Games record: 8:10.44 Jonathan Ndiku (KEN) 2014
Defending champion: Ndiku 8:10.44
Home nations interest: Ieuan Thomas, Jon Hopkins (WAL); Adam Kirk-Smith (NIR)
AW’s prediction: 1 Conseslus Kipruto (KEN); 2 Amos Kirui (KEN); 3 Abraham Kibiwott (KEN)
Did you know? England won gold medals in the first two runnings of this event but haven’t won it since 1934 although it was removed from the Games from 1938-58.