Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Mo Farah (5000m Olympic Final).jpg
Farah (right) leading in the closing moments of the race, leading Gebremeskel, Gebrhiwet, Alamirew, and Koech.
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 8–11 August
Competitors 43 from 26 nations
Winning time 13:41.66
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Ethiopia
Bronze medal    Kenya
2008 2016
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2012 Summer Olympics
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The Men's 5000 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 8–11 August.[1]

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.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 5000m competition consisted of heats (Round 1) and a Final.[2] A total of fifteen competitors qualified for the Final from the heats.[3]


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


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 10:45 Round 1
Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:30 Finals


Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 5 of each heat (Q) plus the 5 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Hayle Ibrahimov Azerbaijan 13:25.23 Q
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
5 Hagos Gebrhiwet Ethiopia 13:26.16 Q
6 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi Kenya 13:27.06
7 Arne Gabius Germany 13:28.01
8 Daniele Meucci Italy 13:28.71
9 Moukheld Al-Outaibi Saudi Arabia 13:31.47
10 Bilisuma Shugi Bahrain 13:31.84
11 Yuki Sato Japan 13:38.22
12 David McNeill Australia 13:45.88
13 Olivier Irabaruta Burundi 13:46.25
14 Aziz Lahbabi Morocco 13:47.57
15 Amanuel Mesel Eritrea 13:48.13 SB
16 Collis Birmingham Australia 13:50.39
17 Serhiy Lebid Ukraine 13:53.15
18 Geofrey Kusuro Uganda 13:59.74 SB
19 Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah Saudi Arabia 14:00.43
20 Rene Herrera Philippines 14:44.11 PB
Hassan Hirt France DQ
Teklemariam Medhin Eritrea DNS

Hassan Hirt originally finished 11th in a time of 13:35.36, but was later disqualified after testing positive for EPO.[4]

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Dejen Gebremeskel Ethiopia 13:15.15 Q
2 Yenew Alamirew Ethiopia 13:15.39 Q
3 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa Kenya 13:15.41 Q
4 Bernard Lagat United States 13:15.45 Q
5 Abdalaati Iguider Morocco 13:15.49 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
14 Rabah Aboud Algeria 13:28.38
15 Abraham Kiplimo Uganda 13:31.57
16 Craig Mottram Australia 13:40.24
17 Alistair Ian Cragg Ireland 13:47.01
18 Soufiyan Bouqantar Morocco 13:47.63
19 Javier Carriqueo Argentina 13:57.07 SB
20 Abdullah Abdulaziz Aljoud Saudi Arabia 14:11.12
21 Ruben Sança Cape Verde 14:35.19


Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Mo Farah Great Britain 13:41.66
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dejen Gebremeskel Ethiopia 13:41.98
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa Kenya 13:42.36
4 Bernard Lagat United States 13:42.99
5 Isiah Kiplangat Koech Kenya 13:43.83
6 Abdalaati Iguider Morocco 13:44.19
7 Galen Rupp United States 13:45.04
8 Juan Luis Barrios Mexico 13:45.30
9 Hayle Ibrahimov Azerbaijan 13:45.37
10 Lopez Lomong United States 13:48.19
11 Hagos Gebrhiwet Ethiopia 13:49.59
12 Yenew Alamirew Ethiopia 13:49.68
13 Mumin Gala Djibouti 13:50.26
14 Cameron Levins Canada 13:51.87
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


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Men's 5000m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "5000m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "French Olympic runner fails doping test". France 24. France Médias Monde. AFP. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2014.