5000 metres

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5000 metres
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Runners in the 5000 metres at IAAF World Championships in Osaka 2007.
World records
MenFlag of Uganda.svg  Joshua Cheptegei  (UGA) 12:35.36 (2020)
WomenFlag of Ethiopia.svg  Letesenbet Gidey  (ETH) 14:06.62 (2020)
Olympic records
MenFlag of Ethiopia.svg  Kenenisa Bekele  (ETH) 12:57.82 (2008)
WomenFlag of Kenya.svg  Vivian Cheruiyot  (KEN) 14:26.17 (2016)
World Championship records
MenFlag of Kenya.svg  Eliud Kipchoge  (KEN) 12:52.79 (2003)
WomenFlag of Kenya.svg  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+12 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.

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The event is almost the same length as the dolichos race held at the Ancient Olympic Games, introduced in 720 BCE. World Athletics keeps official records for both outdoor and indoor 5000-metre track events. [1] [2]

3 miles

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 14-mile (402 m; 440 yd; 1,320 ft) track.

All-time top 25

Men

Ath.#Perf.#TimeAthleteNationDatePlaceRef
1112:35.36 Joshua Cheptegei Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 14 AUG 2020 Monaco [4]
2212:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 31 MAY 2004 Hengelo
3312:39.36 Haile Gebrselassie Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 13 JUN 1998 Helsinki
4412:39.74 Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 22 AUG 1997 Brussels
512:40.18Bekele #201 JUL 2005 Paris
612:41.86Gebrselassie #213 AUG 1997 Zürich
5712:43.02 Selemon Barega Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 31 AUG 2018 Brussels [5]
812:44.39Gebrselassie #316 AUG 1995 Zürich
912:44.90Komen #213 AUG 1997 Zürich
1012:45.09Komen #314 AUG 1996 Zürich
61112:45.82 Hagos Gebrhiwet Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 31 AUG 2018 Brussels [5]
71212:46.33 Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 09 JUN 2022 Rome [6]
81312:46.53 Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 02 JUL 2004 Rome
91412:46.79 Yomif Kejelcha Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 31 AUG 2018 Brussels [5]
Jacob Krop Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 09 JUN 2022 Rome [7]
111612:46.81 Dejen Gebremeskel Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 06 JUL 2012 Paris [8]
121712:47.04 Sileshi Sihine Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 02 JUL 2004 Rome
131812:47.20 Mohammed Ahmed Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 10 JUL 2020 Portland [9]
1912:47.53Gebrhiwet #206 JUL 2012 Paris [8]
2012:48.09Bekele #325 AUG 2006 Brussels
2112:48.25Bekele #418 AUG 2006 Zürich
142212:48.45 Jakob Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 10 JUN 2021 Florence [10]
152312:48.63 Jacob Kiplimo Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 08 SEP 2020 Ostrava [11]
162412:48.64 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 06 JUL 2012 Paris [8]
172512:48.66 Isaac Songok Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 18 AUG 2006 Zürich
1812:48.77 Yenew Alamirew Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 06 JUL 2012 Paris [8]
1912:48.81 Stephen Cherono Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 12 JUN 2003 Ostrava
2012:49.04 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 06 JUL 2012 Paris
2112:49.28 Brahim Lahlafi Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 25 AUG 2000 Brussels
2212:49.50 John Kipkoech Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 06 JUL 2012 Paris [8]
2312:49.71 Mohammed Mourhit Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 25 AUG 2000 Brussels
2412:49.87 Paul Tergat Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 13 AUG 1997 Zürich
2512:50.05 Berihu Aregawi Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 28 MAY 2022 Eugene [12]

