Uganda’s Commonwealth Games 10,000 champion Moses Kipsiro finished 14th in the men’s 5,000 at at the Lausanne Diamond League (DL) in Switzerland on Thursday.

Competitor and three-time defending global champion Mo Farah reaffirmed his status as the world’s greatest clocking 13 minutes 11.77 seconds, ahead of Kejelcha (13:12.59) and Kenyan Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (13:17.17).

Kipsiro, who failed to qualify for the Beijing World Championships,  led the chase pack in the first 1000 meters, followed by Kenya’s World XC runner-up Bedan Karoki but the Ugandan did not live up the billing as he fell out of the top runners pack soon enough.

Kipsiro required to run below 13:23.00 to qualify for Beijing but progressively dropped with in 2000 meters to 2nd as the main pack came through in 5:21, with Karoki leading. Karoki upped his pace towards the 3000 meter mark, and the field broke up.

Britain’s Mo Farah took the lead with three laps to go, and Kejelcha, Yenew Alamirew, Imane Merga, Ndiku, Edwin Soi and Yasin Haji followed in the lead pack.

With 40 meters remaining to reach the tape,  Farah was looking at the crowd, and with 30 to go, he extended his arms in celebration. Farah started to beat his chest and as he neared the line, he punched the air, penting-up emotions.

Kipsiro who spent most his time taking the lead role in the crusade to have athletics coach, Peter Wemali, arrested for allegedly sexually abusing young runners the previous in Uganda, completed 14th in 13:44:47.

Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo also failed to run below 2:01.00 in the women’s 800 meters to make it to Beijing despite having crossed the finish line in 7th position in 2:04:14. Switzerland’s Buchel Selina won in 2:01:68.
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