2011 World Champs/Daegu, Day 2: Men's 10,000m video, courtesy of IAAF, notes by Larry Eder


The 10,000 meters men's race lived up to all of its expectations: Great tactics, long kick by Tadesse, run to the finish by Mo Farah. What it did not tell us was that Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan, who has run 13:09 for the 5,000 meters, and won a race in Japan this year in 27:09, would catch a tiring Mo Farah with literally meters to go. Kenenisa Bekele, the defending champion for 2003,2005, 2007 and 2009, retired from the race just past 6,000 meters. Tadesse pushed the pace, with Rupp, Merga, Jeilan and Farah waiting to move. Perhaps Mo Farah moved too early, but his game move got him the silver medal, a first in the World Champs for Great Britain. For Ibrahim Jeilan, he keeps a tradition of Ethiopia's hold on the 10,000 meters at the World Championships and Olympics.

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