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5,000 metres, Men

Date20 – 23 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants39 from 24 countries
Olympic Record 13:05.59 / Saïd Aouita MAR / 11 August 1984

Kenenisa Bekele was considered the greatest distance runner in the world and also a worthy successor to the line of Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, and Lasse Viren as one of the greatest ever. He was a heavy favorite and had already won the 10K six days before the 5,000 final. His main rival was probably Bernard Lagat, a former Kenyan who now ran for the United States, and who had won the 5K at the 2007 World Championships. But Lagat was not at his best in Beijing and would finish only ninth in the final. And even at his best, Bekele was the better runner. He had held the world record since May 2004, and had won 11 International Cross-Country titles since 2003 (short- and long-course). With Lagat in the final, who had good finishing speed, Bekele ran with his brother, Tariku Bekele, and they set a fast early pace. At 3,000 metres, Bekele strung the field out with a 60-second lap. He continued to push the pace for the next few laps. By the final backstretch the race was over, and Bekele closed in 54.0 to win by almost five seconds. He ran his last 1,600 in 3:57.0, and his last five laps in 4:57.0. Behind him the medals went to two Kenyans, Eliud Kipchoge (silver) and Edwin Soi (bronze). Having now won the 10,000 in both 2004 and 2008, and doubling in the 5K/10K at one Olympic Games, Bekele joined Nurmi, Zátopek, and Viren as the only distance runners to have pulled off that double/double.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
11662Kenenisa BekeleETH13:40.13 (3 h3)12:57.82 (1)Gold
22260Eliud KipchogeKEN13:37.50 (2 h1)13:02.80 (2)Silver
32245Edwin SoiKEN13:46.41 (1 h2)13:06.22 (3)Bronze
43054Moses KipsiroUGA13:46.58 (2 h2)13:10.56 (4)
51658Abreham CherkosETH13:47.60 (3 h2)13:16.46 (5)
61657Tariku BekeleETH13:37.63 (3 h1)13:19.06 (6)
72442Juan Luis BarriosMEX13:42.39 (7 h1)13:19.79 (7)
82699James KwaliaQAT13:39.96 (2 h3)13:23.48 (8)
93194Bernard LagatUSA13:39.70 (1 h3)13:26.89 (9)
101571Kidane TadesseERI13:37.72 (4 h1)13:28.40 (10)
111633Alemayehu BezabehESP13:37.88 (5 h1)13:30.48 (11)
122277Thomas LongosiwaKEN13:41.30 (4 h3)13:31.34 (12)
133241Matt TegenkampUSA13:37.36 (1 h1)13:33.13 (13)
141589Jesús EspañaESP13:48.88 (4 h2)13:55.94 (14)
AC r2/22041Alistair CraggIRL13:38.57 (6 h1)– (AC)
5 h2 r1/21568Ali AbdallaERI13:49.68 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/21050Craig MottramAUS13:44.39 (5 h3)
6 h2 r1/21802Mo FarahGBR13:50.95 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/22322Moukheld Al-OutaibiKSA13:47.00 (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/22539Adrian BlincoeNZL13:55.27 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/22199Kensuke TakezawaJPN13:49.42 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/22389Anis SelmouniMAR13:43.70 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/22396Mourad MarofitMAR14:00.76 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/21135Monder RizkiBEL13:54.41 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/21258Aadam KhamisBRN13:44.76 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/23160Ian DobsonUSA14:05.47 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/21586Alberto GarcíaESP13:58.20 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/21041Collis BirminghamAUS13:44.90 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/23315Tony WamulwaZAM14:06.96 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/22918Philipp BandiSUI13:59.68 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/23056Geofrey KusuroUGA13:50.50 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/21298Kevin SullivanCAN14:09.16 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/22410Abdelaziz Ennaji El-IdrissiMAR14:05.30 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/22692Sultan Khamis ZamanQAT13:53.38 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21019Ali Saïdi-SiefALG14:15.00 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/22894Abdinasir IbrahimSOM14:21.58 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/22211Takayuki MatsumiyaJPN14:20.24 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/22562Nader Al-MassriPLE14:41.10 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/22479Soe Min ThuMYA15:50.56 (14 h1)
DNS1256Rashid RamziBRN– (DNS h2)1
DNS3047Selim BayrakTUR– (DNS h3)
DNS1252Hasan MahboobBRN– (DNS h3)
DNS2441José David GalvánMEX– (DNS h3)

