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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