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2013 World Championships in Athletics Moscow, Russia

2013 14th IAAF World Championships - Moscow - Men's 5000m



Host City: Moscow, RussiaFormat: First round (First 5 & 5 fastest to final) (Aug 13
Dates: 10 August 2013 – 18 August 2013
Nations participating: 203
Athletes participating: 1,784
  Main venue: Luzhniki Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Daegu winner Farah was the man to beat. He had since won two Olympic golds and set a European 1500m record of 3:28.81. Six days earlier, he had won the Moscow 10,000m with the fastest closing sprint. The Kenyans appeared to try a surging tactic in this final, which Koech opened with a 71.54 lap followed by one of 61.27, according to the transponder on his bib. Longosiwa followed, but then the field closed up and Farah himself took control as the pace settled down. Koech was again in front by 3000m, but that point was reached in a funereal 8:27.87. The Kenyan – who later described himself as a “sacrificial lamb” – surged again with a 61.02 lap to 3400m. Farah duelled with Alamirew before returning to the front with around 600m to go, having covered the penultimate backstraight in a snappy 13.67. The British runner characteristically rebuffed all efforts to overtake him with a last lap of 53.44 by transponder (or 53.51 by photo-cell), having covered his last personal 1000m in 2:22.12. Koech and Longosiwa threatened in the finishing straight, but even quicker in the last 100m was Gebrhiwet, whose 13.05 carried him past the two Kenyans to snatch the silver medal by one thousandth.




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