2011 World Championships in Athletics Daegu, South Korea

2011 13th IAAF World Championships - Daegu - Men's 5000m



Host City: Daegu, South KoreaFormat: First round (First 5 & 5 fastest to final) (Sep 1)
Dates: 27 August – 4 September 2011
Nations participating: 204
Athletes participating: 1848
  Main venue: Daegu Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
The final was a slow affair, with the athletes apparently playing into the hands of 2007 winner Lagat. Of the first 11 laps, only two were quicker than 63.9, the slowest being 72.8. Farah led with two laps to go, when 14 men were still in contention. A lap of 62.3 dissuaded nobody, though Longosiwa was unlucky to fall 550m from the finish. Farah was just behind Kipchoge at the bell, then edged in front with Gebremeskel on his shoulder. The Ethiopian briefly took the lead early in the back straight, but Farah held the inside and regained first place for good with just over 200m to go. Behind these two Merga elbowed Koech, and in the finishing straight edged Lagat out into lane three just as the American was making his bid to win. Up ahead Farah maintained his form to finish two metres clear of the Kenyan-born American. It was the first time a Briton had been first in a global 5000m since Charles Bennett was the winner in the 1900 Olympic team race. Both Farah and Lagat clocked 52.6 for their closing laps. Merga overhauled Gebremeskel for the bronze and duly appeared on the podium, but then was disqualified as it was noticed he had run several strides inside the kerb as the field bunched just after the bell. Inexplibly, the defending champion Kenenisa Bekele was declared for the heats despite already having left Korea following his failure in the Daegu 10,000m.