Prefontaine Classic: Mo Farah wins 5,000m, Kenenisa finishes 4th

Eugene, Oregon (BBC) – Britain’s Mo Farah won a highly competitive men’s 5,000m at the Diamond League meeting in the United States.

His time of 12 minutes 56.98 seconds was the fastest in the world this year, and meant he easily beat the defending Olympic champion, Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who finished in fourth place.

Kenya’s Isaiah Koech came second with American Galen Rupp in third.

Farah won gold over the same distance at last year’s World Championships and will also run in this summer’s 10,000m.

He revealed that he would be prioritising the longer event in London.

Despite having won silver in the 10,000m in Daegu, South Korea as well as 5,000m gold, Farah said: “I’ll definitely put my eggs in one basket. You can’t be thinking that you want a double.”

Farah’s time was the second fastest he has ever run over the distance and broke the Eugene, Oregon meeting record.

Bekele, recently back from a calf problem, produced a season’s best of 13:01.48 but it was not enough to seriously threaten the Briton.

Today’s Results:

Men – 800m

1 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:43.71

2 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:43.74

3 Nick Symmonds USA 1:44.32


One Mile – Race

1 James Kiplagat Magut KEN 3:54.16

2 Russell Brown USA 3:54.48

3 Aman Wote ETH 3:54.73

4 Jeff See USA 3:55.51

5 Dorian Ulrey USA 3:55.62

6 Gideon Mwangi Gathimba KEN 3:56.17

7 Tesfaye Cheru ETH 3:56.50

8 Matthew Centrowitz USA 3:57.44

9 Dawit Wolde ETH 3:57.48


One Mile – Race2 

1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:49.40

2 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:50.17

3 Ayanleh Souleiman DJI 3:50.21


Men 5,000m

1 Mohamed Farah GBR 12:56.98 4
2 Isiah Kiplangat Koech KEN 12:57.63 2
3 Galen Rupp USA 12:58.90 1
4 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 13:01.48
5 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa KEN 13:03.88
6 John Kipkoech KEN 13:06.71
7 Yenew Alamirew ETH 13:06.84


Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase

1 Milcah Chemos Cheywa KEN 9:13.69 4
2 Sofia Assefa ETH 9:15.45 2
3 Hiwot Ayalew ETH 9:15.84 1


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