sport news Sir Mo Farah climbs London Eye to bid stylish farewell

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. 

Mo Farah won gold for Great Britain in the 10,000m at the London Stadium last Friday and remains the country's No 1 athlete

Mo Farah won gold for Great Britain in the 10,000m at the London Stadium last Friday and remains the country's No 1 athlete

The 34-year-old, who is due to retire from the track at the end of the month, stood atop the London Eye on Sunday morning

The 34-year-old, who is due to retire from the track at the end of the month, stood atop the London Eye on Sunday morning

After suffering the agony of defeat in his final race, the last place you may have expected Farah to be was on the London Eye

After suffering the agony of defeat in his final race, the last place you may have expected Farah to be was on the London Eye

Farah has been a known star since claiming gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu six years ago

Farah has been a known star since claiming gold in the 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu six years ago

Towering over the capital's skyline, Farah stood arms outstretched atop the London Eye as he brought the curtain down on an illustrious sporting career in his home city.

While the world's tallest Ferris wheel was superseded by the Shard as the highest public viewing point in London in 2013 - Farah's legacy as Britain's most successful track athlete in modern Olympic Games history could stand for some time.

As with Usain Bolt in the ensuing men's 4x100m relay, Farah was denied the fairytale end as he failed to mount a second defence of his world title, but the 34-year-old's infectious grin was once more on show in the early hours of Sunday. 

Farah has brought so much joy to thousands of British track hopefuls looking to follow in his footsteps, but this was not the final chapter of his career with the runner set to turn his full attention to marathons.

Sir Mo surveys his home town and home stadium from the best viewpoint in the city, atop the London Eye

Sir Mo surveys his home town and home stadium from the best viewpoint in the city, atop the London Eye

The 34-year-old icon stands arms outstretched above the world's tallest Ferris wheel by the Houses of Parliament

The 34-year-old icon stands arms outstretched above the world's tallest Ferris wheel by the Houses of Parliament

Farah has tasted nothing but success to finish a career with five European triumphs, six world titles and four Olympic golds

Farah has tasted nothing but success to finish a career with five European triumphs, six world titles and four Olympic golds

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, hailed the impact of Farah on Britihs athletics, tweeting after the race on Saturday night: 'You're a London [email protected]_Farah! An honour to watch

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