| Athletics |
|Men||Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 12:35.36 (2020)|
|Women||Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) 14:06.62 (2020)|
|Men||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:57.82 (2008)|
|Women||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:26.17 (2016)|
|World Championship records|
|Men||Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 12:52.79 (2003)|
|Women||Hellen Obiri (KEN) 14:26.72 (2019)|
The 5000 metres or 5000-metre run is a common long-distance running event in track and field, approximately equivalent to 3 miles 188 yards or 16,404 feet 2 inches. It is one of the track events in the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics, run over 12+1⁄2 laps of a standard track. The same distance in road running is called a 5K run; referring to the distance in metres rather than kilometres serves to disambiguate the two events. The 5000 m has been present on the Olympic programme since 1912 for men and since 1996 for women. Prior to 1996, women had competed in an Olympic 3000 metres race since 1984. The 5000 m has been held at each of the World Championships in Athletics in men's competition and since 1995 in women's.
The event is almost the same length as the dolichos race held at the Ancient Olympic Games, introduced in 720 BCE. While mainly run as an outdoor event, the 5000 m is sometimes run on an indoor track. World Athletics keeps official records for both outdoor and indoor 5000-metre track events.
The 5000 metres is the (slightly longer) approximate metric equivalent of the 3-mile (4,828.0 m) run, an event common in countries which used the imperial measurement system. The 3-mile event featured in the Commonwealth Games through 1966, and was a championship in the United States in non-Olympic years from 1953 to 1973. It required 12 laps around a 1⁄4-mile (402 m; 440 yd; 1,320 ft) track.
|1||1||12:35.36||Joshua Cheptegei||Uganda||14 AUG 2020||Monaco|
|2||2||12:37.35||Kenenisa Bekele||Ethiopia||31 MAY 2004||Hengelo|
|3||3||12:39.36||Haile Gebrselassie||Ethiopia||13 JUN 1998||Helsinki|
|4||4||12:39.74||Daniel Komen||Kenya||22 AUG 1997||Brussels|
|5||12:40.18||Bekele #2||01 JUL 2005||Paris|
|6||12:41.86||Gebrselassie #2||13 AUG 1997||Zürich|
|5||7||12:43.02||Selemon Barega||Ethiopia||31 AUG 2018||Brussels|
|8||12:44.39||Gebrselassie #3||16 AUG 1995||Zürich|
|9||12:44.90||Komen #2||13 AUG 1997||Zürich|
|10||12:45.09||Komen #3||14 AUG 1996||Zürich|
|6||11||12:45.82||Hagos Gebrhiwet||Ethiopia||31 AUG 2018||Brussels|
|7||12||12:46.53||Eliud Kipchoge||Kenya||02 JUL 2004||Rome|
|8||13||12:46.79||Yomif Kejelcha||Ethiopia||31 AUG 2018||Brussels|
|9||14||12:46.81||Dejen Gebremeskel||Ethiopia||06 JUL 2012||Paris|
|10||15||12:47.04||Sileshi Sihine||Ethiopia||02 JUL 2004||Rome|
|11||16||12:47.20||Mohammed Ahmed||Canada||10 JUL 2020||Portland|
|17||12:47.53||Gebrhiwet #2||06 JUL 2012||Paris|
|18||12:48.09||Bekele #3||25 AUG 2006||Brussels|
|19||12:48.25||Bekele #4||18 AUG 2006||Zürich|
|12||20||12:48.45||Jakob Ingebrigtsen||Norway||10 JUN 2021||Florence|
|13||21||12:48.63||Jacob Kiplimo||Uganda||08 SEP 2020||Ostrava|
|14||22||12:48.64||Isaiah Kiplangat Koech||Kenya||06 JUL 2012||Paris|
|15||23||12:48.66||Isaac Songok||Kenya||18 AUG 2006||Zürich|
|16||24||12:48.77||Yenew Alamirew||Ethiopia||06 JUL 2012||Paris|
