Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Ethiopia's Edris ends Farah's winning streak with 5000m gold

Ethiopia's Edris ends Farah's winning streak with 5000m gold

The World Athletics Championships in London were Farah's last ever major championships on the track but he failed to complete a fifth 5,000m-10,000m double, beaten in the shorter of his two races by Ethiopia's Muktar Edris.

But he was beaming again on Sunday morning, back in his tracksuit and clambering outside a London Eye capsule on top of the 135m high wheel.

Farah had been targeting a fifth consecutive world championship double at the same venue where he won Olympic gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events at London 2012 - defending those titles in Rio previous year.

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

"I'm disappointed with silver but at the same time a better man won on the day and there's nothing I could have done".

Afterward Edris did the Mobot, Farah's signature postrace move, to celebrate his win and out of respect for Farah.

He said there was "no secret" to his ability, adding: "Just work hard, believe in yourself and keep grafting - that's the key".

"So many times, you guys have been unfair to me", said Farah.

"I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah", Edris said.

The pace lagged until five laps to go as Australia's Patrick Tiernan, a past NCAA Division One Cross-Country champion, broke from the field and pushed the pace.

"After the 10km he was maybe exhausted so he did not have enough for the last kick - I was stronger".

"Mo has many victories but now I have one", said the 23-year-old.

"I am the new champion for Ethiopia".

"I am the next champion".

"It's been a long journey but it's been incredible".

He will then take a break from running before returning to training at his base in Portland, Oregon.

"I got boxed in early on (in the final charge) - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".

"I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon".

Hard work and determination have been at the heart of everything the four-time Olympic gold medal victor has achieved.

Farah still doubled Great Britain's medal tally, remaining the only GB athlete to have won any honour at the home championships.

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