British track star says ‘history does not lie’ as he finishes his major championships career with a silver medal in the 5,000m at London
Farah still looked shell-shocked yesterday after finally being dethroned from his astonishing six-year spell of world domination.
Mo Farah insists that he has no regrets about putting his legacy on the line in London
Mo Farah finished his track career with a silver medal in the 5,000m after being defeated by Ethiopian in Muktar Edris
His World Championships career ended where it began — with silver.
Back in South Korea in 2011 it was the 10,000 metres, when he was beaten by Ibrahim Jeilan.
This time at London 2017 it was in the 5,000m — when he had to settle for second behind another Ethiopian in Muktar Edris.
But they were only bookends to a glittering Olympic distance double double and six world titles.
And the 34-year-old, who will run Diamond League races in Birmingham and Zurich this month before moving up to the marathon, is certain his record speaks for itself.
He said: “History doesn’t lie. What I’ve achieved over the years is from hard work.
Mo Farah’s six-year spell of world domination ended in the capital
Mo Farah will run Diamond League races in Birmingham and Zurich this month before moving up to the marathon
“Putting my balls on the line, year after year and delivering for my country. Through hard work and pain.
“I’m very proud to have achieved what I have. It has really been an incredible journey.
“I hope I can leave a legacy behind for kids and show anything is possible in life if you stick at it.
“Sometimes I get emotional because the track is where I’ve made it.
Mo Farah insists his journey has been ‘incredible’ despite its sad end
Mo Farah will now be moving up to the marathon
Mo Farah did have a parting shot at sections of the media
“I obviously won two Olympic golds at London 2012. London is where it has all happened. It changed my life and my career.”
Farah, who lay on the track at the London Stadium sobbing after losing his title to Edris, added: “No matter what I do in life, it will never be the same again. I will sadly miss that. But it’s time to make a move. I want to be able to close this chapter in my life.”
Farah did have a parting shot for sections of the media, accusing them of trying to “destroy” him over his relationship with controversial coach Alberto Salazar.
Salazar is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Both he and Farah deny they have ever broken anti-doping rules.
Mo Farah only manages a 5000m silver medal at the World Athletics Championships 2017 in London
Farah said: “So many times, you guys have been unfair to me.
“Sometimes I find it bizarre how certain people write certain things to suit how they want to sell the story.”
Farah admitted winning gold in the 10,000m final on the London 2017 opening weekend had been the toughest race of his career.
And he does not know what more he could have done to beat Edris to 5,000m glory.
Farah added: “I’ve seen a video of the race and I’m trying to think what I could have changed.
2011 World Championships 10,000m – Silver
2011 World Championships 5,000m – Gold
2012 Olympics 10,000m – Gold
2012 Olympics 5,000m – Gold
2013 World Championships 10,000m – Gold
2013 World Championships 5,000m – Gold
2015 World Championships 10,000m – Gold
2015 World Championships 5,000m – Gold
2016 Olympics 10,000m – Gold
2016 Olympics 5,000m – Gold
2017 World Championships 10,000m – Gold
2017 World Championships 5,000m – Silver
“I’ve always been on the inside line and no one comes on the last lap. This time a few came, I was going flat out. I couldn’t have gone any faster.
“The better man won on the day. It’s taken them six years to do it though.
“I think I can do something on the road but it will take a few marathons to get it right.
“My road name is Mohamed. I feel like Mo is done. I need to forget about what I’ve achieved.
“I am proud to put my GB vest on and do it for my country. I’m a clean athlete and as long as I understand that, I can sleep well at night, loving my kids, showing them what’s right.”
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Mo Farah wins gold at the Athletics World Championships 2017, the sixth time in his incredible career