Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres
|Men's 5000 metres|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Farah (right) leading in the closing moments of the race, leading Gebremeskel, Gebrhiwet, Alamirew, and Koech.
|Competitors||43 from 26 nations|
The final race started out slowly, the first lap in 74.1 and only that fast because Hayle Ibrahimov accelerated the last 100. The field continued running splits in the 70s, Lopez Lomong leading through 2000 in a pedestrian 5:56.7. In the seventh lap Yenew Alamirew moved to the front and accelerated the pace, the next several laps down below 62, Mo Farah the only one to break up the Ethiopian team at the front. With 700 to go, Farah took the lead, his training partner Galen Rupp joining him with 500 to go, as the rest of the field jostling to be in position to sprint. First Hagos Gebrhiwet challenged, then disappeared. Down the backstretch, Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa challenged, with Abdalaati Iguider immediately behind. Dejen Gebremeskel, Bernard Lagat and Isiah Kiplangat Koech packing up around the final turn. At the head of the stretch, Koech contacted Lagat as he was just coming clear to sprint, Lagat stumbling. Meanwhile, Farah was accelerating ahead of Longosiwa, who couldn't handle the speed. Gebremeskel went around the outside with Lagat's delayed sprint unable to catch Longosiwa. The winning time was more than 15 seconds slower than the slowest time in qualifying.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||12:37.35||Hengelo, Netherlands||31 May 2004|
|Olympic record||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||12:57.82||Beijing, China||23 August 2008|
|2012 World leading||Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH)||12:46.81||Paris (Saint-Denis), France||6 July 2012|
|Wednesday, 8 August 2012||10:45||Round 1|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012||19:30||Finals|
Qual. rule: first 5 of each heat (Q) plus the 5 fastest times (q) qualified.
|2||Isiah Kiplangat Koech||Kenya||13:25.64||Q|
|3||Mo Farah||Great Britain||13:26.00||Q|
|4||Lopez Lomong||United States||13:26.16||Q|
|6||Edwin Cheruiyot Soi||Kenya||13:27.06|
|9||Moukheld Al-Outaibi||Saudi Arabia||13:31.47|
|19||Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah||Saudi Arabia||14:00.43|
- Hassan Hirt originally finished 11th in a time of 13:35.36, but was later disqualified after testing positive for EPO.
|3||Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa||Kenya||13:15.41||Q|
|4||Bernard Lagat||United States||13:15.45||Q|
|6||Galen Rupp||United States||13:17.56||q|
|7||Moses Ndiema Kipsiro||Uganda||13:17.68||q|
|8||Cameron Levins||Canada||13:18.29||q, PB|
|9||Juan Luis Barrios||Mexico||13:21.01||q|
|10||Mumin Gala||Djibouti||13:21.21||q, SB|
|11||Abrar Osman Adem||Eritrea||13:24.40|
|12||Nick McCormick||Great Britain||13:25.70|
|13||Polat Kemboi Arikan||Turkey||13:27.21|
|17||Alistair Ian Cragg||Ireland||13:47.01|
|20||Abdullah Abdulaziz Aljoud||Saudi Arabia||14:11.12|
|21||Ruben Sança||Cape Verde||14:35.19|
|Mo Farah||Great Britain||13:41.66|
|Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa||Kenya||13:42.36|
|4||Bernard Lagat||United States||13:42.99|
|5||Isiah Kiplangat Koech||Kenya||13:43.83|
|7||Galen Rupp||United States||13:45.04|
|8||Juan Luis Barrios||Mexico||13:45.30|
|10||Lopez Lomong||United States||13:48.19|
|15||Moses Ndiema Kipsiro||Uganda||13:52.25|
Notes: Q- Qualified by place
q - Qualified by performance (time)
PB - Personal Best
NR - National Record
SB - Seasonal Best
DQ - DisQualified
DNS - Did Not Start
DNF - Did Not Finish
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Men's 5000m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "5000m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "French Olympic runner fails doping test". France 24. France Médias Monde. AFP. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2014.