A second stumble of the week could not derail Mo Farah's bid for double glory at the World Champion ships.
A relieved Mo Farah refused to lay the blame at any of his opponents' feet after a stumble almost cost him a spot in the World Championships 5000m final.
Farah, who also stumbled on the last lap of his triumphant 10,000m final on Saturday, tripped in the closing stages of his heat over the shorter distance on Wednesday at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing.
Nevertheless, Farah kept his feet to finish second in a time of 13 minutes, 19.44 seconds behind Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha (13:19.38) and keep his hopes of a second Worlds double alive.
The two-time Olympic champion said: "I nearly went down - again. I hope it doesn't become third time bad luck.
"Somebody caught my leg. I've got a long stride, it's the way I run.
"I don't blame anyone, but even in training sometimes my training partners catch my leg which is why I sometimes have to be on the front or the back, or stay on the outside.
"I felt alright, I felt good. I have to recover now and get ready."
Farah was doubly thankful to make it through, admitting that his exertions in the 10,000m had taken their toll on his fitness.
"My right foot's been a little bit sore but apart from that it's all been good," he explained. "It's nothing to worry about."