2013 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the 2013 World Championships
Venue Luzhniki Stadium
Dates 13 August (heats)
16 August (final)
Competitors 29 from 18 nations
Winning time 13:26.98
gold medal 
silver medal 
bronze medal 
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The men's 5000 metres at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Luzhniki Stadium on 13 and 16 August.[1]

Fifteen qualified for the final. Of the ten automatic qualifiers, three each were from Kenya, Ethiopia and the United States. But all eyes were on the one from England, the defending champion, Olympic champion and 10000 winner from these championships all rolled up into one Mo Farah.

The first lap of the final started off at a jog for these world class competitors. On the second lap, the Kenyans as a group pushed the pace, but it didn't last long and the pack reformed. At such a leisurely pace, nobody was at risk of getting dropped. Instead confusion. Hagos Gebrhiwet literally a step behind Farah near the back of the pack, watching his every step. At 2000 meters, Farah decided to take a chance at the lead, but it was not to advance the pace but to slow it down. With Farah at the front the pace slowed to 68 seconds, then almost 70 seconds and the rest of the field obediently crowded up behind him, not willing to go out alone against the king. With 5 laps to go, Isiah Koech decided to make the break and took off. The race accelerated to 62-second laps with all the players covering each other's move and jockeying for position. For a lap Yenew Alamirew held the lead, accelerating as anyone looked to try to pass. With 650 to go, Farah made his move, successfully passing Alamirew he only gained a step on the field but that was enough, now he wouldn't let anybody pass him, the field stinging out behind him, the suitors dwindling. Through the final lap in 53 seconds, Koech made repeated attempts to get past Farah but each time Farah was able to go that much faster. Two steps behind at the beginning of the straight, Gebrhiwet weaved his way around the other two Kenyans and came flying down the outside as Koech let up in defeat, Gebrhiwet taking silver by one thousandth of a second after 5000 meters.


Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[2]

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:37.35 Hengelo, Netherlands 31 May 2004
Championship record  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 12:52.79 Saint-Denis, France 31 August 2003
World Leading  Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (KEN) 12:51.34 Monaco 19 July 2013
African Record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:37.35 Hengelo, Netherlands 31 May 2004
Asian Record  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 12:51.98 Rome, Italy 14 July 2006
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Bernard Lagat (USA) 12:53.60 Monaco 22 July 2011
South American Record  Marilson dos Santos (BRA) 13:19.43 Kassel, Germany 8 June 2006
European Record  Mohammed Mourhit (BEL) 12:49.71 Brussels, Belgium 25 August 2000
Oceanian record  Craig Mottram (AUS) 12:55.76 London, Great Britain 30 July 2004

Qualification standards[edit]

A time[3] B time
13:15.00 13:20.00


Date Time Round
13 August 2013 10:20 Heats
16 August 2013 20:45 Final

All times are local times (UTC+4)


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


Qualification: First 5 in each heat (Q) and the next 5 fastest (q) advanced to the final.[4]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Muktar Edris  Ethiopia (ETH) 13:20.82 Q
2 2 Edwin Soi  Kenya (KEN) 13:21.44 Q
3 2 Isaiah Koech  Kenya (KEN) 13:22.19 Q
4 1 Hagos Gebrhiwet  Ethiopia (ETH) 13:23.22 Q
5 1 Yenew Alamirew  Ethiopia (ETH) 13:23.48 Q
6 1 Bernard Lagat  United States (USA) 13:23.59 Q
7 2 Galen Rupp  United States (USA) 13:23.91 Q
8 2 Mo Farah  Great Britain (GBR) 13:23.93 Q
9 1 Thomas Longosiwa  Kenya (KEN) 13:23.94 Q
10 1 Ryan Hill  United States (USA) 13:24.19 Q
11 1 Elroy Gelant  South Africa (RSA) 13:25.07 q
12 2 Dejenee Regassa  Bahrain (BHR) 13:25.21 q
13 1 Brett Robinson  Australia (AUS) 13:25.38 q
14 1 Sindre Buraas  Norway (NOR) 13:26.69 q
15 1 Zane Robertson  New Zealand (NZL) 13:27.89 q
16 2 Othmane El Goumri  Morocco (MAR) 13:31.08
17 1 John Kipkoech  Kenya (KEN) 13:31.21
18 2 Ben St Lawrence  Australia (AUS) 13:33.64
19 1 Phillip Kipyeko  Uganda (UGA) 13:33.68
20 1 Arne Gabius  Germany (GER) 13:34.26
21 2 Alemayehu Bezabeh  Spain (ESP) 13:34.68
22 2 Byron Piedra  Ecuador (ECU) 13:35.38
23 2 Yuki Sato  Japan (JPN) 13:37.07
24 1 Aziz Lahbabi  Morocco (MAR) 13:37.75
25 2 Diego Estrada  Mexico (MEX) 13:48.38
26 1 Sergio Sánchez  Spain (ESP) 13:52.05
27 2 Rinas Akhmadeev  Russia (RUS) 13:58.38
28 2 Jake Robertson  New Zealand (NZL) 14:09.50
29 1 Grevazio Mpani  Malawi (MAW) 14:15.65
1 Abdoulaye Abdelkarim  Chad (CHA) DNS
2 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro  Uganda (UGA) DNS


The final was started at 20:45.[5]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Mo Farah  Great Britain (GBR) 13:26.98
2nd, silver medalist(s) Hagos Gebrhiwet  Ethiopia (ETH) 13:27.26
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Isiah Koech  Kenya (KEN) 13:27.26
4 Thomas Longosiwa  Kenya (KEN) 13:27.67
5 Edwin Soi  Kenya (KEN) 13:29.01
6 Bernard Lagat  United States (USA) 13:29.24
7 Muktar Edris  Ethiopia (ETH) 13:29.56
8 Galen Rupp  United States (USA) 13:29.87
9 Yenew Alamirew  Ethiopia (ETH) 13:31.27
10 Ryan Hill  United States (USA) 13:32.69
11 Dejenee Regassa  Bahrain (BHR) 13:34.54
12 Elroy Gelant  South Africa (RSA) 13:43.68
13 Sindre Buraas  Norway (NOR) 13:45.67
14 Zane Robertson  New Zealand (NZL) 13:46.55
15 Brett Robinson  Australia (AUS) 14:03.77


  1. ^ Start list
  2. ^ "Records & Lists – 5000 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 – Standards, All Russia Athletic Federation, 2012, retrieved 8 August 2013 
  4. ^ Heats Results
  5. ^ Final Results

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