamed he would get this far."

What the future holds for Sir Mo Farah .
Sir Mo Farah raced for the final time in Britain on Sunday, fittingly winning the 3,000 metres race in the Muller Grand Prix at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.Sir Mo Farah raced for the final time in Britain on Sunday, fittingly winning the 3,000 metres race in the Muller Grand Prix at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.


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