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Sir Mo Farah claims silver medal in 5000m at World Championships

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Mo Farah in training yesterday for the 5,000m at the World Championships. Gold tonight would secure a fifth consecutive long-distance double at a major championship

In what was his last major track appearance before retirement later this month, the 34-year-old finished with a time of 13 minutes 33.22 seconds - almost one second behind gold-winner Muktar Edris of Ethiopia.

Sir Mo Farah missed out on his dream double after coming second in the 5000 metres at the World Championships.

"I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end", a crestfallen and emotional Farah said.

Claiming to have been exhausted after his 10,000m efforts and 5,000m heats, he added: "Tactically, I was trying to cover every move".

However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.

Mo Farah had to settle for silver medal in the final race of his track career.

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Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn't have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races. The better man won.

An emotional Farah collapsed on the track after the race and appeared nearly inconsolable as he held his arms over his face. "I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out". Andrew Butchart, the other Briton appearing in the final, finished eighth with a time of 13:38.73.

For Farah, there will be no comeback on the track, as he now moves up the marathon looking to extend his gold medal haul.

They both failed to clear 1.97 metres - just one centimetre short of Johnson-Thompson's personal best - having jumped 1.95m and Ashley Bryant came 11th the decathlon with 8,049 points.

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