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Mo Farah takes world 5,000m silver to fall short of a farewell double

The Guardian logo The Guardian 12/08/2017 Observer Sport
Muktar Edris of Ethiopia wins the 5,000m ahead of Mo Farah Paul Chelimo of the US and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia: Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, left, wins the 5,000m ahead of Mo Farah, right, Paul Chelimo of the US and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia. © Reuters Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, left, wins the 5,000m ahead of Mo Farah, right, Paul Chelimo of the US and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia.

Mo Farah missed out on the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Athletics Championships, bringing down the curtain on his track career at major events with a silver medal.

Farah, 34, is stepping up to the marathon and had hoped to add to the doubles he won at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 world championships. He also won the 5,000m at the 2011 worlds, giving him 10 global golds in all.

However, Muktar Edris of Ethiopia broke with his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha on the last lap and though the latter faded Farah was unable to chase down Edris and had to settle for a battling silver.

Farah still doubled Great Britain’s medal tally, remaining the only GB athlete to have won any honour at the home championships.

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