Still head and shoulders above all but one of his rivals, Sir Mo Farah found the perfect way to overcome the agony of missing out on another gold medal at the World Athletics Championship as he reclaimed his trademark ‘Mobot’ celebration.
Farah wept on the track as he snatched a silver medal in his final major race of a glittering career, and having clocked a time of 13:33 in the exhausting 5,000m race, the four-time Olympic champion said he had given ‘everything I had’ in front of a rapturous home crowd.
There was controversy before the race as US runner Paul Chelimo made a ‘death to Mobot’ gesture as the cameras panned along the competitors, but he was back to show the celebration shall live on, in the most unlikely spot at sunrise on Sunday.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, hailed the impact of Farah on British athletics, tweeting after the race on Saturday night: ‘You’re a London hero @Mo_Farah! An honour to watch your last track race #mobot.’
Farah’s devastation was palpable as the Stratford stadium was stunned into silence, many of those inside having come to see a final celebration for both he and Bolt.
He admitted: ‘I had tears in my eyes, I’ve never had that before. It’s been an amazing journey. To end it in London, where it all started, I got a bit emotional.
‘I look at my family, what I’ve done and it gets to you. At the end of the day I’m human and it hasn’t all been a smooth ride.
‘If I had it perfect it would have been nice to end in double double but anything is possible. At some point it has to come to an end.
‘I always told myself London is where it started and London was where it was going to stop. I was known as normal Mo and then overnight after London I was ‘Mo’, I couldn’t go anywhere. To finish here is a nice thing.