British distance runner Mo Farah called time on his illustrious career at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday, but was denied a golden farewell to mark the end of his senior career since he turned pro in 2005.
Muktar Edris was the one to steal the show on the last race of the legend as he secured gold in the 5,000m track event, outshining Farah who came a close second.
To make matters worse, while the duo crossed the finishing line, Farah looked up to witness his rival imitating his own style of victory celebration by putting his hands over his head, which has widely been termed as ‘Mobot’.
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The trademark celebration by the Ethiopian runner could have been a mark of respect for the paramount career of the Brit, being an inspiration to the entire generation.
The 34-year-old was seen lying on the track beyond the finish line, visibly upset, as Edris came over to pick him up and gestured towards the crowd for a round of applause for Farah.
However, the ‘Mobot’ celebration was not the discovery of Farah himself, as he drew inspiration from Claire Balding, who came up with the gesture during an episode of A League Of Their Own.
Balding described the celebration by saying, as reported by Daily Mirror: “I think you should do the 'M' from YMCA, the M for Mo," she said, performing the move to illustrate her point.
The action went on to become more popular during the London Olympics in 2012, where Farah’s impressive performances won him his double gold medals.
However, fans on Twitter were not impressed with the Ethiopian for stealing the celebration, with some claiming it to be disrespectful.
Below you can see the image of Edris doing the Mobot, and also some angry Twitter users who were left unimpressed.
Despite not managing to win his fourth World Championship gold at the London Stadium this weekend, Farah remains an icon of the sport and an eminent figure of the game for youngsters worldwide.
The turn of events at the 5000m race are more symbolic as it portraits ‘the handing over the mantle’ from the legend to Edris who is still in his prime years and can lead the track and cross country races in the years to come.
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