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In the lat­est part of our sta­tis­ti­cal se­ries Steve Smythe looks at the 5000m

THE LAT­EST PART OF OUR SE­RIES LOOKS AT A STA­TIS­TI­CAL SUMMARY OF THE 12-AND-A-HALF-LAP DIS­TANCE RUN­NING RACE

THE 5000m was first run in the Olympics in 1912 and Fin­land is the most suc­cess­ful na­tion with seven golds. Kenya have won seven golds in the World Cham­pi­onships.

5000m STAR: MO FARAH

FARAH only ranks 33rd on the world all-time lists but in terms of ma­jor ti­tles, Mo Farah is out on his own.

Although he was only sixth and sev­enth in his first two world fi­nals and failed to make the 2008 Olympic fi­nal, from there on it was all suc­cess as he won two Olympic and three world ti­tles over 5000m as well as al­most equal suc­cess at 10,000m.

He also won three Eu­ro­pean ti­tles and fin­ished sec­ond in the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

All of his global vic­to­ries were by small mar­gins and mostly in­volved him con­trol­ling the last few laps from the front and ac­cel­er­at­ing to vic­tory in the straight, from mostly Ethiopian and Kenyan op­po­si­tion.

His first two world 5000m ti­tles were won by 0.28 of a sec­ond though his third stretched to 1.37 af­ter Caleb Ndiku at­tacked him, mean­ing Farah re­quired a 1:49 last 800m.

His two Olympic wins were by a mar­gin of 0.32 and 0.60 and his lat­ter win in Rio was eas­ily his fastest cham­pi­onships as he won in 13:03.30.

Mo Farah: in­cred­i­ble recordat ma­jor cham­pi­onships

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