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Brit Farah cruises to 5000m world title

Britain's Mo Farah won a thrilling battle down the home stretch to take world gold in the men's 5000m yesterday, putting behind him the disappointment of just missing out on the 10,000m title.

Farah was in front entering the home straight but was sucked into a four-way sprint for the line with America's Bernard Lagat and Ethiopian pair Imane Merga and Dejen Gebremeskel.

Lagat, the 2007 champion, came round the outside of the two Ethiopians to finish second behind Farah, who crossed the line in 13min 23.36sec, just 0.28sec ahead of his American rival. Farah, became the first British athlete to win a global long-distance event.

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