Sport Daley Thompson hails Sir Mo Farah as one of the world's greatest

23:55  12 august  2017
23:55  12 august  2017 Source:   Press Association

Sir Mo Farah claims silver medal in 5000m at World Championships

  Sir Mo Farah claims silver medal in 5000m at World Championships Sir Mo Farah missed out on his dream double after coming second in the 5000 metres at the World Championships. The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a second defence of the 5000m as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.Farah had already won the 10,000m last week with the 34-year-old the only GB athlete to have won an individual honour at the home championships. He said: "It's been amazing. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible. 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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Daley Thompson ' s controversial choice of the greatest British sportsmen and women has launched Daley Thompson ' s list of greatest Brits generated plenty of debate Olympic hero Mo Farah is top of Sir Clive Woodward' s list

Mo Farah could not end London 2017 with a gold in the 5,000m: 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium

Daley Thompson described Sir Mo Farah as "one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time" after the Briton brought his major championship career on the track to a close in London.

Farah was unable to make it the perfect send-off in the World Championships 5,000 metres final, but the four-time Olympic gold medal winner did add another silver to his astonishing collection.

The 34-year-old, who won gold for Great Britain in the 10,000m at the London Stadium last Friday, is due to retire from the track at the end of the month - after the Diamond League final in Zurich - to focus on the marathon.

Sir Mo Farah in numbers

  Sir Mo Farah in numbers Sir Mo Farah added another gold medal to his collection on Friday night as he crossed first in the 10,000 metres at the World Championships in London. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the distance runner's illustrious career in numbers. 2 - Farah won an Olympic "double-double", with gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.3 - He is going for the "triple-double" in World Championships. He won 5,000 and 10,000 gold in 2013 and 2015. He is halfway there in London.

Sir Mo Farah hailed the ' greatest win' of his career on the opening night of the World Championships – before ending his press conference early in order to get treatment for cuts. The brutal and physical nature of Farah ' s thrilling 10,000m win was laid bare by the numerous cuts Brit' s left leg

In my career, two things mattered; Olympic gold and world records. As yet Mo has not done super-fast times in the 5,000 or 10,000 metres, which is not, of course, to say he will not. The greatest ? I would say Seb Coe or Daley Thompson , but Mo is still young!"

And double Olympic champion Thompson, who won gold in the decathlon at the 1980 and 1984 Games, believes Farah's legacy will live long in the memory for British athletics fans.

"For me, Mo has been a great hero for everybody," Thompson said on BBC One. "You can't take anything away from his career, he's been absolutely brilliant.

"It's not the way he would have wanted to go out, but it's not a bad way to go. He'll look back in a couple of weeks and think: 'It's been awesome'.

"You remember him not making the Olympic final in 2008, and here we are, looking at one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time. We've seen that complete transformation from zero to hero, unbelievable."

Farah has dominated long-distance running at major championships since 2011, when he claimed silver in the 10,000m and gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu.

What the future holds for Sir Mo Farah

  What the future holds for Sir Mo Farah Sir Mo Farah raced for the final time in Britain on Sunday, fittingly winning the 3,000 metres race in the Muller Grand Prix at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.Sir Mo Farah raced for the final time in Britain on Sunday, fittingly winning the 3,000 metres race in the Muller Grand Prix at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.

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Since then he has tasted nothing but success to finish a distinguished career with a total of five European triumphs, six world titles and four Olympic gold medals.

"I've got a lump in my throat," said Denise Lewis, heptathlon Olympic champion in 2000. "It's been such an illustrious career, just incredible performances.

"This is a celebration, this place is packed to the rafters. It takes a while to really digest this, it's a big deal, the enormity of the situation.

"When he goes home to his bed tonight, I think he'll think: 'I am great'. He's done fantastically well."

Paula Radcliffe, the women's marathon world record holder, also paid tribute to Farah's achievements.

She said: "When he looks at what he has achieved over the last five years, he would never have dreamed he would get this far."

Sir Mo Farah had tears in his eyes after falling narrowly short of London double .
An emotional Sir Mo Farah broke down in tears after missing out on a fairytale finale at the World Championships. The four-time Olympic champion failed to mount a third defence of his 5,000m title as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris claimed gold in London on Saturday.Farah, who had already won the 10,000m last week, had not lost a final in 2,176 days.The 34-year-old collapsed to the track after the race and covered his face before being hauled to his feet.

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