Women

Ath.#Perf.#TimeAthleteNationDatePlaceRef
1114:06.62 Letesenbet Gidey Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 07 OCT 2020 Valencia [14]
2214:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 06 JUN 2008 Oslo
3314:12.59 Almaz Ayana Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 02 JUN 2016 Rome [15]
4414:12.88 Meseret Defar Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 22 JUL 2008 Stockholm
5514:12.98 Ejgayehu Taye Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 27 MAY 2022 Eugene [16]
6614:13.32 Gudaf Tsegay Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 08 JUN 2021 Hengelo [17]
714:14.09Taye #208 JUN 2021 Hengelo [17]
814:14.32Ayana #217 MAY 2015 Shanghai
7914:15.24 Senbere Teferi Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 08 JUN 2021 Hengelo [17]
81014:15.41 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 04 JUL 2015 Paris [18]
1114:16.31Ayana #322 MAY 2016 Rabat
1214:16.63Defar #215 JUN 2007 Oslo
91314:18.37 Hellen Obiri Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 08 JUN 2017 Rome [19]
1414:18.89Ayana #409 SEP 2016 Brussels
1514:19.76G. Dibaba #230 MAY 2015 Eugene
1614:20.36Obiri #221 JUL 2019 London [20]
101714:20.68 Agnes Jebet Tirop Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 21 JUL 2019 London [20]
111814:20.87 Vivian Cheruiyot Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 29 JUL 2011 Stockholm
1914:21.29G. Dibaba #311 JUN 2015 Oslo
2014:21.75Obiri #313 JUL 2018 Rabat
2114:21.97Ayana #504 JUL 2015 Paris
122214:22.12 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 21 JUL 2019 London
2314:22.12Obiri #414 AUG 2020 Monaco [20]
2414:22.34Hassan #213 JUL 2018 Rabat
2514:22.47Obiri #513 MAY 2017 Shanghai
1314:23.75 Liliya Shobukhova Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 19 JUL 2008 Kazan
1414:23.92 Shelby Houlihan Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10 JUL 2020 Portland [21]
1514:24.68 Elvan Abeylegesse Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 11 JUN 2004 Bergen
1614:25.34 Francine Niyonsaba Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 03 SEP 2021 Brussels [22]
1714:25.84 Dawit Seyaum Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 16 JUN 2022 Oslo [23]
1814:26.34 Karissa Schweizer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10 JUL 2020 Portland [21]
1914:26.76 Konstanze Klosterhalfen Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 03 AUG 2019 Berlin [24]
2014:26.80 Fantu Worku Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 01 JUL 2021 Oslo
2114:27.12 Margaret Kipkemboi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 03 SEP 2021 Brussels [22]
2214:27.55 Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 01 SEP 2017 Brussels [25]
2314:28.09 Jiang Bo Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 23 OCT 1997 Shanghai
2414:28.39 Sentayehu Ejigu Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 16 JUL 2010 Paris
2514:28.55 Eilish McColgan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 01 JUL 2021 Oslo

Olympic medalists

Men

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.

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1912 Stockholm
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Hannes Kolehmainen
Flag of Russia.svg  Finland
Jean Bouin
Flag of France.svg  France
George Hutson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1920 Antwerp
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Joseph Guillemot
Flag of France.svg  France
Paavo Nurmi
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Eric Backman
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1924 Paris
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Paavo Nurmi
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Ville Ritola
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Edvin Wide
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1928 Amsterdam
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Ville Ritola
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Paavo Nurmi
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Edvin Wide
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1932 Los Angeles
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Lauri Lehtinen
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Ralph Hill
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
Lauri Virtanen
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
1936 Berlin
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Gunnar Höckert
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Lauri Lehtinen
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Henry Jonsson
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1948 London
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Gaston Reiff
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Emil Zátopek
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
Wim Slijkhuis
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
1952 Helsinki
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Emil Zátopek
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
Alain Mimoun
Flag of France.svg  France
Herbert Schade
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1956 Melbourne
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Vladimir Kuts
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Gordon Pirie
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Derek Ibbotson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1960 Rome
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Murray Halberg
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Hans Grodotzki
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
Kazimierz Zimny
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg  Poland
1964 Tokyo
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Bob Schul
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Harald Norpoth
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
Bill Dellinger
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1968 Mexico City
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Mohammed Gammoudi
Pre-1999 Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia
Kipchoge Keino
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Naftali Temu
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
1972 Munich
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Lasse Virén
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Mohammed Gammoudi
Pre-1999 Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia
Ian Stewart
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1976 Montreal
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Lasse Virén
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Dick Quax
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
1980 Moscow
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Miruts Yifter
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg  Ethiopia
Suleiman Nyambui
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania
Kaarlo Maaninka
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
1984 Los Angeles
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Saïd Aouita
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Markus Ryffel
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
António Leitão
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
1988 Seoul
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John Ngugi
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Dieter Baumann
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Hansjörg Kunze
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
1992 Barcelona
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Dieter Baumann
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Paul Bitok
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Fita Bayisa
Flag of Ethiopia (1987-1991).svg  Ethiopia
1996 Atlanta
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Vénuste Niyongabo
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi
Paul Bitok
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Khalid Boulami
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
2000 Sydney
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Million Wolde
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
Ali Saïdi-Sief
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Brahim Lahlafi
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
2004 Athens
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Hicham El Guerrouj
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Kenenisa Bekele
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
Eliud Kipchoge
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
2008 Beijing
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Kenenisa Bekele
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
Eliud Kipchoge
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Edwin Soi
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
2012 London
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Mo Farah
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Dejen Gebremeskel
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Mo Farah
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Hagos Gebrhiwet
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
2020 Tokyo
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Joshua Cheptegei
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda
Mohammed Ahmed
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Paul Chelimo
Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Women

