Mo Farah's unbeaten run ends at final hurdle as Muktar Edris causes world championships upset video

Mo Farah's aura of invincibility after six years of success was finally cracked in his last major track race as he lost his world 5000m title to Ethiopia's Muktar Edris.

Seeking a fitting end to his matchless long-distance racing career before moving to marathon running, the 34-year-old's bid for a fifth straight global 10,000/5000m double was scuppered as he had to settle for the silver.

In a thrilling finale, Farah looked to be completely outgunned by three rivals, only to fight back and snatch second place behind Edris, who clocked 13 minutes, 32.79 seconds after a searing final lap.

Mo Farah's aura of invincibility is no more after he was well beaten in the 5000m at the athletics world champs.
KAI PFAFFENBACH

Mo Farah's aura of invincibility is no more after he was well beaten in the 5000m at the athletics world champs.

In the dying metres, Farah shot down the inside to overhaul American Paul Chelimo and clock 13:33.22.

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Farah's fairytale finish was not to be.
Shaun Botterill

Farah's fairytale finish was not to be.

Kenyan-born Chelimo took the bronze in 13:33.30, while Farah's late burst also consigned another Ethiopian, Yomif Kejelcha, to fourth place in 13:33.51.

Just as five years ago, when he completed the first of his two Olympic distance doubles on the second Saturday of the programme to deafening acclaim in the same stadium, a 55,000-strong crowd roared on the home hero.

Yet there was only disappointment as, just like the anti-climax of Usain Bolt winning bronze in the 100m the previous weekend, Farah's farewell just fell short of the dream finale.

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 - AAP

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