August 23, 2017

Devastated Farah weeps on the track after finishing second


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. 

And there was controversy before the race as US runner Paul Chelimo made a ‘death to Mobot’ gesture as the cameras panned along the competitors.

The American followed Farah’s signature pose with a throat-cutting motion. He went on to come third, one place behind the Briton.  

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

He told the BBC: ‘The 10,000m took a lot more out of me than I had realised. They had a game plan and that was that one was going to sacrifice themselves, but I gave it my all.

‘I didn’t have a single thing left to give at the end. I got boxed in and couldn’t get out.’

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. 

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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

Sir Mo is applauded by staff and spectators as he leaves the track with his son after taking silver in the 5,000m in the London Stadium

Sir Mo is applauded by staff and spectators as he leaves the track with his son after taking silver in the 5,000m in the London Stadium

Sir Mo is applauded by staff and spectators as he leaves the track with his son after taking silver in the 5,000m in the London Stadium

Sir Mo cradled his son in his arms as he paraded around the track with a Union Jack and an Arsenal FC flag. His supporters were quick to take to social media to celebrate his incredible track career

Sir Mo cradled his son in his arms as he paraded around the track with a Union Jack and an Arsenal FC flag. His supporters were quick to take to social media to celebrate his incredible track career

Sir Mo cradled his son in his arms as he paraded around the track with a Union Jack and an Arsenal FC flag. His supporters were quick to take to social media to celebrate his incredible track career

The star showed he still had his sense of humour despite the disappointment by pulling off a 'mobot' after receiving his silver medal 

The star showed he still had his sense of humour despite the disappointment by pulling off a 'mobot' after receiving his silver medal 

The star showed he still had his sense of humour despite the disappointment by pulling off a ‘mobot’ after receiving his silver medal 

Sir Mo posed on the podium alongside Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who mocked his mobot pose before the start of the race

Sir Mo posed on the podium alongside Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who mocked his mobot pose before the start of the race

Sir Mo posed on the podium alongside Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who mocked his mobot pose before the start of the race

The silver medallist joined his wife and family on the podium before they waved to crowds who had packed into the London Stadium

The silver medallist joined his wife and family on the podium before they waved to crowds who had packed into the London Stadium

The silver medallist joined his wife and family on the podium before they waved to crowds 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

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

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

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

Other supporters paid tribute to Farah on social media, with one writing: 'Big love to Mo, what a gent and what a legend'

Other supporters paid tribute to Farah on social media, with one writing: 'Big love to Mo, what a gent and what a legend'

Other supporters paid tribute to Farah on social media, with one writing: ‘Big love to Mo, what a gent and what a legend’

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 added after the race: ‘Thank you to an undisputed legend.’

Farah, 34, had already bagged a gold in the World Championships 10,000 metres – his 10th global title. 

He will take part in Diamond League races in Birmingham and Zurich, but tonight’s race was 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. 

Farah tells in his autobiography about an encounter with another boy shortly after arriving in England as an eight-year-old from Somalia when he tried out of the few English phrases he knew – ‘C’mon then’.

He ended that day with a black eye and the respected of his classmates.

‘Everyone knew about the crazy Somali kid who’d picked a fight with the hardest kid on his first day of school,’ Farah wrote. ‘They knew I wasn’t weak.’

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

MO FARAH’S RECORD BREAKING TRACK CAREER

Sir Mo Farah’s bid for double golden farewell ended in disappointment on Saturday as he had to settle for silver in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion, who won gold for Great Britain in the 10,000m at the London Stadium last Friday, 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.

Here is a look back at the 34-year-old’s 10 global golds:

2011 World Championships, Daegu – 5,000m

Having been pipped at the line by the unknown Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan in the 10,000m days earlier, Farah upgraded his silver to gold over the shorter distance, holding off a late charge from American Bernard Lagat.

2012 Olympic Games, London – 10,000m

Farah completed ‘Super Saturday’ for Great Britain by winning the third of three home gold medals in the Olympic Stadium in one night, kicking away down the home straight to roars from the crowd.

2012 Olympic Games, London – 5,000m

Farah became just the seventh man in Olympic history to achieve the illustrious 5,000m and 10,000m double, resisting a late attack from Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel.

2013 World Championships, Moscow – 10,000m

He gained revenge on Jeilan by powering down the home straight to hold off the Ethiopian and claim the only global crown missing from his collection.

2013 World Championships, Moscow – 5,000m

Farah completed the double-double, two world titles to go with his twin Olympic crowns, kicking with 650m to go and holding off a host of challengers down the home straight.

2015 World Championships, Beijing – 10,000m

He put a summer of speculation and rumour behind him to again prove unbeatable on the track, bursting away from the twin Kenyan challenge of Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Paul Tanui down the home straight.

2015 World Championships, Beijing – 5,000m

Helped by the slow early pace, he racked up a seventh straight global title and completed the ‘triple double’, surging past spent Kenyan Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku to take the victory.

2016 Olympic Games, Rio – 10,000m

Farah recovered from a fall after being tripped by training partner Galen Rupp to become the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals.

2016 Olympic Games, Rio – 5,000m

Farah avoided any such drama and pulled clear down the home straight, holding off the challenge of American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet to become only the second man after Lasse Viren to retain Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

2017 World Championships, London – 10,000m

This may go down as Farah’s greatest success. Tested from the off, he looked to be in trouble at times but found it in him to do the hard yards and then kick for victory on the home straight. 



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