Mo Farah accuses press of trying to 'destroy' his achievements

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2012 world youth champion Edris, 23, produced a strong charge on the final stretch to lift his first ever major senior world title in 13:32.79, leaving two-time Olympic 5,000 titlist and newly crowned 10,000m victor Farah, 34, to the second place in 13:33.22.

The gold medal went to Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, who broke the hold of Mo Farah on long-distance running, outkicking the Briton over the final 200 metres.

Boxed in at one point, he had to dig deep in the final meters just to earn a medal, running 13 minutes, 33.22 seconds in a slow race that was nearly a minute off the world record.

The Kenyan-born athlete finished second by Farah in the 5,000m at the Olympics in Rio previous year by 0.6 of a second. Andrew Butchart, the other Briton appearing in the final, finished eighth with a time of 13:38.73.

American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. After that, the pace slowed drastically, which has historically played into Farah's strengths as he is one of the best in the world over the final 600m-800m of a distance race. The pack, Farah included, let Tiernan lead by about 10m for a few laps in the closing stages.

"I'm going to still keep fighting, keep working, making my country proud", said Farah, who will now concentrate on running marathons.

Even if there is no fairy tale ending, similar to what happened with a certain Jamaican sprinter, Farah will go down as one of the true greats in the sport.

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

"Mo has many victories but now I have one".

"I've achieved what I have achieved - you're trying to destroy it".

"I am the new champion for Ethiopia".

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

"Tactically, I was trying to cover every move and they [Edris and Ethiopian team-mate Yomif Kejelcha] had a gameplan".

"I am the next champion". I didn't have a single thing left to give at the end.

"You can write what you like but I'm a clean athlete... and I sleep well at night, loving my kids, hugging my kids, showing (them) what's right".

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