Tiernan turns up the heat as Farah upstaged
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.