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Devastated Farah weeps on the track after finishing second



  • Sir Mo Farah made his last ever track appearance tonight, racing 5,000m at World Athletics Championships
  • Failed to mount second defence of the title as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in the London Stadium
  • Briton is quitting the track to focus on marathons after becoming most successful British athlete of all time

By Rory Tingle and Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

Published: 15:41 EDT, 12 August 2017 | Updated: 16:15 EDT, 12 August 2017

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Sir Mo Farah broke down in tears tonight after finishing second in his last major track appearance at the World Athletics Championships in London.

The athletics legend said he had given 'everything I had' in front of a rapturous home crowd, but ended up gaining a disappointing silver behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris.  

Heading into the final 100m, it was a four-man race with Farah boxed in by Edris, American Paul Chelimo and Selemon Barega. 

The Briton found space on the inside and finished in 13:33:32. But he was left devastated following the race and the final chapter in his track career.

Sir Mo is quitting the track to focus on marathons after a star-studded career that has made him the most successful British athlete of all time. 

The athletics legend gave his all in front of a rapturous home crowd, but ended up in a disappointing second place - behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris
The athletics legend gave his all in front of a rapturous home crowd, but ended up in a disappointing second place - behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris

The athletics legend gave his all in front of a rapturous home crowd, but ended up in a disappointing second place - behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris

Heading into the final 100m, it was a four-man race with Farah boxed in by Edris, American Paul Chelimo and Selemon Barega. After the race, Sir Mo struggled to hide his disappointment
Heading into the final 100m, it was a four-man race with Farah boxed in by Edris, American Paul Chelimo and Selemon Barega. After the race, Sir Mo struggled to hide his disappointment

Heading into the final 100m, it was a four-man race with Farah boxed in by Edris, American Paul Chelimo and Selemon Barega. After the race, Sir Mo struggled to hide his disappointment

Following the race, Sir Mo was quick to embrace his daughter and wave to fans who had packed into the London Stadium
Following the race, Sir Mo was quick to embrace his daughter and wave to fans who had packed into the London Stadium

Following the race, Sir Mo was quick to embrace his daughter and wave to fans who had packed into the London Stadium

The British athlete holds his head on the track following the disappointment. He could not run down Edris in the final 100m 
The British athlete holds his head on the track following the disappointment. He could not run down Edris in the final 100m 

The British athlete holds his head on the track following the disappointment. He could not run down Edris in the final 100m 

The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold
The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold

The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold

Farah still doubled Great Britain's medal tally having already won the 10,000m last week with the 34-year-old the only GB athlete to have won any honour at the home championships
Farah still doubled Great Britain's medal tally having already won the 10,000m last week with the 34-year-old the only GB athlete to have won any honour at the home championships

Farah still doubled Great Britain's medal tally having already won the 10,000m last week with the 34-year-old the only GB athlete to have won any honour at the home championships

Sir Mo is quitting the track to focus on marathons after a star-studded career that has made him the most successful British athlete of all time 
Sir Mo is quitting the track to focus on marathons after a star-studded career that has made him the most successful British athlete of all time 

Sir Mo is quitting the track to focus on marathons after a star-studded career that has made him the most successful British athlete of all time 

Speaking before tonight's race - pictured - Sir Mo revealed his determination to finish his track career on a positive note
Speaking before tonight's race - pictured - Sir Mo revealed his determination to finish his track career on a positive note

Speaking before tonight's race - pictured - Sir Mo revealed his determination to finish his track career on a positive note

Sir Mo's supporters were quick to take to social media to praise his remarkable career, with one writing, 'Big love to Mo, what a gent and what a legend.'

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: 'You're a London hero, Mo Farah! An honour to watch your last track race.' He later added: 'Thank you to an undisputed legend.'  

The 34-year-old had already bagged a gold in the World Championships 10,000 metres - his 10th global title.

Sir Mo will take part in Diamond League races in Birmingham and Zurich, but London will be his last track appearance of note. 

The father-of-four first burst onto the scene in 2011 with a gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. 

In 2013, he bagged a double gold in the two events at the Moscow World Championships.

