Edris ends Farah's invincibility in final race

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

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

He has raced sparingly outdoors this year, taking victories over 3000m in Kingston and London and over 5000m in Eugene and 10,000m in Ostrava.

Indeed, Farah was only fourth coming into the homestretch and chased down Edris fast with the line approaching; just not fast enough, Edris winning in 13:32.79, slow by championship standards but in tactical execution perfectly impressive. The bronze medal went to American Paul Chelimo (13:33.30).

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. "I think I have gained a lot of experience after this race", he added.

"Tactically, they worked as a team", said Farah.

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

He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.

Yet even in defeat, Farah demonstrated his champion's spirit as he fought back in the dying metres when it looked as if he would be shut out of the medals completely. "It didn't quite hit home until I took a few moments to myself where I realised this is it".

"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".

But after the race, almost all of the attention went to Farah.

It is also about Kenya's bid to end 12-year gold drought in men's 5,000m, which Benjamin Kipkoech Limo last won in Helsinki, Finland, in 2005.

Mo Farah of Great Britain reacts after finishing second in the Men's 5000 Metres final.

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