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World Athletics Championships 2017: Mo Farah takes silver in his final track race

Sir Mo FarahREUTERS/EPA/GETTY

HERO: Sir Mo Farah takes silver in his final championship track race

A sell-out crowd cheered on the Olympic medallist as he competed in the men’s 5,000m final in London.

But he was beaten to first place by Ethiopian Muktar Edris who came home in 13 minutes, 32.79 seconds.

Mo finished in 13 minutes, 33.22 seconds. He collapsed on the track and held his hands over his head before rushing to hug his wife Tania and their four children.

Muktar EdrisEPA

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It comes after Sir Mo, 34, admitted earlier in the week he was feeling nervous ahead of his final race.

“I want to leave on a high because that’s the perfect note. But it isn’t going to be easy in the 5k”

Mo Farah – Earlier in the week

He said: “I want to leave on a high because that’s the perfect note. But it isn’t going to be easy in the 5k. It’s going to be tough for me. There are a lot more guys.

“There’s a lot more decisions to be made in a shorter race. In the 10k you’ve got 25 laps so you can relax a little bit if you’re further back to make that decision and work around.

“In the 5k, if you’re not there at a certain point, or if someone’s going to do something and you’re not there, that’s it – it’s gone.”

Mo FarahREUTERS

LEGEND: Mo finished in 13 minutes, 33.22 seconds collapsing on the track

Sir Mo announced plans to retire from the track in May this year, but will continue to run marathons.

Explaining his decision to quit, he said: “Athletes get a lot of injuries and it is important you improve your times and keep improving each year, staying injury free.

“My aim in my career is to continue collecting medals for my country, which I love doing.

Mo FarahPA

RUNNER: Sir Mo announced plans to retire from the track but will continue to run marathons

“Sometimes your time is up and you might have to hang your spikes up.” The runner is the most decorated runner in British athletics history, bagging 5,000m and 10,000m golds at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

He had a streak of unbroken wins since finishing 2nd at the 2011 World Athletics Championships, and was made a knight earlier this year.

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