Mo Farah misses out on golden goodbye as he takes 5,000m silver
Winner Muktar Edris does the Mobot as he crosses the line (Getty)

Mo Farah won silver in the 5,000m final here at the London Stadium on Saturday night to leave the track in disappointment.

Everyone had expected the British distance runner to win gold but he was beaten by Muktar Edris of Ethiopia.

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Paul Chelimo of the United States set the early pace with Farah slotting in behind. It was then the turn of Andrew Butchart to head to the front with the two Brits leading the 15 finalists around the track for a lap.

Edris then moved to the front and Seleman Barage had a go but Farah, as he does, was constantly lurking.

Patrick Tiernan of Australia moved out with five laps to go to up the pace but with two laps left he was pulled in.

Farah was there but Edris worked with his compatriots and did enough to hold off to hold off the Briton despite his best efforts. As the Ethiopian crossed the line he performed Farah’s trademark Mobot celebration.

Mo Farah misses out on golden goodbye as he takes 5,000m silver
The 5000m final (Getty)
Mo Farah misses out on golden goodbye as he takes 5,000m silver
Edris wins the race (Getty)
Mo Farah misses out on golden goodbye as he takes 5,000m silver
Mo Farah after the race (Getty)

The silver adds to Farah’s 10,000m gold medal won here on the opening night of these World Athletics Championships, the only medals won by Great Britain.

Aside from Farah these World Championships have been one of near misses. There was Laura Muir fourth in the 1500m, Dina Asher-Smith fourth in the 200m and medal hopes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Sophie Hitchon leaving empty handed.

Thankfully Farah has delivered, albeit not with the double-gold everyone hoped, but where would we be without him? Worryingly, that is now a question that must be asked as the long-distance runner turns his focus to the road.

Mo’s medals since 2011

2011 World Championships: 5,000m gold, 10,000m silver

2012 Olympics: 5,000m gold, 10,000m gold

2013 World Championships: 5,000m gold, 10,000m gold

2015 World Championships: 5,000m gold, 10,000m gold

2016 Olympics: 5,000m gold, 10,000m gold

2017 World Championships: 5,000m silver, 10,000m gold

He leaves the track as among the most decorated track athletes of all time, essentially being unbeatable on the track since 2011. In the 5,000m he was untouchable before tonight – winning at the Worlds in 2011, 2013, 2015 and of course at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Speaking immediately after the race it was obvious that Farah was hugely disappointed but he leaves the track as a true legend.

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