2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10,000 metres
at the 2015 World Championships
10000 m men final Beijing 2015.jpg
Victorious Mo Farah
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates22 August
Competitors27 from 14 nations
Winning time27:01.13
gold medal    Great Britain
silver medal    Kenya
bronze medal    Kenya
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The men's 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 22 August.[1][2]

Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and on the women's side Tirunesh Dibaba had all done it before, Mo Farah had the opportunity to be the first non-Ethiopian runner to defend a world 10,000 metres championship. The Kenyan triumvirate of Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, Paul Kipngetich Tanui and Bedan Karoki Muchiri took the race out, multiple 64 second laps breaking the race apart to the point that there were only two remaining stragglers, Farah and his American training partner Galen Rupp. Farah, Rupp and Tanui were all returning from top 5 finishes two years earlier. As the pace dropped, Farah briefly showed his intent to win with 3200, 1500 and 1200 to go, but each time Farah poked into the lead the Kenyan team quickly scrambled to retake the lead. Then with 500 metres to go to the finish, Farah boldly launched his long assault for the finish.[3] In championship races, long sprints to the finish usually lead to defeat as the more sprint inclined racers are able to run down the breakaway near the finish, but Farah held the lead as the three, then two Kenyan rivals jockeyed for position to catch him. In the final turn as he was maneuvering through traffic, Kipsang got close enough to clip Farah's heels, with Farah stumbling and almost falling.[4] Farah stayed on his feet with Kipsang close behind, then Tanui managed to pull even with Kipsang through the final turn. Coming into the final straight, World Cross Country champion Kipsang looked like he would be able to swing around Farah to victory, but a determined Farah instead accelerated pulling away to a clear win, celebrating as he crossed the finish line. Farah's final lap time was 54.15. For the second time in a row, Tanui found himself in bronze medal position.[5]


Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[6]

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005
Championship record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:46.31 Berlin, Germany 17 August 2009
World Leading  Mo Farah (GBR) 26:50.97 Eugene, OR, United States 29 May 2015
African Record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005
Asian Record  Ahmad Hassan Abdullah (QAT) 26:38.76 Brussels, Belgium 5 September 2003
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Galen Rupp (USA) 26:44.36 Eugene, OR, United States 30 May 2014
South American Record  Marilson dos Santos (BRA) 27:28.12 Neerpelt, Belgium 2 June 2007
European Record  Mo Farah (GBR) 26:46.57 Eugene, OR, United States 3 June 2011
Oceanian record  Ben St Lawrence (AUS) 27:24.95 Palo Alto, CA, United States 1 May 2011

Qualification standards

Entry standards[7]


Date Time Round
22 August 2015 20:50 Final

All times are local times (UTC+8)


The race was started at 20:50.[8]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Mo Farah  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 27:01.13
2nd, silver medalist(s) Geoffrey Kipsang  Kenya (KEN) 27:01.76
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Paul Tanui  Kenya (KEN) 27:02.83
4 Bedan Karoki  Kenya (KEN) 27:04.77 SB
5 Galen Rupp  United States (USA) 27:08.91 SB
6 Abrar Osman  Eritrea (ERI) 27:43.21
7 Ali Kaya  Turkey (TUR) 27:43.69
8 Timothy Toroitich  Uganda (UGA) 27:44.90
9 Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei  Uganda (UGA) 27:48.89
10 Muktar Edris  Ethiopia (ETH) 27:54.47
11 Mosinet Geremew  Ethiopia (ETH) 28:07.50
12 El Hassan El-Abbassi  Bahrain (BHR) 28:12.57
13 Nguse Tesfaldet  Eritrea (ERI) 28:14.72
14 Cameron Levins  Canada (CAN) 28:15.19
15 Hassan Mead  United States (USA) 28:16.30
16 Shadrack Kipchirchir  United States (USA) 28:16.30 SB
17 Arne Gabius  Germany (GER) 28:24.47
18 Tetsuya Yoroizaka  Japan (JPN) 28:25.77
19 Teklemariam Medhin  Eritrea (ERI) 28:39.26 SB
20 Stephen Mokoka  South Africa (RSA) 28:47.40
21 Aweke Ayalew  Bahrain (BHR) 29:14.55 PB
22 Kenta Murayama  Japan (JPN) 29:50.22
23 Yuta Shitara  Japan (JPN) 30:08.35
Bashir Abdi  Belgium (BEL) DNF
Ismail Juma  Tanzania (TAN) DNF
Imane Merga  Ethiopia (ETH) DNF
Moses Kibet  Uganda (UGA) DNF


  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Start list
  3. ^ "World Athletics Championships: Beijing 2015 – as it happened". Guardian. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ "REPORT: MEN'S 10,000M – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Mo Farah wins 10,000m World Championships gold". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Records & Lists – 5000 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  7. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2014, retrieved 18 August 2015
  8. ^ Final results