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Men’s 5000m

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The men’s 12-and-a-half-lap final has the potential to be the race of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. The entry list features not one, not two but three gold medal winners from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the Norwegian winner of the 1500m crown in the Japanese capital, and 10,000m champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia meet at the common ground of Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei’s Olympic gold medal (and world record) distance of 5000m.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 (© AFP / Getty Images)

The loaded field – make that over-loaded – also includes defending champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, Canada’s Olympic silver medallist and world bronze medallist Moh Ahmed and Kenyan duo Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop, the two fastest men in the world this year.

Then there are Edris and Barega’s Ethiopian teammates: Berihu Aregawi, the world 5km record-holder on the roads, and world 10,000m silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha.

The big question is whether the precociously-talented Ingebrigtsen can emulate the 1500m-5000m double he achieved as a 17-year-old at the European Championships in Berlin four years ago.

Only three men have accomplished the feat at global level: the peerless flying Finn Paavo Nurmi at the Paris Olympics in 1924, the Moroccan master of the middle distances Hicham El Guerrouj at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and the brilliant US star Bernard Lagat at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

Ingebrigtsen’s ambitious attempt at the last World Championships, in Doha in 2019, resulted in failure on the medal front: fourth place in the 1500m and fifth in the 5000m. At the Tokyo Olympics last year, of course, he concentrated solely on the 1500m, with the spectacular result of a gold medal victory in an Olympic and European record of 3:28.32.

The 21-year-old was beaten by Ethiopian Samuel Tefera in the 1500m final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 in March but that off-colour performance was explained by a positive test for Covid-19 the following day.

Ingebrigtsen has only run one 5000m race in 2022, winning in 13:02.03 in San Juan Capistrano on 6 May but he was the 2021 world leader at the distance, courtesy of the 12:48.45 European record he set in Florence, and has been in scorching form of late.

In the Dream Mile at the Bislett Games on home ground in Oslo on 16 June he set a Wanda Diamond League record of 3:46.46, taking almost a second off his own Norwegian record and moving up to sixth on the world all-time list.

The challenge for his 5000m rivals in Eugene will be to try to somehow drop him through the first four kilometres.

In the Olympic final in Tokyo, Cheptegei held a two-metre lead at the bell and kept clear of the field with a last lap of 55.0. Ahmed came through from fifth to second in the last 200m. The Canadian took bronze behind Edris and Barega in the 2019 world final in Doha.

Cheptegei, who has held the world record at 12:35.36 since 2020 has only raced once outdoors on the track in 2022, winning the promotional 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League Meeting in Eugene on 27 May in 12:57.99.

The 25-year-old Ugandan had no answer to Barega’s formidable turn of speed on the last lap of the …….

Source: https://worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-championships/oregon22/news/preview/world-championships-oregon-preview-5000m

Men’s 5000m

Timetable | world rankings | 2022 world list | world all-time list | how it works

The men’s 12-and-a-half-lap final has the potential to be the race of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. The entry list features not one, not two but three gold medal winners from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the Norwegian winner of the 1500m crown in the Japanese capital, and 10,000m champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia meet at the common ground of Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei’s Olympic gold medal (and world record) distance of 5000m.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 (© AFP / Getty Images)

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Men’s 5000m

Timetable | world rankings | 2022 world list | world all-time list | how it works

The men’s 12-and-a-half-lap final has the potential to be the race of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. The entry list features not one, not two but three gold medal winners from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the Norwegian winner of the 1500m crown in the Japanese capital, and 10,000m champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia meet at the common ground of Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei’s Olympic gold medal (and world record) distance of 5000m.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 (© AFP / Getty Images)

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