Muktar Edris crashes Mo Farah party with 5000m gold

Sheri Evans
August 13, 2017

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia won gold with a time of 13:32.79, beating 2016 Olympic champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, who finished in 13:33.22 for the silver medal in his final race on the track.

He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.

"For me that still has to be Haile Gebrselassie, for the distances that he covered, the titles he won and the world records he broke".

To rub in his victory after years of the Ethiopians being tormented by Farah's brilliance, Edris even gave an impression of his rival's famed "Mobot" celebration as he crossed the line.

It was the great man's first defeat in a major championship race since the 2011 world 10 000m final when he also won silver - and, once again, it took dazzling speed to beat him over the last lap.

1976 Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist and BBC commentator Brendan Foster: "We did say fatigue was going to get him. This man has beaten the legend that is Mo Farah in his own back yard".

But when he starts his career as a marathon runner, Farah will be able to reflect on having created an wonderful legacy with his four Olympic and six World Championship gold medals. "In a couple of weeks or months, he will look back and say, "that was awesome".

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"Mo has many victories but now I have one".

"I had to decide what it took to become a champion and that was to move to the other side of the world - nothing was guaranteed but I took that chance".

"I thought it might be possible, but my legs had had it", said Farah.

"This London crowd is unbelievable - there is no place like home. It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised".

Meanwhile, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake finished fifth and sixth respectively in the women's high jump.

Day nine at the World Athletics Championships in London sees the action come to a close with the final day of events.

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