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Mo Farah wins final track race in dramatic fashion

Mo Farah wins final track race in dramatic fashion

24/08/2017 at 19:32Updated 24/08/2017 at 22:27

Mo Farah brought the curtain down on his track career with a thrilling victory over 5000m in the Zurich Diamond League.

A queue of athletes lined up on the Brit’s shoulder in the final straight, but he somehow held them off to win in 13:06.05 – perhaps his most thrilling finale ever.

World champion Muktar Edris was among those to apply pressure on Farah in the final straight, but he stumbled in the final metres to finish third behind Paul Chelimo. Just 0.13 seconds separated the top four.

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"It's amazing to come away with a win today," Farah told reporters.

"I've been resting up and watching Edris, what tactics he normally uses, studying, working out and tonight the game plan was to sit on him and make him do a lot of the work," he added.

"Going into the last lap, the plan was not to give anyone an inch, and that's what I did."

"I will really miss it but everything must come to an end sometime."

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While the win is unlikely to atone for his shock defeat to Edris over the same distance at the IAAF World Championships in London, it did at least ensure the 34-year-old bowed out on top.

He bows out from the track with a hugely impressive haul of four Olympic gold medals, six world titles and seven European golds.

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