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

Mo Farah throws himself onto the track after finishing second. REUTERS  Lucy Nicholson
Mo Farah throws himself onto the track after finishing second. REUTERS Lucy Nicholson

13 August, 2017

The 2011 world and 2012 Olympic champion Pearson, 30, shot into the lead midway through the hurdles and never looked back for gold in 12.59 seconds.

2012 world youth champion Edris, 23, produced a strong charge on the final stretch to lift his first ever major senior world title in 13:32.79, leaving two-time Olympic 5,000 titlist and newly crowned 10,000m victor Farah, 34, to the second place in 13:33.22.

The silver adds to Farah's 10,000m gold medal won here on the opening night of these World Athletics Championships, the only medals won by Great Britain.

"I gave 110 per cent", he said in the immediate aftermath.

"And I went, "Anything you want to do, really".

"There's a lot more decisions to be made in a shorter race".

"In the 5k, if you're not there at a certain point, or if someone's going to do something and you're not there, that's it - it's gone".

The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a third defence of his 5,000m title as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.

He 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, and conceded he was overcome in the London Stadium. What I've achieved has been incredible. "I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - but I got boxed in early and couldn't get out". These guys have seen me year after year and to be able to have that long career and keep coming back.

She tried to find her English mother Anne McLellan - who had taken two jobs when she was raising her daughter as a single parent so she could go to training and achieve her dream - and husband, childhood sweetheart Kieran, but without success.

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".

Bolt, who won the individual 100 and 200m and the 4x100m relay in London in 2012, collapsed to the track injured anchoring the Jamaica 4x100 metres relay team.

"Mo has many victories but now I have one", said the 23-year-old.

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