Somali born Sir Mo Farah, CBE announced that he would switch from track events to the marathon after the loss of Gold in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
He won the 10,000m event, and came 2nd taking silver in the 5,000m event after Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris. He missed out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row.
Somali born Sir Mo Farah, CBE, is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m, and is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to defend the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles successfully.
Muktar Edris of Ethiopia finished 0.43 seconds ahead of Mo Farah who seemed to be unbeatable. “There is nothing you can do, it happens in athletics,” Farah said. “I know myself, when I crossed the line, there was nothing left — I gave it all.”
“They had a game plan, it was three against one,” Farah said. “They had to sacrifice one of them — Kejelcha — not to get a medal, and Edris to sit at the back and to do as [little] work as possible and to come beat me on the last lap.”
“I gave 110 percent, there was nothing more I could have done,” Farah said. Those in the stadium were still proud of their hero, recognising what he has done for British sport and the legacy he leaves behind. A montage of his greatest moments played on the stadium’s screens as Edris began his lap of honor.
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“Nobody used to think we could beat the Kenyans, the Ethiopians. Anything is possible,” he said, choking back the emotion.
“What I have achieved for the last six or seven years has been incredible. It just shows what kind of person I am and what it takes to be champion. At the same time, I know I gave it all, the better man won on the day.
“This is end of it in terms of major championships, I’m done. I’ve closed that chapter of my life. I want to start a new challenge in my life and move on to the roads and see what I can do.”