Hagos and Yomif among Eugene‘s elite 5000m field

(L) Hagos Gebrhiwot and Yomif Kejelcha

A collection of the world’s best distance runners in the 5000m at the Prefontaine Classic will provide a preview of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 final when they take to the start line at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 27 May. More than half the field own an Olympic or World Championships medal of some sort.

Hagos Gebrhiwot already has three global medals in the 5000m. A world silver medal in 2013 was followed by bronze medals at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics. His PB of 12:47.53, a world U20 record, makes him the fastest in this year’s field.

At 19, Yomif Kejelcha has twice won in Eugene. At 16, he was the youngest winner ever in this event at the World Junior Championships in 2014, held at Hayward Field. In 2015 he won the 5000m at the Pre Classic and went on to win the Diamond Trophy that season.

Mo Farah of Great Britain now has nine major gold medals – four from the Olympics and five from the World Championships. Eight of those nine medals have been earned when securing 5000m/10,000m doubles from the past two Olympics and past two World Championships. He is aiming for another such double at this summer’s World Championships.

Farah has won four times at the Pre Classic, setting a meeting record of 12:56.98 for 5000m in 2012, and winning three times over 10,000m. Paul Chelimo was the surprise silver medallist in Rio, taking 15 seconds off his PB with 13:03.90 to earn USA’s first Olympic 5000m medal since 1964.