March 23, 2018

I gave it all - Farah reflects on silver swansong

14 August 2017, 01:10 | Kristopher Drake

Mo Farah prepares to race in the men's 5,000m heats Credit Getty Images

Mo Farah prepares to race in the men's 5,000m heats
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The four-time Olympic and six-time world champion hit back at the critics who doubt his achievements in dominating distance running for the past six years.

He will surely rely on the advice of Salazar, a three-time New York Marathon victor in the 1980s, as he makes the step-up to long-distance running.

Also, British runner Mo Farah will compete in his last race on the track at a major championship when he goes for a fourth straight world title in the 5,000.

In 2015, she missed the World Championships in Beijing after breaking her wrist during a mid-race fall in Rom, e.

American Paul Chelimo finished third in 13:33.30.

"I gave it my all, 110 percent", said Farah.

The 30-year-old from the Gold Coast claimed the world title at Daegu in 2011 before taking silver in Moscow two years later.

Edris' fellow Ethiopians 2016 world indoor champion Yomif Kejelcha, 21, and this year's U18 3,000m victor Selemon Barega placed fourth and fifth respectively.

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Rohler, from Germany, made a 88.26m throw in his second attempt and finished fourth while Beijing worlds victor Yego was eliminated after the first three rounds. Washington will get a gold medal.

"I gave it everything", said Farah, who is moving up to the marathon.

"Mo has many victories but now I have one".

Farah, who had already won the 10,000m last week, had not lost a final in 2,176 days, and collapsed to the track after the race and covered his face before being hauled to his feet. Defending champions Jamaica clocked 42.19 for the bronze.

The 34-year-old couldn't hide his disappointment after crossing the line in the race, which took place in the same stadium in which he won two Olympic golds five years ago.

He had been hoping for one final coronation in front of an adoring home crowd.

Pamela Dutkiewicz of Germany secured the best result of her career with bronze medal in 12.72.

"It's been wonderful. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", said Farah who was embraced by his fans as he made his way around the stadium on a lap of honour. Germany's Rico Freimuth, bronze victor two years ago in the Beijing worlds, took silver in 8,564 points and his compatriot Kai Kazmirek won bronze in 8,488.

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