|17||25||12:48.81||Stephen Cherono||Kenya||12 JUN 2003||Ostrava|
|18||12:49.04||Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa||Kenya||06 JUL 2012||Paris|
|19||12:49.28||Brahim Lahlafi||Morocco||25 AUG 2000||Brussels|
|20||12:49.50||John Kipkoech||Kenya||06 JUL 2012||Paris|
|21||12:49.71||Mohammed Mourhit||Belgium||25 AUG 2000||Brussels|
|22||12:49.87||Paul Tergat||Kenya||13 AUG 1997||Zürich|
|23||12:50.24||Hicham El Guerrouj||Morocco||12 JUN 2003||Ostrava|
|24||12:50.25||Abderrahim Goumri||Morocco||26 AUG 2005||Brussels|
|25||12:50.55||Moses Ndiema Masai||Kenya||01 JUN 2008||Berlin|
|1||1||14:06.62||Letesenbet Gidey||Ethiopia||07 OCT 2020||Valencia|
|2||2||14:11.15||Tirunesh Dibaba||Ethiopia||06 JUN 2008||Oslo|
|3||3||14:12.59||Almaz Ayana||Ethiopia||02 JUN 2016||Rome|
|4||4||14:12.88||Meseret Defar||Ethiopia||22 JUL 2008||Stockholm|
|5||5||14:13.32||Gudaf Tsegay||Ethiopia||08 JUN 2021||Hengelo|
|6||6||14:14.09||Ejgayehu Taye||Ethiopia||08 JUN 2021||Hengelo|
|7||14:14.32||Ayana #2||17 MAY 2015||Shanghai|
|7||8||14:15.24||Senbere Teferi||Ethiopia||08 JUN 2021||Hengelo|
|8||9||14:15.41||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia||04 JUL 2015||Paris|
|10||14:16.31||Ayana #3||22 MAY 2016||Rabat|
|11||14:16.63||Defar #2||15 JUN 2007||Oslo|
|9||12||14:18.37||Hellen Onsando Obiri||Kenya||08 JUN 2017||Rome|
|13||14:18.89||Ayana #4||09 SEP 2016||Brussels|
|14||14:19.76||G. Dibaba #2||30 MAY 2015||Eugene|
|15||14:20.36||Obiri #2||21 JUL 2019||London|
|10||16||14:20.68||Agnes Jebet Tirop||Kenya||21 JUL 2019||London|
|11||17||14:20.87||Vivian Cheruiyot||Kenya||29 JUL 2011||Stockholm|
|18||14:21.29||G. Dibaba #3||11 JUN 2015||Oslo|
|19||14:21.75||Obiri #3||13 JUL 2018||Rabat|
|20||14:21.97||Ayana #5||04 JUL 2015||Paris|
|12||21||14:22.12||Sifan Hassan||Netherlands||21 JUL 2019||London|
|21||14:22.12||Obiri #4||14 AUG 2020||Monaco|
|23||14:22.34||Hassan #2||13 JUL 2018||Rabat|
|24||14:22.47||Obiri #5||13 MAY 2017||Shanghai|
|25||14:22.51||Cheruiyot #2||15 JUN 2007||Oslo|
|13||14:23.75||Liliya Shobukhova||Russia||19 JUL 2008||Kazan|
|14||14:23.92||Shelby Houlihan||United States||10 JUL 2020||Portland|
|15||14:24.68||Elvan Abeylegesse||Turkey||11 JUN 2004||Bergen|
|16||14:25.34||Francine Niyonsaba||Burundi||03 SEP 2021||Brussels|
|17||14:26.34||Karissa Schweizer||United States||10 JUL 2020||Portland|
|18||14:26.76||Konstanze Klosterhalfen||Germany||03 AUG 2019||Berlin|
|19||14:26.80||Fantu Worku||Ethiopia||01 JUL 2021||Oslo|
|20||14:27.12||Margaret Kipkemboi||Kenya||03 SEP 2021||Brussels|
|21||14:27.55||Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui||Kenya||01 SEP 2017||Brussels|
|22||14:28.09||Jiang Bo||China||23 OCT 1997||Shanghai|
|23||14:28.39||Sentayehu Ejigu||Ethiopia||16 JUL 2010||Paris|
|24||14:28.55||Eilish McColgan||United Kingdom||01 JUL 2021||Oslo|
|25||14:29.11||Paula Radcliffe||United Kingdom||20 JUN 2004||Bydgoszcz|
Two men have won the Olympic 5000 metres on two occasions, both times back-to-back. Lasse Virén of Finland was the first to achieve the feat, winning the title in 1972 in Munich, before retaining the title in 1976 in Montreal. Mo Farah of Great Britain matched the achievement, winning the title in 2012 in London, and retaining it four years later in Rio de Janeiro. Both men achieved 5000 metre - 10,000 metre doubles on both occasions.