Round One (20 August 2008)

Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Matt TegenkampUSA13:37.36Q
211Eliud KipchogeKEN13:37.50Q
312Tariku BekeleETH13:37.63Q
45Kidane TadesseERI13:37.72Q
51Alemayehu BezabehESP13:37.88q
614Alistair CraggIRL13:38.57q
713Juan Luis BarriosMEX13:42.39q
87Anis SelmouniMAR13:43.70
93Aadam KhamisBRN13:44.76
109Collis BirminghamAUS13:44.90
1110Geofrey KusuroUGA13:50.50
126Sultan Khamis ZamanQAT13:53.38
132Takayuki MatsumiyaJPN14:20.24
144Soe Min ThuMYA15:50.56

Splits

1000 m2:45.60Alistair Cragg
2000 m5:31.53Alistair Cragg
3000 m8:19.28Aadam Khamis
4000 m11:08.43Eliud Kipchoge

Heat Two (20:35)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Edwin SoiKEN13:46.41Q
27Moses KipsiroUGA13:46.58Q
310Abreham CherkosETH13:47.60Q
414Jesús EspañaESP13:48.88Q
59Ali AbdallaERI13:49.68
66Mo FarahGBR13:50.95
75Adrian BlincoeNZL13:55.27
813Mourad MarofitMAR14:00.76
92Ian DobsonUSA14:05.47
1011Tony WamulwaZAM14:06.96
114Kevin SullivanCAN14:09.16
128Ali Saïdi-SiefALG14:15.00
1312Nader Al-MassriPLE14:41.10
DNS1Rashid RamziBRN2

Splits

1000 m2:57.63Moses Kipsiro
2000 m5:53.17Mo Farah
3000 m8:40.02Mo Farah
4000 m11:18.99Moses Kipsiro

Heat Three (20:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Bernard LagatUSA13:39.70Q
26James KwaliaQAT13:39.96Q
35Kenenisa BekeleETH13:40.13Q
47Thomas LongosiwaKEN13:41.30Q
510Craig MottramAUS13:44.39
62Moukheld Al-OutaibiKSA13:47.00
71Kensuke TakezawaJPN13:49.42
814Monder RizkiBEL13:54.41
99Alberto GarcíaESP13:58.20
1011Philipp BandiSUI13:59.68
114Abdelaziz Ennaji El-IdrissiMAR14:05.30
1212Abdinasir IbrahimSOM14:21.58
DNS15Selim BayrakTUR
DNS8Hasan MahboobBRN
DNS13José David GalvánMEX

Splits

1000 m2:44.41Philipp Bandi
2000 m5:31.41Philipp Bandi
3000 m8:24.09Thomas Longosiwa
4000 m11:15.19Bernard Lagat

Final (23 August 2008 — 20:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Kenenisa BekeleETH12:57.82OR
28Eliud KipchogeKEN13:02.80
315Edwin SoiKEN13:06.22
49Moses KipsiroUGA13:10.56
510Abreham CherkosETH13:16.46
66Tariku BekeleETH13:19.06
72Juan Luis BarriosMEX13:19.79
84James KwaliaQAT13:23.48
91Bernard LagatUSA13:26.89
1012Kidane TadesseERI13:28.40
1113Alemayehu BezabehESP13:30.48
125Thomas LongosiwaKEN13:31.34
137Matt TegenkampUSA13:33.13
1414Jesús EspañaESP13:55.94
AC11Alistair CraggIRLDNF

Splits

1000 m2:45.49Tariku Bekele
2000 m5:22.29Tariku Bekele
3000 m8:00.85Kenenisa Bekele
4000 m10:32.52Kenenisa Bekele