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13 August 2017, 12:27 | Ken Black
Britain's Mo Farah ended his track career with silver in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday night
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.
Farah embraced his family and then took a lap of honour to soak up the adulation of his home crowd, but as with his great friend and fellow legend Usain Bolt, he was denied the win he so desperately wanted in his last individual outing.
"I gave it my all, 110 percent", said Farah. Tactically, I was trying to cover every move.
Farah admitted after last Saturday's 10,00m victory that his quest for a double World Championship gold would be "tough" - and it showed as the 34-year-old struggled to assert his authority on tonight's race.
Kenyan-born American Paul Chelimo claimed bronze in 13:33.30 while Farah's late burst also consigned another Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha to fourth place in 13:33.51.
"They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves".
The 5,000 metres was Sir Mo's last track event at a championships before he concentrates on marathon racing. The better man won.
Having won gold in the 10,000m Farah was the favourite to take the 5,000m gold as well. Five laps to go, Chelimo went again, then the Australian Patrick Tiernan, briefly opening a 10 metre gap, the tension rising all the time.
Pearson delivered the ideal championship performance too, her 12.59 seconds run from the front and enough to hold off the American Dawn Harper Nelson, with Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz beating world record holder Kendra Harrison for the bronze.
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