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Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the U.S., Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia and Mo Farah of Britain compete cross the finish line

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ByPete Sharland
12/08/2017 at 19:25 | Updated 12/08/2017 at 20:39
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Ethiopian Muktar Edris crashed the Mo 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 favourite to take the 5,000m gold as well.

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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.

Muktar Edris of Ethiopia does the 'Mobot' as Mohamed Farah of Great Britain looks on after crossing the finishline in the Men's 5000 Metres final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12

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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.

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.

"I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end," a crestfallen and emotional Farah said.

"It's been a long journey but it's been incredible. It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line - I had a couple of minutes to myself - that this is it.

"To be honest with you it takes so much out of me. It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised."

RESULTS IN FULL

1. Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) 13:32.79

2. Mo Farah (Britain) 13:33.22

3. Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (U.S.) 13:33.30

4. Yomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia) 13:33.51

5. Selemon Barega (Ethiopia) 13:35.34

6. Mohammed Ahmed (Canada) 13:35.43

7. Aron Kifle (Eritrea) 13:36.91

8. Andrew Butchart (Britain) 13:38.73

9. Justyn Knight (Canada) 13:39.15

10. Kemoy Campbell (Jamaica) 13:39.74

11. Patrick Tiernan (Australia) 13:40.01

12. Birhanu Balew (Bahrain) 13:43.25

13. Cyrus Rutto (Kenya) 13:48.64

14. Awet Habte (Eritrea) 13:58.68

. Ryan Hill (U.S.) DNS

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