London 2017: Farah fails to win 5000m gold, settles for silver

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Athletics - World Athletics Championships - men's 5000 meters final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 12, 2017 - Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Mo Farah of Britain react after crossing the finish line.

Farah, who is planning to turn his attention to road racing, completed the 10,000m/5,000m double at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 worlds.

Farah narrowly missed out on a remarkable fifth consecutive major championships distance double in London but don't say he settled for silver.

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.

Farah did a little boxer's routine as he took to the line psyching himself up for another bruising battle like the 10,000m where he was spiked and nearly elbowed off the track.

"To be honest with you it takes so much out of me". It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line - I had a couple of minutes to myself - that this is it.

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Farah - who immediately went to his family as he has made a habit of doing - said he had had an extraordinary ride in the past six years.

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move", said Farah, after being consoled by his wife and four children at trackside.

He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.

"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".

He won the 5,000m a week later and since then has done the double at the worlds in Moscow, Beijing as well as the Olympics in 2012 and Rio a year ago bit not London.

Johnson-Thompson tried to tap into the wave of emotion for Farah making her final attempt after the 5,000 race had started, but despite her efforts could not clear the bar.

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