National champion Kemoy Campbell finished 10th out of the 16 starters in the men's 5000-metre final on the ninth and penultimate day of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on Saturday.
However, Muktar Edris of Ethiopia broke with his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha on the last lap and though the latter faded Farah was unable to chase down Edris and had to settle for a battling silver. "I gave it all, I didn't have a single bit left at the end". "It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realized".
"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move", said Farah, after being consoled by his wife and four children at trackside.
Farah, who had not lost a final in 2,176 days, having also won the 10,000m and 5,000m at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, crossed the line in 13 minutes 33.22 seconds.
Quite simply, Farah will go down in history as Britain's best-ever athlete and one of the greatest the world has ever witnessed.
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In the dying metres, Farah shot down the inside to overhaul American Paul Chelimo and clock 13:33.22.
As the group went through the 3,000m mark Australian Patrick Tiernan was the one who made a decision to change the pace and he opened up a little gap between Chelimo, Farah and the rest of the pack.
Farah will retire from track athletics this month to focus on marathon running.
Farah was welcomed to the start line by another roar from the London Stadium crowd and urged them to keep going with a wave of the hand in the opening paces.