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5,000 metres, Men

Date8 – 11 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants42 from 26 countries

On the second night of London’s Olympic track & field, Britain’s Mo Farah had rocked the Olympic Stadium when he won the 10,000 metres. Seven days later he toed the line for the 5K final, an event he had won at the 2011 World Championships, with all Britain looking for a distance double gold. His biggest challengers were actually expected to be two Americans – Bernard Lagat, World Champion in the 1,500 and 5,000 at the 2007 World Championships; and Galen Rupp, Farah’s training partner, who had trailed behind him while winning silver in the 10K.

The final turned into a slow, tactical race, setting it up for the kickers, especially Lagat. Fully 10 of the 15 finalists came to the bell lap together, as Farah had taken the lead with 700 to go, with Rupp joining in with 600 left. But the pack passed Rupp and came after Farah, as several runners made attempts to go by him. But no one succeeded, Farah coming home in a final lap 52.9, and final straight of 13.1 to win his second gold medal. The silver went to Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel, who also ran 52.9 on the final lap, but could never get past Farah’s shoulder. Kenyan Thomas Longosiwa was next to them at the head of the straight but could not match their finish, taking bronze, just ahead of Lagat in fourth. Rupp did not have the kick he needed and placed seventh.

The British-mad Olympic Stadium exploded on the final lap, with Track & Field News noting that the sound reached 140 decibels, jet takeoff levels, and it rocked the stadium enough to shake the finish camera and make the final pictures too blurry, requiring use of the back-up infield camera. Farah’s 5/10K distance double marked the eighth time this had been achieved at the Olympics, the first by Finland’s Hannes Kolehmainen in 1912 and the last at Beijing by Kenenisa Bekele.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
11808Mo FarahGBR13:26.00 (3 h1)13:41.66 (1)Gold
21688Dejen GebremeskelETH13:15.15 (1 h2)13:41.98 (2)Silver
32310Thomas LongosiwaKEN13:15.41 (3 h2)13:42.36 (3)Bronze
43231Bernard LagatUSA13:15.45 (4 h2)13:42.99 (4)
52307Isiah KoechKEN13:25.64 (2 h1)13:43.83 (5)
62456Abdalaati IguiderMAR13:15.49 (5 h2)13:44.19 (6)
73250Galen RuppUSA13:17.56 (6 h2)13:45.04 (7)
82495Juan Luis BarriosMEX13:21.01 (9 h2)13:45.30 (8)
91095Hayle İbrahimovAZE13:25.23 (1 h1)13:45.37 (9)
103232Lopez LomongUSA13:26.16 (4 h1)13:48.19 (10)
111689Hagos GebrhiwetETH13:26.16 (5 h1)13:49.59 (11)
121677Yenew AlamirewETH13:15.39 (2 h2)13:49.68 (12)
131553Mumin GalaDJI13:21.21 (10 h2)13:50.26 (13)
141293Cam LevinsCAN13:18.29 (8 h2)13:51.87 (14)
153114Moses KipsiroUGA13:17.68 (7 h2)13:52.25 (15)
6 h1 r1/22320Edwin SoiKEN13:27.06 (6 h1)
7 h1 r1/21900Arne GabiusGER13:28.01 (7 h1)
8 h1 r1/22138Daniele MeucciITA13:28.71 (8 h1)
9 h1 r1/22371Moukheld Al-OutaibiKSA13:31.47 (9 h1)
10 h1 r1/21254Bilisuma Shugi GelassaBRN13:31.84 (10 h1)
11 h1 r1/22234Yuki SatoJPN13:38.22 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/21592Abrar Osman AdemERI13:24.40 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/21051David McNeillAUS13:45.88 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21821Nick McCormickGBR13:25.70 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/21129Olivier IrabarutaBDI13:46.25 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/23073Polat ArıkanTUR13:27.21 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/22459Aziz LahbabiMAR13:47.57 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/21005Rabah AboudALG13:28.38 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/21598Amanuel MeselERI13:48.13 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/23112Abraham KiplimoUGA13:31.57 (15 h2)
16 h1 r1/21038Collis BirminghamAUS13:50.39 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/21053Craig MottramAUS13:40.24 (16 h2)
17 h1 r1/23137Serhiy LebidUKR13:53.15 (17 h1)
17 h2 r1/22092Alistair CraggIRL13:47.01 (17 h2)
18 h1 r1/23115Geofrey KusuroUGA13:59.74 (18 h1)
18 h2 r1/22450Soufiyan BouqantarMAR13:47.63 (18 h2)
19 h1 r1/22635Rene HerreraPHI14:44.11 (19 h1)
19 h2 r1/21021Javier CarriqueoARG13:57.07 (19 h2)
20 h2 r1/22373Abdullah Al-JoudKSA14:11.12 (20 h2)
21 h2 r1/21446Ruben SançaCPV14:35.19 (21 h2)
AC2372Hussain Al-HamdahKSA14:00.43 (AC h1)DQ1
AC1754Hassan HirtFRA13:35.36 (AC h1)DQ2
DNS1597Teklemariam MedhinERI– (DNS h1)

