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
1st, gold medalist(s) Mo Farah  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dejen Gebremeskel  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thomas Pkemei
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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.