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Mo bows out at IAAF Athletics championships with two medals


Great Britain finished 6th in the medal table at this year’s IAAF Athletics championships with a win of six medals, with Mo Farah helping to create history by winning his 10th successive global gold medal

The 34 year old long distance runner created the perfect ending to a glittering career, beating off stiff competition in front of sell out crowds at the London Stadium to take a gold in the 10,000m and a silver in the 5,000m. The Great Britain also secured gold in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay in 37.47 seconds – which produced Britain’s first 4 x 100m gold at world championships and the first ever by a host nation.

The British Relay win also cast another shadow over Jamaican Usain Bolt’s last farewell performances, who failed to complete the race after pulling up with an injury. Bolt had already been beaten into third place in his last ever 100 metres at the World Championships, which he says made him ‘sad’ to not be able to deliver.

Clinching six medals overall – two gold, three silver and two bronze – Great Britain finished 6th in the medal table. However, the championships were not without controversy with American former drug cheat Justin Gatlin being booed by the crowd when he was presented with his gold medal for the 100m.

In addition, competitors were also faced with an outbreak of norovirus during the championships, leaving 30 to pull out from the competition. One of the stars affected by the virus was Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who had to withdraw from the men’s 200m heats on medical grounds and was then later barred from competing in the 400m final. However, after much uproar and discontent with the decision, Makwala was given the chance to win a spot in the 200m final if he clocked a time beneath 20.53 seconds during a solo 200 metre heat. So, roared on by the crowd, he successfully recorded a time of 20.20 seconds, securing a spot in the semi finals. However, he failed to make any impact in the final race, finishing in 6th place.

Great Britain and NI medal winners


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