RUSSIA: The Ethiopian trio of Mukhta Edris, Hagos Gebrehiwet and Yenew Alamirew and Kenyans Edwin Soi, Isiah Koech and Thomas Longosiwa all qualified for the 5,000m final on Friday.
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah also qualified as he bids to also claim the World 10,000m title on Saturday.
The early morning times gave the athletes something to think about.
“It was pretty hard to get up in the morning as I am not a morning person, though I had to wake up at 6:00 am,” moaned the Somali-born Farah, who cruised his heat, finishing in the fifth and final automatic qualifying spot for Friday’s final.
“I got to the final, that was my goal. Now I have to recover for the final.”
Importantly for Farah, his training partner under Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp, the American who teams up with the Briton in races often dictated by Ethiopian or Kenyan team tactics, also qualified.
Gebrehiwet admitted that he almost missed his heat altogether.
“We made a big mistake this morning and took the wrong bus from the hotel,” he said. “We had to go back to the hotel and find a minibus that could bring us quickly to the stadium.
“We arrived so late that we went straight into the race without a proper warm-up but luckily everything went well.”
1 Hagos Gebrhiwet (Eth) 13mins 23.220secs (Q)
2 Yenew Alamirew (Eth) 13:23.480 (Q)
3 Bernard Lagat (USA) 13:23.590 (Q)
4 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Ken) 13:23.940 (Q)
5 Ryan Hill (USA) 13:24.190 (Q)
6 Elroy Gelant (Rsa) 13:25.070 (q)
7 Brett Robinson (Aus) 13:25.380 (q)
8 Sindre Buraas (Nor) 13:26.690 (q)
9 Zane Robertson (Nzl) 13:27.890 (q)
1 Muktar Edris (Eth) 13mins 20.820secs (Q)
2 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Ken) 13:21.440 (Q)
3 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech (Ken) 13:22.190 (Q)
4 Galen Rupp (USA) 13:23.910 (Q)
5 Mohammed Farah (Gbr) 13:23.930 (q)
6 Dejene Regassa (Bahrain)* 13:25.210 (q)