Farah will call time on the track after these World Championships but Hawkins isn't about to play a supporting role to the six-time world and four-time Olympic champion as he resets his...
"It's been a long journey but it's been incredible".
Kejelcha and Edris then kicked on to leave the fast-finishing Farah with too much work to do, the home favourite's battling efforts in the home straight only enough for silver. This was the first time he had failed to win gold at an global championships since 2011.
"I gave it everything", said Farah who initially curled up on the track in defeat and then was pulled up by Edris.
In the day's only preliminaries, the United States dominated the women's and men's 4x400m heats into the finals which conclude the championships as part of 11 medal events Sunday.
In a thrilling finale, Farah looked to be completely outgunned by three rivals only to fight back and snatch second place behind Edris, who clocked 13 minutes 32.79 seconds after a searing final lap.
"I am the new champion for Ethiopia".
Farah was looking to add the 5000m title to the 10,000m crown he claimed in London last weekend and complete a distance double for the fifth successive major championship. I was trying to cover every move but they had a game plan - one of them was going to sacrifice himself and that's what they did and the better man won.
Farah came back to win the 5,000m later in the week, before successfully doubling in the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, and again two years ago in Beijing.
"I got boxed in early on (in the final charge) - it doesn't normally happen - and couldn't get out".
"I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon". He went from strength to strength, setting British records and beating them, and winning gold at the European Athletics Championships.
He said: "I thought it might be possible (to win), but my legs had it".
This marked the latest step in a compelling rivalry which saw the Harper-Nelson beat Pearson to Olympic gold at Beijing 2008 before being pipped into second here by at London 2012.
Sir Mo Farah has attacked the media for repeatedly raising drug allegations about his controversial coach Alberto Salazar during his fairytale career.