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.

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1996 Atlanta
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Wang Junxia
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Pauline Konga
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Roberta Brunet
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
2000 Sydney
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Gabriela Szabo
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Sonia O'Sullivan
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Gete Wami
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
2004 Athens
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Meseret Defar
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
Isabella Ochichi
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Tirunesh Dibaba
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
2008 Beijing
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Tirunesh Dibaba
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
Meseret Defar
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia
Sylvia Kibet
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
2012 London
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Meseret Defar
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Vivian Cheruiyot
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Tirunesh Dibaba
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Vivian Cheruiyot
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Hellen Obiri
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Almaz Ayana
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
2020 Tokyo
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Sifan Hassan
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Hellen Obiri
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Gudaf Tsegay
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia

World Championships Medalists

Men

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.

ChampionshipsGoldSilverBronze
1983 Helsinki
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Flag of Ireland.svg  Eamonn Coghlan  (IRL)Flag of East Germany.svg  Werner Schildhauer  (GDR)Flag of Finland.svg  Martti Vainio  (FIN)
1987 Rome
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Flag of Morocco.svg  Saïd Aouita  (MAR)Flag of Portugal.svg  Domingos Castro  (POR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jack Buckner  (GBR)
1991 Tokyo
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Yobes Ondieki  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia (1991-1996).svg  Fita Bayisa  (ETH)Flag of Morocco.svg  Brahim Boutayeb  (MAR)
1993 Stuttgart
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Ismael Kirui  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia (1991-1996).svg  Haile Gebrselassie  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia (1991-1996).svg  Fita Bayisa  (ETH)
1995 Gothenburg
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Ismael Kirui  (KEN)Flag of Morocco.svg  Khalid Boulami  (MAR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Shem Kororia  (KEN)
1997 Athens
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Daniel Komen  (KEN)Flag of Morocco.svg  Khalid Boulami  (MAR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Tom Nyariki  (KEN)
1999 Seville
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Flag of Morocco.svg  Salah Hissou  (MAR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Benjamin Limo  (KEN)Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Mohammed Mourhit  (BEL)
2001 Edmonton
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Richard Limo  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Million Wolde  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  John Kibowen  (KEN)
2003 Saint-Denis
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Eliud Kipchoge  (KEN)Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Kenenisa Bekele  (ETH)
2005 Helsinki
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Benjamin Limo  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Sileshi Sihine  (ETH)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Craig Mottram  (AUS)
2007 Osaka
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Flag of the United States.svg  Bernard Lagat  (USA)Flag of Kenya.svg  Eliud Kipchoge  (KEN)Flag of Uganda.svg  Moses Kipsiro  (UGA)
2009 Berlin
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Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Kenenisa Bekele  (ETH)Flag of the United States.svg  Bernard Lagat  (USA)Flag of Qatar.svg  James Kwalia C'Kurui  (QAT)
2011 Daegu
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Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Mo Farah  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Bernard Lagat  (USA)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Dejen Gebremeskel  (ETH)
2013 Moscow
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Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Mo Farah  (GBR)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Hagos Gebrhiwet  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Isiah Koech  (KEN)
2015 Beijing
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Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Mo Farah  (GBR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Caleb Ndiku  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Hagos Gebrhiwet  (ETH)
2017 London
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Muktar Edris  (ETH)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Mo Farah  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Paul Chelimo  (USA)
2019 Doha
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Muktar Edris  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Selemon Barega  (ETH)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Mohammed Ahmed  (CAN)

