2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 10,000 metres

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The Men's 10,000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on August 28. There were twenty entrants, with nineteen athletes from twelve countries starting the race.

Mo Farah had been undefeated over the distance that year and his European record of 26:46.57 minutes topped the season's rankings. Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese and Ethiopians Imane Merga and Sileshi Sihine were other entrants ranked in the top six. Kenenisa Bekele, the unbeaten world champion since 2003, decided to defend his title, but his form was unknown as injuries had meant that he had not raced since early 2010. Kenya, typically strong in the event, sent a team of 2007 bronze medallist Martin Mathathi, Peter Cheruiyot Kirui, and World Cross Country runner-up Paul Kipngetich Tanui.[1][2]

Zersenay Tadese set a fast pace for much of the race, a decision which soon reduced the leading pack to the Ethiopian and Kenyan teams, with the additions of the Eritrean, Mo Farah, and Galen Rupp. Kenenisa Bekele dropped out at the halfway point, unable to match the leading pace. The final 500 metres saw Farah take the lead with an injection of speed, with Imane Merga and Ibrahim Jeilan the only runners to follow him. Farah appeared to have judged the race well, having led at the bell for the final 400 m and completing his last lap in 53.36 seconds. However, Ibrahim Jeilan was even faster and overtook Farah in the final metres of the straight, taking the gold by a margin of less than 0.3 seconds. Imane Merga claimed the bronze five seconds later and Zersenay Tadese and Martin Mathathi came fourth and fifth.[3][4][5]

Ibrahim Jeilan, the 2006 World Junior Champion, was an unexpected winner and Farah later remarked that he had never heard of him. Having felt overlooked for the Ethiopian team for the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Championships, Ibrahim had moved to Japan to prepare himself away from the major circuit.[6] It was the fifth consecutive time that an Ethiopian athlete had won the world title.[4] Although Farah was the runner-up, he ran the second fastest time ever by a British athlete and became the country's first ever men's medallist in the event.[7] Imane Merga's bronze was his first ever world medal on the track.


Gold Silver Bronze
Ibrahim Jeilan
Mo Farah
 Great Britain
Imane Merga


Prior to the competition, the following world and championship records were as follows.

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Bruxelles, Belgium 26 August 2005
Championship record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:46.31 Berlin, Germany 17 August 2009
World leading  Mo Farah (GBR) 26:46.57 Eugene, United States 3 June 2011
African record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Bruxelles, Belgium 26 August 2005
Asian record  Ahmad Hassan Abdullah (QAT) 26:38.76 Bruxelles, Belgium 5 September 2003
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Chris Solinsky (USA) 26:59.60 Palo Alto, United States 1 May 2010
South American record  Marílson Gomes dos Santos (BRA) 27:28.12 Neerpelt, Belgium 2 June 2007
European record  Mo Farah (GBR) 26:46.57 Eugene, United States 3 June 2011
Oceanian record  Ben St.Lawrence (AUS) 27:24.95 Palo Alto, United States 1 May 2010

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
27:40.00 28:00.00


Date Time Round
August 28, 2011 19:30 Final


KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best


Ibrahim Jeilan en route to his 2011 world title
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Ibrahim Jeilan  Ethiopia 27:13.81
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mo Farah  Great Britain 27:14.07
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Imane Merga  Ethiopia 27:19.14
4 Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 27:22.57
5 Martin Mathathi  Kenya 27:23.87
6 Peter Cheruiyot Kirui  Kenya 27:25.63 PB
7 Galen Rupp  United States 27:26.84 SB
8 Sileshi Sihine  Ethiopia 27:34.11
9 Paul Kipngetich Tanui  Kenya 27:54.03
10 Matt Tegenkamp  United States 28:41.62
11 Rui Silva  Portugal 28:48.62
12 Daniele Meucci  Italy 28:50.28
13 Stephen Mokoka  South Africa 28:51.97
14 Scott Bauhs  United States 29:03.92
15 Yuki Sato  Japan 29:04.15
16 Juan Carlos Romero  Mexico 29:38.38
Ali Hasan Mahboob  Bahrain DNF
Bayron Piedra  Ecuador DNF
Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia DNF
Teklemariam Medhin  Eritrea DNS


  1. ^ Johnson, Len (2011-08-22). Men's 10,000m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  2. ^ 10000 metres 2011. IAAF (2011-08-29). Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  3. ^ 10,000 Metres - M Final. IAAF (2011-08-28). Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Len (2011-08-28). Men's 10,000m - Final - In dramatic finish, Jeilan keeps title in Ethiopian hands. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  5. ^ World Athletics 2011: Mo Farah misses out on 10,000m gold. BBC Sport (2011-08-28). Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  6. ^ Monti, David (2011-08-29). Jeilan - an unusual path to World Championships gold. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  7. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2011-08-28). Farah beaten, Bolt disqualified on night of surprises in Daegu. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2011-08-29.

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