The last 200m of the men’s 5000m at a Diamond League meet in Lausanne on Thursday looked like something out of the World Cup.
Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha was leading when it appeared he was tripped by countryman Selemon Barega. Kejelcha lost his balance and gave up the lead to Barega.
Flailing, Kejelcha grabbed the smaller Barega’s shorts either to pull Barega down, keep himself from falling or both. Kejelcha could not hang on and swung out from the inside lane and fell to the track.
Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew took advantage, going from third to first to win. Barega held on for second, while Kejelcha was disqualified.
Kejelcha and Barega were two of the race headliners. They went one-two in the world indoor championships 3000m on March 4.
Barega was seen after the race tugging Kejelcha’s arm on the track and speaking at him.
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