The silver medal was a major disappointment for Farah, particularly in the stadium where he won two Olympic gold medals 
The silver medal was a major disappointment for Farah, particularly in the stadium where he won two Olympic gold medals 

The silver medal was a major disappointment for Farah, particularly in the stadium where he won two Olympic gold medals 

Farah was consoled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan after his performance while other members of the audience watched on 
Farah was consoled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan after his performance while other members of the audience watched on 

Farah was consoled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan after his performance while other members of the audience watched on 

The early stages of the race were very slow as Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart looked to control proceedings
The early stages of the race were very slow as Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart looked to control proceedings

The early stages of the race were very slow as Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart looked to control proceedings

Ethiopian Muktar Edris took gold and appeared to do a 'Mobot' following the race. It is unclear whether he was mocking Farah
Ethiopian Muktar Edris took gold and appeared to do a 'Mobot' following the race. It is unclear whether he was mocking Farah

Ethiopian Muktar Edris took gold and appeared to do a 'Mobot' following the race. It is unclear whether he was mocking Farah

 The 34-year-old had already bagged a gold in the London 2017 World Championships 10,000 metres - his 10th global title
 The 34-year-old had already bagged a gold in the London 2017 World Championships 10,000 metres - his 10th global title

 The 34-year-old had already bagged a gold in the London 2017 World Championships 10,000 metres - his 10th global title

The same feat was repeated at the World Championships in Beijing two years later, and again at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

But undoubtedly Sir Mo's most memorable triumphs were his two golds in the 10,000m and 5,000m on home soil during London 2012, when his famous 'Mobot' gesture first graced television screens. 

It was quite a journey for Sir Mo, who arrived in Britain from Somalia at the age of eight with little English, and first competed as a schoolboy runner in 1996. 

And it has not all been plain sailing for the Briton - he has also had to cope with the impact of serious allegations against his coach, Alberto Salazar. 

The father-of-four first burst onto the scene in 2011 with a gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea
The father-of-four first burst onto the scene in 2011 with a gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea

The father-of-four first burst onto the scene in 2011 with a gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea

Undoubtedly Sir Mo's most memorable triumphs were his two golds in the 10,000m and 5,000m(pictured) on home soil during London 2012 
Undoubtedly Sir Mo's most memorable triumphs were his two golds in the 10,000m and 5,000m(pictured) on home soil during London 2012 

Undoubtedly Sir Mo's most memorable triumphs were his two golds in the 10,000m and 5,000m(pictured) on home soil during London 2012 

Sir Mo is seen here celebrating after winning the 10,000m race at London 2012. His performances at the home games confirmed his place in the public's affections
Sir Mo is seen here celebrating after winning the 10,000m race at London 2012. His performances at the home games confirmed his place in the public's affections

Sir Mo is seen here celebrating after winning the 10,000m race at London 2012. His performances at the home games confirmed his place in the public's affections

 In 2013, he bagged a double gold in the two events at the Moscow World Championships. Pictured: After the 5,000 metres
 In 2013, he bagged a double gold in the two events at the Moscow World Championships. Pictured: After the 5,000 metres

 In 2013, he bagged a double gold in the two events at the Moscow World Championships. Pictured: After the 5,000 metres

Sir Mo is seen here celebrating victory in the men's 10,000 metres at the Moscow World Championships, which took place at the Luzhniki stadium
Sir Mo is seen here celebrating victory in the men's 10,000 metres at the Moscow World Championships, which took place at the Luzhniki stadium

Sir Mo is seen here celebrating victory in the men's 10,000 metres at the Moscow World Championships, which took place at the Luzhniki stadium

The same feat was repeated at the World Championships in Beijing two years later. Pictured: The 5,000m race at the Bird's Nest Stadium
The same feat was repeated at the World Championships in Beijing two years later. Pictured: The 5,000m race at the Bird's Nest Stadium

The same feat was repeated at the World Championships in Beijing two years later. Pictured: The 5,000m race at the Bird's Nest Stadium

Salazar is currently under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency and denies all wrongdoing.  

Reflecting on his track career before tonight's race, Sir Mo said: 'To have achieved what I have achieved has been incredible. I don't think there's enough words to explain the journey and everything.

'But you have to appreciate what you have and do the best that I can. That's what I was taught in my early years. Appreciate it.

'Yeah it is emotional but it has been a long career. You guys have seen me since I was a child, running around, going to the English Schools. To come this far has been incredible.'        

Sir Mo celebrates winning the 10,000m race in Beijing in his typical patriotic style. Reflecting on his track career before tonight's race, Sir Mo said: 'To have achieved what I have achieved has been incredible'
Sir Mo celebrates winning the 10,000m race in Beijing in his typical patriotic style. Reflecting on his track career before tonight's race, Sir Mo said: 'To have achieved what I have achieved has been incredible'

Sir Mo celebrates winning the 10,000m race in Beijing in his typical patriotic style. Reflecting on his track career before tonight's race, Sir Mo said: 'To have achieved what I have achieved has been incredible'

Sir Mo also won the double at the Rio Games in 2016. He is seen here posing with both his 5,000m and 10,000m medals
Sir Mo also won the double at the Rio Games in 2016. He is seen here posing with both his 5,000m and 10,000m medals

Sir Mo also won the double at the Rio Games in 2016. He is seen here posing with both his 5,000m and 10,000m medals

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