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Edris ends Farah's invincibility in final race

Last updated on: August 13, 2017 11:12 IST

Mo Farah

IMAGE:  Muktar Edris, right, does the 'Mobot' as Mo Farah looks on after crossing the finish line in the men's 5000 metres final. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Mo Farah's aura of invincibility after six years of unrelenting success was finally cracked in his very last major track race on Saturday as he lost his world 5,000 meters title to Ethiopia's Muktar Edris.

Seeking a fitting end to his matchless long-distance racing career before moving to marathon running, the 34-year-old Briton's bid for a fifth straight global 10,000/5,000m double was scuppered as he had to settle for the silver.

In a thrilling finale, Farah looked to be completely outgunned by three rivals only to fight back and snatch second place behind Edris, who clocked 13 minutes 32.79 seconds after a searing final lap.

In the dying meters, Farah shot down the inside to overhaul American Paul Chelimo and clock 13:33.22.

Kenyan-born Chelimo took the bronze in 13:33.30 while Farah's late burst also consigned another Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha to fourth place in 13:33.51.

Mo Farah

IMAGE:  Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after finishing second in the men's 5000 metres final. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Just as five years ago when he completed the first of his two Olympic distance doubles on the second Saturday of the program to deafening acclaim in the same stadium, a 55,000 crowd roared on the home hero.

Yet there was only disappointment as, just like the anti-climax of Usain Bolt winning bronze in the 100 meters the previous weekend, Farah's farewell just fell short of the dream finale.

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