Sir Mo Farah claims silver in 5000 metres at world athletics championships

Mo Farah takes world 5000m silver to fall short of a farewell double

Farah's farewell ends in agony

This time Farah, who could hardly hold back the tears, set-off alone to receive the applause of some 60,000 fans in a stadium where he had never lost a race and struck double Olympic gold five years ago.

The British record holder equalled her season's best with a 1.95 metre effort but couldn't get over 1.97m, which would have been just a centimetre under her personal best from last year's Rio Olympics.

Approaching the final bend, Farah found himself stuck behind by the Ethiopian and his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha, with Chelimo also in contention.

Greatest sprinter of all time, Bolt, would race in men's 4x100 metres relay for Jamaica with the hope to win his 20th global championship title, something he was denied last week when he finished third in the 100 meters.

"Tactically, they worked as a team", said Farah.

"To be honest with you it takes so much out of me".

"I have a few more races on the track and then I will take a short break and then this chapter of my life is closed".

American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. I would have loved to have seen Usain win but at this level no-one is going to give it you, no matter who you are.

Yet even in defeat, Farah demonstrated his champion's spirit as he fought back in the dying metres when it looked as if he would be shut out of the medals completely.

But after the race, almost all of the attention went to Farah.

Last Friday night, he produced another bold if not ballsy display in the 10,000m, riding each wave of surge and counter surge with utter fearlessness: he very almost fell over himself too with 300m to run - yet held his nerve and ultimately devastating kick to win in 26:49.53, the fastest time in the world this year. He had also won both distance events in Moscow in 2013.

Govindan Lakshmanan ran his personal best but it was still not enough for him to qualify for the final round of the men's 5000m race in the World Athletics Championships.

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