Round One (8 August 2012 — 10:45)

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

Heat One (10:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
122Hayle İbrahimovAZE13:25.23Q
22Isiah KoechKEN13:25.64Q
319Mo FarahGBR13:26.00Q
45Lopez LomongUSA13:26.16Q
518Hagos GebrhiwetETH13:26.16Q
64Edwin SoiKEN13:27.06
710Arne GabiusGER13:28.01
816Daniele MeucciITA13:28.71
921Moukheld Al-OutaibiKSA13:31.47
1012Bilisuma Shugi GelassaBRN13:31.84
1113Yuki SatoJPN13:38.22
129David McNeillAUS13:45.88
138Olivier IrabarutaBDI13:46.25
1411Aziz LahbabiMAR13:47.57
153Amanuel MeselERI13:48.13
1620Collis BirminghamAUS13:50.39
1715Serhiy LebidUKR13:53.15
181Geofrey KusuroUGA13:59.74
197Rene HerreraPHI14:44.11
AC17Hassan HirtFRA13:35.36DQ3
AC6Hussain Al-HamdahKSA14:00.43DQ4
DNS14Teklemariam MedhinERI

Splits

1000 m2:49.96Isiah Koech
2000 m5:35.87David McNeill
3000 m8:19.44Hagos Gebrhiwet
4000 m10:58.82Hagos Gebrhiwet

Heat Two (11:06)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
117Dejen GebremeskelETH13:15.15Q
24Yenew AlamirewETH13:15.39Q
312Thomas LongosiwaKEN13:15.41Q
411Bernard LagatUSA13:15.45Q
56Abdalaati IguiderMAR13:15.49Q
68Galen RuppUSA13:17.56q
719Moses KipsiroUGA13:17.68q
87Cam LevinsCAN13:18.29q
91Juan Luis BarriosMEX13:21.01q
102Mumin GalaDJI13:21.21q
1118Abrar Osman AdemERI13:24.40
123Nick McCormickGBR13:25.70
1320Polat ArıkanTUR13:27.21
145Rabah AboudALG13:28.38
1510Abraham KiplimoUGA13:31.57
169Craig MottramAUS13:40.24
1714Alistair CraggIRL13:47.01
1815Soufiyan BouqantarMAR13:47.63
1913Javier CarriqueoARG13:57.07
2021Abdullah Al-JoudKSA14:11.12
2116Ruben SançaCPV14:35.19

Splits

1000 m2:38.57Craig Mottram
2000 m5:19.87Galen Rupp
3000 m8:07.93Craig Mottram
4000 m10:49.03Moses Kipsiro

Final (11 August 2012 — 19:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Mo FarahGBR13:41.66
210Dejen GebremeskelETH13:41.98
32Thomas LongosiwaKEN13:42.36
45Bernard LagatUSA13:42.99
515Isiah KoechKEN13:43.83
66Abdalaati IguiderMAR13:44.19
713Galen RuppUSA13:45.04
812Juan Luis BarriosMEX13:45.30
911Hayle İbrahimovAZE13:45.37
108Lopez LomongUSA13:48.19
114Hagos GebrhiwetETH13:49.59
121Yenew AlamirewETH13:49.68
137Mumin GalaDJI13:50.26
149Cam LevinsCAN13:51.87
1514Moses KipsiroUGA13:52.25

Splits

1000 m2:55.40Isiah Koech
2000 m5:56.70Lopez Lomong
3000 m8:42.95Yenew Alamirew
4000 m11:16.47Dejen Gebremeskel