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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: GBR Mo Farah
Silver: USA Paul Chelimo
Bronze: ETH Hagos Gebrhiwet


Britain’s [Mo Farah] had won the 5-10 double at the London Olympics, in front of adoring home crowds, and he hoped to repeat in Rio. He had also won the double at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships and in 2011, the 5,000 metres at World, with a 10K silver. One week before this final, Farah had already defended his 10K gold medal, and he entered the 5,000 final a clear favorite.

As is common at major championships, the final was run at a relatively slow pace. With three laps remaining, four runners had separated themselves from the pack – Farah, Bahrain’s [Albert Rop], Ethiopian [Muktar Edris], and very surprisingly, American [Richard Chelimo]. The pace was not quick enough to maintain the gap, however, as Ugandan [Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei] joined the lead group with two laps left, with Canada’s [Mo Ahmed] and Americans [Hassan Mead] and [Bernard Lagat] close behind.

At the bell Ethiopian [Hagos Gebrhiwet] had moved onto Farah’s shoulder. At 300 metres left, Farah maintained his lead as Chelimo and Ahmed clipped heels, but Chelimo stayed on his feet and set chase for Farah, entering the stretch only a stride behind. That was as close as it would get, with Farah repeating his 5-10 double, matching the feat of [Lasse Virén] from 1972-76. Chelimo took a surprising silver medal, the first in this event for the United States since [Bob Schul]’s 1964 gold medal, and Gebrhiwet held on for the bronze. Shortly after the finish, Chelimo, Ahmed, and Edris were announced as disqualified for straying inside the rail. After an appeal, Chelimo and Ahmed, who finished fourth, were reinstated, while Edris remained DQed.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mo Farah 33 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Paul Chelimo 25 United States USA Silver
3 Hagos Gebrhiwet 22 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Mohammed Ahmed 25 Canada CAN
5 Bernard Lagat 41 United States USA
6 Andy Butchart 24 Great Britain GBR
7 Albert Rop 24 Bahrain BRN
8 Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei 19 Uganda UGA
9 Birhanu Balew 20 Bahrain BRN
10 Abrar Osman Adem 22 Eritrea ERI
11 Hassan Mead 25 United States USA
12 Dejen Gebremeskel 26 Ethiopia ETH
13 Elroy Gelant 29 South Africa RSA
14 Brett Robinson 25 Australia AUS
15 David Torrence 30 Peru PER
AC r2/2 Muktar Edris 22 Ethiopia ETH
6 h1 r1/2 Caleb Ndiku 23 Kenya KEN
7 h1 r1/2 Hayle Ä°brahimov 26 Azerbaijan AZE
8 h1 r1/2 Aron Kifle 18 Eritrea ERI
9 h1 r1/2 Illias Fifa 27 Spain ESP
10 h1 r1/2 Kemoy Campbell 25 Jamaica JAM
11 h1 r1/2 Jacob Kiplimo 15 Uganda UGA
11 h2 r1/2 Phillip Kipyeko 21 Uganda UGA
12 h1 r1/2 Charles Muneria 20 Kenya KEN
12 h2 r1/2 Isiah Koech 22 Kenya KEN
13 h2 r1/2 Patrick Tiernan 21 Australia AUS
14 h1 r1/2 Younés Es-Salhi 23 Morocco MAR
14 h2 r1/2 Florian Orth 27 Germany GER
15 h1 r1/2 Namakoe Nkhasi 23 Lesotho LES
15 h2 r1/2 Hiskel Tewelde 29 Eritrea ERI
16 h1 r1/2 Bashir Abdi 27 Belgium BEL
16 h2 r1/2 Suguru Osako 25 Japan JPN
17 h1 r1/2 Olivier Irabaruta 25 Burundi BDI
17 h2 r1/2 Adel Mechaal 25 Spain ESP
18 h1 r1/2 Sam McEntee 24 Australia AUS
18 h2 r1/2 Soufiyan Bouqantar 22 Morocco MAR
19 h1 r1/2 Luc Bruchet 25 Canada CAN
19 h2 r1/2 Ali Kaya 22 Turkey TUR
20 h1 r1/2 Richard Ringer 27 Germany GER
20 h2 r1/2 Tom Farrell 25 Great Britain GBR
21 h1 r1/2 Kota Murayama 23 Japan JPN
21 h2 r1/2 Tariq Ahmed Al-Amri 25 Saudi Arabia KSA
22 h1 r1/2 Hari Kumar Rimal 29 Nepal NEP
22 h2 r1/2 Antonio Abadia 26 Spain ESP
23 h1 r1/2 Mohamed Mohamed 20 Somalia SOM
23 h2 r1/2 Kefasi Chitsala 22 Malawi MAW
24 h1 r1/2 Rosefelo Siosi 19 Solomon Islands SOL
24 h2 r1/2 San Naing 25 Myanmar MYA
25 h2 r1/2 Romário Leitão 19 Sao Tome and Principe STP
AC h2 r1/2 Zouhair Aouad 27 Bahrain BRN
AC Moukheld Al-Outaibi 40 Saudi Arabia KSA DQ