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Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

London 2017: Farah fails to win 5000m gold, settles for silver

London 2017: Farah fails to win 5000m gold, settles for silver

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.

Andy Butchart then raced to the front alongside Farah briefly on the penultimate lap, as Yomif Kejelcha and Edris took over at the bell.

"I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end", a crestfallen and emotional Farah said. 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.

Farah, a two-time double world champion and two-time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22.

"I don't think there was any more I could have done".

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move", said Farah, after being consoled by his wife and four children at trackside.

Momentarily, it looked like Farah might not even take a medal. The better man won.

Sir Mo Farah was unable to complete a golden double here at the London edition of the World Athletics Championships after claiming silver in the men's 5,000m final on Saturday night.

Farah was welcomed to the start line by another roar from the London Stadium crowd and urged them to keep going with a wave of the hand in the opening paces. Last Friday night, he produced another bold if not ballsy display in the 10,000m, riding each wave of surge and counter surge with utter fearlessness: he very almost fell over himself too with 300m to run - yet held his nerve and ultimately devastating kick to win in 26:49.53, the fastest time in the world this year.

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.

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