Sir Mo Farah pays tribute to capital as he calls time on track career

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Sir Mo Farah today paid tribute to the city of his birth as he struck his famous pose on top of the London Eye.

The 34-year-old distance runner is calling time on his track career this month and last night said an emotional farewell after claiming silver in the 5,000m at the World Championships in London.

The four-time Olympic champion broke down in tears as he narrowly missed out on gold in a rare upset in his glittering career.

But on Sunday morning, Sir Mo was back in his tracksuit on the banks of the Thames as he clambered outside a capsule on top of the 135m high London Eye.

Sir Mo said: “London’s where it’s at. This is where I grew up, this is my city and I really enjoyed this morning … on the London Eye and going out the top and seeing Big Ben.

“It’s amazing. London has a lot to say and it has a great icon.

“It’s amazing for me, the journey started in London and I always wanted to end it in London and with the World Championship here …was a good way to end my career.”

Sir Mo won the 10,000m and 5,000m at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships while he also claimed the 5,000m crown in 2011, taking silver in the 10,000m – the last time he was beaten.

It followed a pair of golds at the Rio and London Olympics.

Early start: Sir Mo posed in front of Big Ben as the London Eye rose to heights of 135m (PA)

He crossed the line in 13 minutes 33.22 seconds on Saturday but was defeated by Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris after failing to mount a recovery in the last 200m in a frantic sprint finish.

Sir Mo 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, and said: “Training has been going pretty well. I came to this championship, gave it all my best and come away with one gold and one silver.

“I’m disappointed with silver but at the same time a better man won on the day and there’s nothing I could have done. I did my best and in athletics there’s no hiding: what you put in is what you get out.”


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