2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men’s 5000 metres

The men’s 5000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on September 1 and 4.

Official Video
Events at the
2011 World Championships
Track events
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

Jake Robertson of New Zealand was added to the final field at the judges’ discretion after twice being pushed in his qualifying race.

The tactical final was almost full contact, with a pack of 14 staying close into the penultimate lap. Galen Rupp tried to take the kick out early. As the pack began to break up, Eliud Kipchoge went down while the leaders began to string out the field. Mo Farah led through the final lap as a host of Kenyan and finally Ethiopian athletes Imane Merga and Dejen Gebremeskel took a charge at him. Bernard Lagat worked his way through the traffic, coming up behind the final two Ethiopian runners pulling past them in lane 3 on the final straight. Lagat couldn’t catch Farah. Merga finished in third but was later disqualified for stepping on the curb, giving the bronze to Gebremeskel.

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Gold Silver Bronze
Mo Farah
 Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)
Bernard Lagat
 United States (USA)
Dejen Gebremeskel
 Ethiopia (ETH)

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:37.35 Hengelo, Netherlands 31 May 2004
Championship record  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 12:52.79 Paris, France 31 August 2003
World leading  Mo Farah (GBR) 12:53.11 Monaco 22 July 2011
African record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:37.35 Hengelo, Netherlands 31 May 2004
Asian record  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 12:51.98 Rome, Italy 14 July 2006
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Bernard Lagat (USA) 12:53.60 Monaco 22 July 2011
South American record  Marílson Gomes dos Santos (BRA) 13:19.43 Kassel, Germany 8 June 2006
European record  Mohammed Mourhit (BEL) 12:49.71 Brussels, Belgium 25 August 2000
Oceanian record  Craig Mottram (AUS) 12:55.76 London, Great Britain 30 July 2004

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