Sir Mo Farah claims silver in 5000 metres at world athletics championships

Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris found the answer to how to beat Mo Farah, on the six-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion’s home soil no less.

The Briton heads into tonight’s race as favourite to take gold having already won the 10,000m – Great Britain’s only medal of the championships so far – to defend the title he won in 2013 and 2015.

But he was defeated after failing to mount a recovery in the last 200m in a frantic sprint finish.

The 27-year-old clocked 13 minute 35.69 second, almost one second better than his earlier personal best of 13:36.62, in the first round heat number one which earned him a 15th spot in a top class field, featuring defending champion Mo Farah from Great Britain.

An emotional Farah collapsed on the track after the race and appeared nearly inconsolable as he held his arms over his face. “I don’t think there’s enough words to explain the journey and everything”, he said.

“It’s fantastic to serve my country and win medals for them”.

Preview: Usain Bolt, the superstar who made athletics fun and watchable for the past decade returns to the track for the final time Saturday to run on Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team.

British team-mate Andrew Butchart finished eighth in 13mins 38.73secs.