Mo Farah last night signed off on his last major competition at the World Athletics Championships in London with a silver rather than the gold he coveted.
However, the Briton - who is set to shift his focus to road running - had to settle for a silver medal on Saturday as Ethiopia's Muktar Edris proved strongest on the final lap.
Sir Mo Farah missed out on his dream double after coming second in the 5000 metres at the World Championships.
He also won the 5,000m at the 2011 worlds, giving him 10 global golds in all.
Behind Edris, Farah dug deep to battle back from fourth to second when space opened up on the inside over the last few metres to take silver in 13:33.22.
"For me, it's not Mo Farah - and that's not to do a disservice to Mo, who is one of the greats of all time".
"I don't think there was any more I could have done".
Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22 just failing to repeat his memorable Olympic double on the same track in 2012.
Farah embraced his family and then took a lap of honour to soak up the adulation of his home crowd, but as with his great friend and fellow legend Usain Bolt, he was denied the win he so desperately wanted in his last individual outing. "I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him".
"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move but they had a game-plan".
"It's been a long journey but it's been incredible", Farah added.
"The better man won on the day but I gave it all".
Elsewhere, Britons Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake finished fifth and sixth respectively in the high jump as Maria Lasitskene - the Russian competing as a neutral athlete - won gold with a leap of 2.03m.
However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.