Muktar retains 5,000m world title in thrilling finale


 It was Muktar Edris that captured gold in Doha first with a thrilling battle over the last 200 meters to retain his title in the 5,000 meters.

He roared on by a noisy contingent of flag-waving fans, outsprinted compatriot Selemon Barega to win in a season’s best 12 minutes 58.85 seconds as the Ethiopians were rewarded for a team performance with gold and silver.

Four years ago it was Muktar who dethroned Mo Farah. He managed to keep that feat again in Doha.

Barega went ahead but Muktar came bursting through to make a mockery of those who had questioned his form, while Telahun Haile Bekele, previously the fastest this year, was fourth.

The Ethiopian Herald October 8/2019