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DAEGU, South Korea, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia sprinted past Mo Farah to win the men’s 10,000 metres world title on Sunday after four-times defending champion Kenenisa Bekele had limped off the track.
Briton Farah took the silver while Ethiopian Imane Merga took bronze.
“My legs refused to move. The pain in my leg and hip was too much, but I’m happy the title remained in Ethiopia,” said Bekele, double champion two years ago in Berlin, graceful in defeat.
Kenya’s trio of Paul Tanui, Martin Irungu Mathathi and Peter Kirui all fell by the wayside as Ethiopia also took the bronze through Deriba Merga in Day Two action highlighted by world prints record holder Usain Bolt’s 100m finals false start debacle.
Jeilan, the 2006 World Youth 10,000m champion and World Cross Country Championships junior race winner in Edinburg, produced a late kick from 150 metres to go, to win in 27 minutes 13.81 seconds.