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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: GBR Mo Farah
Silver: ETH Dejen Gebremeskel
Bronze: KEN Thomas Longosiwa

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mo Farah 29 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Dejen Gebremeskel 22 Ethiopia ETH Silver
3 Thomas Longosiwa 30 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Bernard Lagat 37 United States USA
5 Isiah Koech 18 Kenya KEN
6 Abdalaati Iguider 25 Morocco MAR
7 Galen Rupp 26 United States USA
8 Juan Luis Barrios 29 Mexico MEX
9 Hayle İbrahimov 22 Azerbaijan AZE
10 Lopez Lomong 27 United States USA
11 Hagos Gebrhiwet 18 Ethiopia ETH
12 Yenew Alamirew 22 Ethiopia ETH
13 Mumin Gala 25 Djibouti DJI
14 Cam Levins 23 Canada CAN
15 Moses Kipsiro 25 Uganda UGA
6 h1 r1/2 Edwin Soi 26 Kenya KEN
7 h1 r1/2 Arne Gabius 31 Germany GER
8 h1 r1/2 Daniele Meucci 26 Italy ITA
9 h1 r1/2 Moukheld Al-Outaibi 36 Saudi Arabia KSA
10 h1 r1/2 Bilisuma Shugi Gelassa 23 Bahrain BRN
11 h1 r1/2 Yuki Sato 25 Japan JPN
11 h2 r1/2 Abrar Osman Adem 18 Eritrea ERI
12 h1 r1/2 David McNeill 25 Australia AUS
12 h2 r1/2 Nick McCormick 30 Great Britain GBR
13 h1 r1/2 Olivier Irabaruta 21 Burundi BDI
13 h2 r1/2 Polat Arıkan 21 Turkey TUR
14 h1 r1/2 Aziz Lahbabi 21 Morocco MAR
14 h2 r1/2 Rabah Aboud 31 Algeria ALG
15 h1 r1/2 Amanuel Mesel 21 Eritrea ERI
15 h2 r1/2 Abraham Kiplimo 23 Uganda UGA
16 h1 r1/2 Collis Birmingham 27 Australia AUS
16 h2 r1/2 Craig Mottram 32 Australia AUS
17 h1 r1/2 Serhiy Lebid 37 Ukraine UKR
17 h2 r1/2 Alistair Cragg 32 Ireland IRL
18 h1 r1/2 Geoffrey Kusuro 23 Uganda UGA
18 h2 r1/2 Soufiyan Bouqantar 18 Morocco MAR
19 h1 r1/2 Hussain Al-Hamdah 29 Saudi Arabia KSA
19 h2 r1/2 Javier Carriqueo 33 Argentina ARG
20 h1 r1/2 Rene Herrera 33 Philippines PHI
20 h2 r1/2 Abdullah Al-Joud 37 Saudi Arabia KSA
21 h2 r1/2 Ruben Sança 25 Cape Verde CPV
AC Hassan Hirt 32 France FRA DQ