The 2014 IAAF Diamond race winner Kenya’s Caleb Ndiku Mwangangi played second fiddle to Britain’s Mo Farah to settle for silver in the men’s 5000m at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China.
The Briton notched up the distance double over 5000m and 10,000m for his fourth successive major championship, winning over the shorter distance at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 in 13:50:58.
Farah who seemed to be succumbing to the Kenyan’s surge hauled himself past Mwangangi with 80 metres to go and managed to hold him off through to the line before collapsing to the track after winning his 10th major championship gold medal since 2011.
Mwangangi got his first major championship medal as a senior, crossing the line in 13:51.75.
“I feel i could have done better. No one wanted to pace up the laps so i decided to do it at 800m. I should have kicked in at 600m, this would have killed him off like it did the Ethiopians,” said Mwangangi.
Ethiopia’s 2013 silver medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet was passed by Africa Junior champion, Ethiopian teenage prodigy Yomif Kejelcha on the bend but then re-passed his compatriot with 50 metres to go to take the bronze in 13:51.86.
The decisive moment of the race came with just over two laps to go as Mwangangi darted to the front and started a long run for home. Farah covered the move but looked as though he didn’t have enough in reserve to beat the Kenyan.
Mwangangi tried to overpower Farah’s acceleration prowess with a long surge and attack, in the end, when Farah moved past the Kenyan on the last bend, to neutralise Mwangangi’s fire once-and-for-all.
“I need to be a hundred percent fit to challenge Mo Farah. Im still not sharp, I started training late and as you can see my muscles are strapped. Let me work on my fitness and attack the indoor season. By the time we are in Rio in 2016, we will be both fully fit, then we see who is the best,” Mwangangi concluded.