Olympic and world champion Mo Farah criticised media coverage of his legacy at a news conference in London on Sunday.
Farah, who grabbed silver in the final of the men’s 5000 metres in London on Saturday, said he felt the media had been ‘unfair’ towards him with questions about doping and that he felt it was like some want to ‘destroy’ his legacy.
Some of Farah’s frustrations stem from questions relating to his coach Alberto Salazar, a Cuban-born American marathon runner who has worked with the Briton since 2011, who was accused of violating anti-doping rules in a BBC documentary in 2015, including allegations he had given 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.
Farah was exonerated by UK Athletics who found no impropriety on his part after receiving the initial findings of a review into his relationship with Salazar.
On the track, Farah’s aura of invincibility after six years of unrelenting success was finally cracked in his very last major track race on Saturday as he lost his world 5,000 metres title to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.
Seeking a fitting end to his matchless long-distance racing career before moving to marathon running, the 34-year-old Briton’s bid for a fifth straight global 10,000/5,000m double was scuppered as he had to settle for the silver.
Yet even in defeat, Farah demonstrated his champion’s spirit as he fought back in the dying metres to take silver when it looked as if he would be shut out of the medals completely.