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London 2017: It’s been incredible says Farah

PUBLISHED: 21:45 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:48 12 August 2017

Ethiopia's Muktar Edris does the Mobot as he crosses the finish line ahead of Great Britain's Mo Farah to win gold in the 5,000m final at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Jonathan Brady/PA)

Ethiopia's Muktar Edris does the Mobot as he crosses the finish line ahead of Great Britain's Mo Farah to win gold in the 5,000m final at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Sir Mo Farah admitted his athletics career had been ‘incredible’ after signing off with 5,000 metre silver at the World Championships at London Stadium.

Four-time Olympic champion Farah was bidding for his fourth 5,000m world title and seventh in total, having won his third 10,000m crown eight days earlier, but was beaten in a typically dramatic sprint finish by Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.

And the 34-year-old revealed his exertions had caught up with him, after running out of energy in front of his passionate home crowd.

“It’s been amazing. It’s been a long journey but it’s been incredible,” said Farah.

“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.

“To be honest with you it takes so much out of me. It’s not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised. Tactically, I was trying to cover every move.

“They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. That’s what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day. I gave it my all, I didn’t have a single bit left at the end.”

The pace for most of the race looked to be reasonably comfortable for Farah, but he was suddenly up against it on the final lap and on entering the home straight, he found himself in fourth place for a brief moment.

Asked whether he thought gold was still possible, he added: “I thought it might be possible, but my legs had it. I got boxed in early on - it doesn’t normally happen - but I got boxed in early and couldn’t get out.”

New champion Edris celebrated with a ‘Mobot’ tribute to Farah after dethroning the legend and said: “I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah. After the 10km he was maybe tired so he did not have enough for the last kick. I was stronger.

“Mo has many victories but now I have one. I am the new champion for Ethiopia. That’s why I did the Mobot. I am the next champion.

“I have won the gold in front of his home crowd. I didn’t have much support but we did it. I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him.”

Bronze medalist Paul Chelimo had his own thoughts on the outcome, adding: “I think the Ethiopians had a plan because I think Kejelcha was out there to push the pace early and try and dampen Mo Farah’s kick. Edris was just waiting and waiting to see and sitting by in the last 200m, so in the last 50m I thought ‘There is no way I’m coming out without a medal here.’

“I had to fight and dig deep to get the bronze. To go home with a medal is not bad. I’m happy with performance. There’s not much more I can ask for. Mo is leaving, someone else has to take over now. I’m taking over next year - 2019, I am after that gold.”

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