Kenyan Charles Kamathi scored one of the biggest upsets in world championship history, outdoing Gebrselassie's famed finishing kick in the last 150 meters of the 10,000 to leave the Ethiopian standing for the first time in his career and keeping him at four world titles overall.
"I didn't expect the Kenyan to come past so fast," said Gebrselassie, running his first race since winning Olympic gold a year ago, then undergoing ankle surgery. "The last 100, I don't know what was happening. I couldn't do anything."
A first major victory, in a slow time of 27 minutes, 53.25 seconds, came as a surprise to Kamathi.
"I knew that Haile has not been competing all year, but I did not expect to beat him," he said.
Gebrselassie couldn't even hold off teammate Assefa Mezgebu and settled for bronze.
"I am not disappointed," he said, adding that despite a recent fever he was in "really good shape" for the race. "I tried, but I couldn't do it."Reuse content