Mohamed Farah Takes World 5,000m Silver To Fall Short Of A Farewell Double

Ethiopian Muktar Edris crashed the Mohamed Farah party by beating the Brit to take 5,000m gold at the World Athletics Championships.

Having won gold in the 10,000m Farah was the favorite to take the 5,000m gold as well.

Farah rarely looked troubled as he ran the race extremely well from a tactical perspective, with none of his fellow runners really forcing him to run hard from the off.

However in the final 1,000m Farah started to struggle as the 23-year-old Edris and compatriot Yomif Kejelcha really upped the pace.

Farah just couldn’t keep up with them and he was grimacing as he fought off Paul Chelimo from the United States to make sure he took silver.

In his last track race Farah quickly went to the front of the race in order to keep the pace with the dangerous Chelimo.

With nine laps to go Farah’s fellow Brit Andrew Butchart briefly led with the pace slow as Edris and Cyrus Rutto made the moves to go up with Farah.

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, left, wins the 5,000m ahead of Mohamed Farah, right, Paul Chelimo of the US and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

As the lap clock ticked down to seven, youngster Selemon Barega pushed up as he tried to increase what was a tepid pace.

As the group went through the 3,000m mark Australian Patrick Tiernan was the one who decided to change the pace and he opened up a little gap between Chelimo, Farah and the rest of the pack.

However he was easily caught as Edris started to press home his advantage.

 

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