Finnish legend Paavo Nurmi is the only male runner to have won three Olympic medals at the distance, a gold and two silvers between 1920 and 1928.
| 1912 Stockholm || Hannes Kolehmainen |
| Jean Bouin |
| George Hutson |
| 1920 Antwerp || Joseph Guillemot |
| Paavo Nurmi |
| Eric Backman |
| 1924 Paris || Paavo Nurmi |
| Ville Ritola |
| Edvin Wide |
| 1928 Amsterdam || Ville Ritola |
| Paavo Nurmi |
| Edvin Wide |
| 1932 Los Angeles || Lauri Lehtinen |
| Ralph Hill |
| Lauri Virtanen |
| 1936 Berlin || Gunnar Höckert |
| Lauri Lehtinen |
| Henry Jonsson |
| 1948 London || Gaston Reiff |
| Emil Zátopek |
| Wim Slijkhuis |
| 1952 Helsinki || Emil Zátopek |
| Alain Mimoun |
| Herbert Schade |
| 1956 Melbourne || Vladimir Kuts |
| Gordon Pirie |
| Derek Ibbotson |
| 1960 Rome || Murray Halberg |
| Hans Grodotzki |
United Team of Germany
| Kazimierz Zimny |
| 1964 Tokyo || Bob Schul |
| Harald Norpoth |
United Team of Germany
| Bill Dellinger |
| 1968 Mexico City || Mohammed Gammoudi |
| Kipchoge Keino |
| Naftali Temu |
| 1972 Munich || Lasse Virén |
| Mohammed Gammoudi |
| Ian Stewart |
| 1976 Montreal || Lasse Virén |
| Dick Quax |
| Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand |
| 1980 Moscow || Miruts Yifter |
| Suleiman Nyambui |
| Kaarlo Maaninka |
| 1984 Los Angeles || Saïd Aouita |
| Markus Ryffel |
| António Leitão |
| 1988 Seoul || John Ngugi |
| Dieter Baumann |
| Hansjörg Kunze |
| 1992 Barcelona || Dieter Baumann |
| Paul Bitok |
| Fita Bayisa |
| 1996 Atlanta || Vénuste Niyongabo |
| Paul Bitok |
| Khalid Boulami |
| 2000 Sydney || Million Wolde |
| Ali Saïdi-Sief |
| Brahim Lahlafi |
| 2004 Athens || Hicham El Guerrouj |
| Kenenisa Bekele |
| Eliud Kipchoge |
| 2008 Beijing || Kenenisa Bekele |
| Eliud Kipchoge |
| Edwin Soi |
| 2012 London || Mo Farah |
| Dejen Gebremeskel |
| Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa |
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro || Mo Farah |
| Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo |
| Hagos Gebrhiwet |
| 2020 Tokyo || Joshua Cheptegei |
| Mohammed Ahmed |
| Paul Chelimo |
Only one woman has won the Olympic 5000 metres title twice, Ethiopian Meseret Defar winning in Athens in 2004, taking silver behind compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008, before regaining the title in London in 2012. Defar and Dibaba are the only athletes with three Olympic medals at the distance, with both reaching the podium in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
| 1996 Atlanta || Wang Junxia |
| Pauline Konga |
| Roberta Brunet |
| 2000 Sydney || Gabriela Szabo |
| Sonia O'Sullivan |
| Gete Wami |
| 2004 Athens || Meseret Defar |
| Isabella Ochichi |
| Tirunesh Dibaba |
| 2008 Beijing || Tirunesh Dibaba |
| Meseret Defar |
| Sylvia Kibet |
| 2012 London || Meseret Defar |
| Vivian Cheruiyot |
| Tirunesh Dibaba |
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro || Vivian Cheruiyot |
| Hellen Obiri |
| Almaz Ayana |
| 2020 Tokyo || Sifan Hassan |
| Hellen Obiri |
| Gudaf Tsegay |
In the World Championships, Great Britain's Mo Farah stands alone, the most successful and most decorated athlete in the event with three gold medals (2011, 2013 and 2015) and four medals in total (including silver in 2017) between 2011 and 2017. Kenya's Ismael Kirui was the first athlete to win the title twice in 1993 and 1995, and Ethiopia's Muktar Edris the third between 2017 and 2019.
