Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

Mo Farah of Great Britain (C) and Cyrus Rutto of Kenya (L) compete in the men's 5,000-meter final at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London.

Although his silver medal performance was pushed out of the limelight by the drama of the men's 4x100m relay, which saw fellow legend Usain Bolt collapse with cramp on his own swansong as Britain pulled off a remarkable victory, as well as the thrilling opening of the Premier League season, Farah still commanded many column inches.

The four-time Olympic champion hit out having been asked about Salazar after winning 5,000 metres silver at the World Championships in London on Saturday.

In a tactical race, Farah could not respond to a challenge for the first time in six years, turning his farewell race on the track at a major championship into a disappointment. Edris' fellow Ethiopians 2016 world indoor champion Yomif Kejelcha, 21, and this year's U-18 3,000m victor Selemon Barega were placed fourth and fifth respectively, indicating that the east Africans will continue to be a force to reckon at the global level.

"It's like a broken record repeating myself", said Farah when the subject was brought up on Sunday.

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

I had to decide what it took to become a champion and that was to move to the other side of the world.

The readiness to do whatever it took, no matter how emotionally and physical enduring, was another reflection of his passion for the sport and ultimately helped propel him to the next level.

Despite missing out on yet another gold, an eighth World Championships medal cements Farah's legacy as one of the greatest endurance runners to have ever graced the track.

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He didn't putt all that well (70th in strokes gained putting), and the course played differently than it had in the past. Asked if he saw a "low one" out there, he said: "Yeah, but I guess a low round used to be a 61 or a 62".

"I am the new champion for Ethiopia".

"It took a lot more out of me than I realized", he said.

This was another massive shock to the system, leaving behind what he knew after so many years with long-term coach Alan Storey, but it was yet more evidence of Farah's desire and tremendous commitment.

His final push for the finish earned him a bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships.

The last one was the hardest for Mo Farah.

3 - He has won three successive Great North Runs.

"I have won the gold in front of his home crowd".

The Somali-origin Farah has won Olympic gold in the men's 5,000m twice and has won the men's 10,000m title at this event.

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