Stunning 5000m Field Set For Swiss Meet

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 28, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM UTC
Dejen Gebremeskel is the man to beat in Zurich. Photo:

Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia is the pre-race favorite.

From: NYRR Media

Featuring the seven fastest men in the world this year and five of the top seven finishers from the London Games, the men’s 5,000 meters at Thursday’s Weltklasse in Zurich is shaping up to be one of the best distance races of the Diamond League season.

Even with double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah staying back in London to be with his wife and new twin girls, born on Friday, the field is still remarkable for its depth and speed, highlighted by Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, whose time of 12:46.81 in winning the Paris Diamond League meeting in June is the fastest in the world for 2012. Astonishingly, the 10 fastest times of the year were all posted in that race. The top seven—Gebremeskel; Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia, whose runner-up 12:47.53 broke the world junior record; Isiah Kiplangat Koech of Kenya; Yenew Alimirew of Ethiopia; Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya; John Kipkoech of Kenya; and Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia—are on the start list for Zurich. So is American Bernard Lagat, who finished fourth in London.

And so is American Galen Rupp, who may seize the opportunity to go after the 5,000-meter American record of 12:53.60 set by Lagat last year in Monaco. Rupp, the newly minted Olympic 10,000-meter silver medalist, already holds the U.S. record at 10,000 meters, 26:48.00. His personal best for 5,000 meters is 12:58.90, set at the Prefontaine Classic in June.

Also in the field is the third 2012 U.S. Olympian at the distance, Lopez Lomong. For the complete start list, click here; for information on watching the meeting live, click here.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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