Tier­nan turns up the heat as Farah up­staged

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

IT WAS the move which shocked the Lon­don Olympic Sta­dium.

While all eyes were on Mo Farah in his last cham­pi­onship race in the 5000m fi­nal, a cheeky Aus­tralian changed the script. Pa­trick Tier­nan went to the front of the field with five laps re­main­ing and quickly built up a lead of as much as 15 me­tres.

Farah against the Ethiopi­ans was sup­posed to be the story but sud­denly there was a new char­ac­ter in­volved. For 3 ½ laps Tier­nan stayed in front.

Even­tu­ally with 650m to go, the 22- year- old was col­lared but he’d al­ready played his role in what was one of the big­gest shocks of the cham­pi­onships.

Ethiopian Muk­tar Edris spoiled Farah’s farewell, cost­ing him his fifth con­sec­u­tive dis­tance dou­ble given he won the 10,000m ear­lier in the week. Tier­nan faded to fin­ish 11th but said he had no re­grets over his brave tac­tics.

Vic­tor Muk­tar Edris of Ethiopia.

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