Women

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.

ChampionshipsGoldSilverBronze
1995 Gothenburg
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Flag of Ireland.svg  Sonia O'Sullivan  (IRL)Flag of Portugal.svg  Fernanda Ribeiro  (POR)Flag of Morocco.svg  Zahra Ouaziz  (MAR)
1997 Athens
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Flag of Romania.svg  Gabriela Szabo  (ROU)Flag of Italy.svg  Roberta Brunet  (ITA)Flag of Portugal.svg  Fernanda Ribeiro  (POR)
1999 Seville
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Flag of Romania.svg  Gabriela Szabo  (ROU)Flag of Morocco.svg  Zahra Ouaziz  (MAR)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ayelech Worku  (ETH)
2001 Edmonton
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Flag of Russia.svg  Olga Yegorova  (RUS)Flag of Spain.svg  Marta Dominguez  (ESP)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ayelech Worku  (ETH)
2003 Saint-Denis
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Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Tirunesh Dibaba  (ETH)Flag of Spain.svg  Marta Dominguez  (ESP)Flag of Kenya.svg  Edith Masai  (KEN)
2005 Helsinki
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Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Tirunesh Dibaba  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Meseret Defar  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ejegayehu Dibaba  (ETH)
2007 Osaka
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Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Meseret Defar  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Vivian Cheruiyot  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Priscah Jepleting Cherono  (KEN)
2009 Berlin
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Vivian Cheruiyot  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Meseret Defar  (ETH)
2011 Daegu
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Vivian Cheruiyot  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Meseret Defar  (ETH)
2013 Moscow
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Meseret Defar  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Mercy Cherono  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Almaz Ayana  (ETH)
2015 Beijing
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Almaz Ayana  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Senbere Teferi  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH)
2017 London
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Hellen Obiri  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Almaz Ayana  (ETH)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Sifan Hassan  (NED)
2019 Doha
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Hellen Obiri  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi  (KEN)Flag of Germany.svg  Konstanze Klosterhalfen  (GER)

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The women's 5000 metres at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Luzhniki Stadium on 14–17 August.

5000 metres at the Olympics

The 5000 metres at the Summer Olympics has been contested since the fifth edition of the multi-sport event. The men's 5000 m has been present on the Olympic athletics programme since 1912. The 3000 metres was the first women's Olympic long-distance track event, making its initial appearance at the 1984 Olympics, and this distance was extended to match the men's event from 1996 onwards. It is the most prestigious 5000 m race at elite level. The competition format typically has two qualifying heats leading to a final between fifteen athletes.

Letesenbet Gidey Ethiopian long-distance runner

Letesenbet Gidey is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. A 10,000 metres 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist, she won a silver medal in the event at the 2019 World Championships. Letesenbet holds the current world records for the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, which she set in October 2020 and June 2021 respectively. She is the first woman since Ingrid Kristiansen from 1986–1993 to hold them both simultaneously. In October 2021, she set the world record in half marathon, breaking previous mark by more than a minute. She also holds the world best in the 15 km road race.

Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Mens 5000 metres Olympic athletics event

The men's 5000 metres event at the 2020 Summer Olympics took place on 3 and 6 August 2021 at the Japan National Stadium. Approximately 45 athletes competed; the exact number was dependent on how many nations use universality places to enter athletes in addition to the 42 qualifying through time or ranking.

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