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Kenyans fail to match as Edris retains 5,000m world title

Ethiopia’s Edris Muktar retained his 5,000 metres title at the world championships with 19-year-old compatriot Selemon Barega taking silver © AFP / KARIM JAAFAR

Doha, Qatar, Sep 30 – Kenya’s hopes of breaking a 14-year wait for the 5,000m world title will continue after the youthful duo of Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop failed to match up to the challenge in Doha on Monday night.

Ethiopian Muktar Edris retained his title, the 25-year-old — who two years ago denied British legend Mo Farah gold in his last track final — coming home in a time of 12 minutes 58.85 seconds.

His compatriot Selemon Barega, 19, took silver in 12:59.70 and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed the bronze in a time of 13:01.11.

Krop finished sixth in a Personal best time of 13:03.38with Kimeli finishing eigth in a time of 13:05.27.

There was no joy for the three Norwegian Ingebrigtsen brothers.

European champion Jakob fared the best, after Henrik was dropped early on and Filip having been prominent faded with over two laps to go.

Jakob, the youngest of the three, set sail for home 350 metres out and opened up a sizeable gap on the pursuing Ethiopians.

However, the 19-year-old had no answer as Edris and Barega came after him round the curve of the final bend.

Jakob, who will also contest the other event he is European champion in the 1500m along with his brother Filip, was a spent force and Ahmed caught him.

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Ingebrigtsen collapsed on crossing the line lying head down on the track.

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