Kenya flops in men’s 5000m at Rio Olympics
Kenya’s hopes of earning medals in the men’s 5000m at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games suffered a major blow after Beijing World Championships silver medalist Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku and Moscow 2013 Worlds bronze medalist Isaiah Kiplangat Koech failed to qualify for Sunday’s finals.
Other compatriot Rio debutant, Charles Mneria, also missed the ticket after finishing heat one in twelfth position clocking in 13:30.95.
It is the first time the country will not be represented in the discipline finals since it started participating in the Olympics.
Ndiku’s miscalculation of his charge in the homestretch cost him as he finished sixth clocking 13:26.63.
Ethiopian Hagos Gedrhiwet, the heat winner, has been more prolific and successful, winning in Oslo and running his best time of 2016.
In heat 2, Kenyans continued to perform dismally as the only representative, Koech, crossed the line in 13:25.15 to finish in position twelve in a race that was won by USA’s Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo in 13:19.54.
Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris and 2012 London Silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel settled in the second and third with 3:19.65 and 13:19.69 respectively. Gebremeskel also holds a bronze medal from the 2011 world championships.
Kenya’s elimination from the race means the unstoppable British Mohamed Farah will battle it out with the Ethiopians after the hero of the London 2012 Olympic Games qualified in 13:25.25.
1 2396 Hagos Gebrhiwet Ethiopia 13:24.65
2 2175 Albert Kibichii Rop Bahrain 13:24.95
3 2452 Mohamed Farah Britain 13:25.25
4 3015 Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei Uganda 13:25.70
5 3085 Bernard Lagat USA 13:26.02
6 2693 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku Kenya 13:26.63
1 3057 Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo USA 13:19.54
2 2393 Muktar Edris Ethiopia 13:19.65
3 2395 Dejen Gebremeskel Ethiopia 13:19.67
4 2162 Birhanu Balew Bahrain 13:19.83
5 2444 Andrew Butchart Britain 13:20.08
6 2188 Mohammed Ahmed Canada 13:21.00
7 2896 Elroy Gelant Russia 13:22.00
8 2343 Abrar Osman Eritria 13:22.56
9 2048 Brett Robinson Australia 13:22.81
10 2825 David Torrence Peru 13:23.20
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