| 1983 Helsinki ||Eamonn Coghlan (IRL)||Werner Schildhauer (GDR)||Martti Vainio (FIN)|
| 1987 Rome ||Saïd Aouita (MAR)||Domingos Castro (POR)||Jack Buckner (GBR)|
| 1991 Tokyo ||Yobes Ondieki (KEN)||Fita Bayisa (ETH)||Brahim Boutayeb (MAR)|
| 1993 Stuttgart ||Ismael Kirui (KEN)||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||Fita Bayisa (ETH)|
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Ismael Kirui (KEN)||Khalid Boulami (MAR)||Shem Kororia (KEN)|
| 1997 Athens ||Daniel Komen (KEN)||Khalid Boulami (MAR)||Tom Nyariki (KEN)|
| 1999 Seville ||Salah Hissou (MAR)||Benjamin Limo (KEN)||Mohammed Mourhit (BEL)|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Richard Limo (KEN)||Million Wolde (ETH)||John Kibowen (KEN)|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)||Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Benjamin Limo (KEN)||Sileshi Sihine (ETH)||Craig Mottram (AUS)|
| 2007 Osaka ||Bernard Lagat (USA)||Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)||Moses Kipsiro (UGA)|
| 2009 Berlin ||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||Bernard Lagat (USA)||James Kwalia C'Kurui (QAT)|
| 2011 Daegu ||Mo Farah (GBR)||Bernard Lagat (USA)||Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH)|
| 2013 Moscow ||Mo Farah (GBR)||Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)||Isiah Koech (KEN)|
| 2015 Beijing ||Mo Farah (GBR)||Caleb Ndiku (KEN)||Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)|
| 2017 London ||Muktar Edris (ETH)||Mo Farah (GBR)||Paul Chelimo (USA)|
| 2019 Doha ||Muktar Edris (ETH)||Selemon Barega (ETH)||Mohammed Ahmed (CAN)|
Romania's Gabriela Szabo won the title twice between 1995 and 1997. Since then four African runners - two Kenyan, two Ethiopian - have repeated the feat; Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri of Kenya. Meseret Defar's five medals - 2 gold, a silver and two bronze won between 2005 and 2013 - are the most won in the event by any athlete.
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)||Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)||Zahra Ouaziz (MAR)|
| 1997 Athens ||Gabriela Szabo (ROU)||Roberta Brunet (ITA)||Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)|
| 1999 Seville ||Gabriela Szabo (ROU)||Zahra Ouaziz (MAR)||Ayelech Worku (ETH)|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Olga Yegorova (RUS)||Marta Dominguez (ESP)||Ayelech Worku (ETH)|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)||Marta Dominguez (ESP)||Edith Masai (KEN)|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)||Meseret Defar (ETH)||Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH)|
| 2007 Osaka ||Meseret Defar (ETH)||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)||Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN)|
| 2009 Berlin ||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)||Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (KEN)||Meseret Defar (ETH)|
| 2011 Daegu ||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)||Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (KEN)||Meseret Defar (ETH)|
| 2013 Moscow ||Meseret Defar (ETH)||Mercy Cherono (KEN)||Almaz Ayana (ETH)|
| 2015 Beijing ||Almaz Ayana (ETH)||Senbere Teferi (ETH)||Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)|
| 2017 London ||Hellen Obiri (KEN)||Almaz Ayana (ETH)||Sifan Hassan (NED)|
| 2019 Doha ||Hellen Obiri (KEN)||Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (KEN)||Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER)|
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The 10,000 metres or the 10,000-metre run is a common long-distance track running event. The event is part of the athletics programme at the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships, and is common at championship level events. The race consists of 25 laps around an Olympic-sized track. It is less commonly held at track and field meetings, due to its duration. The 10,000-metre track race is usually distinguished from its road running counterpart, the 10K run, by its reference to the distance in metres rather than kilometres.
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Genzebe Dibaba Keneni is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. A 1500 metres 2016 Olympic silver medalist, she won a gold medal in this event and a bronze in the 5000 metres at the 2015 World Championships. Genzebe is the current world record holder for the 1500 m outdoor, and the indoor events of 3000 m and 5000 m. Her 2000 m indoor women's world's best time is the absolute world record, as it is faster than the previous women's outdoor mark. She holds the distinction of possessing the most world records by one individual in track history, with her current haul of five, plus two world bests.
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