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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 10,000m



Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF    Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Twenty of the 23 starters were African-born, though five were representing countries outside that continent. The pace was modest through the first 6000m with the halfway point reached in 13:51.10, but the Ethiopians pushed the pace in the seventh kilometre with Bekele running that 1000m in 2:39. By this point the pack had dwindled to nine [three Ethiopians, two Kenyans and one each from Uganda, Qatar, Eritrea and Morocco]. The pace slowed (to 2:47.55) in the ninth kilometre as the runners prepared for the final rush. Mathathi led from the 9000m point until just before the bell, when Dinkessa led the Ethiopian charge. Only Mosop was able to latch on, and Bekele took the lead with 250m to go. Bekele ran his last 200m in 25.9 as he sped away to win by 4m, though frequently darting quick looks over his shoulder to ensure he was safe. Sihine held off Mosop for the silver. Bekele had retained his title with a tactically-run last half of 13:15.9, and a last 800m in 1:56.7.
 The Men's 10,000 metres event featured at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. The final was held on 8 August 2005.
  10,000m 8 August

Event Report - Men 10,000m Final

Bekele retains his title and sets up date with destiny
As the 1-8 favourite with some bookmakers to win the men's 10,000 metres at the 10th IAAF World Championships here, it was entirely expected that Kenenisa Bekele would take the old medal, as he did through on the rain-drenched track in Helsinki's Olympic Stadium tonight, clocking a last lap of 54.25sec to outkick his team mate, Sileshi Sihine and Kenya's Moses Mosop.

The 27min 08.33sec performance which the defending champion from Ethiopia produced was, at best, prosaic, rather than dazzling, in what was something of a muddle of a race. Sihine never could quite match Bekele's sprint finish off the final bend as he finished in 27:08.87 to add world silver to the Olympic silver he collected last year, with Mosop gaining a lifetime best 27:08.96 to go with his bronze medal.

Perhaps it is the question mark over whether Bekele will now attempt the elusive distance double here in Helsinki, for so many the spiritual home of distance running. Certainly, tonight he produced a run that suggested that he did not wish to over-exert himself in retaining the title he won two years ago.

In Paris in 2003, it was a matter of the changing of the guard, as he succeeded Haile Gebrselassie (who was missing from the final of a World Championship 10,000m final tonight for the first time in 12 years). Come Sunday, and the final of the 5,000m, Bekele has an appointment with destiny, for no man has successfully won 5,000 and 10,000m golds at a global championships since Miruts Yifter, another great Ethiopian, did so at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

"It was decided quite a while ago," Bekele said of the decision to run both events here.

Thus, the kilometres ticked by steadily, if unspectacularly, with the champion deep in the pack, no better than 11th or 12th, and unconcerned at the identity of the leader or the lack of pace in the race.

Not until the 17th lap, run in 62.22sec, did the pace pick up from its langour, and significantly that was when Bekele cruised up on the outside of the pack to move into the top three.

By this stage, the leading group was down to nine men: three Ethiopians, a Ugandan, Boniface Kiprop, Nicholas Kemboi, of Qatar, two Kenyans, Zersenay Tadesse, the Athens Olympic bronze medallist, and Abderrahim Goumri, of Morocco.

But then the pace dropped again, to 66 and even 68sec laps, so the bumping and nudging around the fringes of the group seemed to increase, Tadesse particularly finding himself knocked wide on a couple of occasions.

Perhaps even Bekele's rivals felt no one else could win: after all, this morning's edition of The Nation newspaper in Nairobi had described the possibility of any other result "would have caused one of the biggest upsets in the sport".

With a kilometre left to run, Martin Irungu, the Kenyan who based in Japan, went to the front, but not with a change of pace that would detach him from the rest, and as the bell tolled for the last lap, there were three Ethiopians at the front, with Mosop the first chaser.

But this was not to be a repeat of four years ago in Edmonton, when Charles Kamathi exposed the first frailities in Gebrselassie's armoury. It is easy to overlook, especially because of his four World Cross Country doubles as well as his Olympic 10,000m gold, that Bekele is, after all, only 23.

Thus, there was plenty of strength in his legs for the last-lap burn-up, although maybe (and only maybe) there was some brief signs of strain in his body in the final 100 metres. But, significantly, not once he reached the sanctuary of the finishing line.

And as to whether Bekele can match Yifter, or Lasse Viren or Emil Zatopek, we will discover more when the 5,000m heats are staged on Thursday.

1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 13 Jun 82 27.08.33
2 Sileshi Sihine ETH 29 Jan 83 27.08.87
3 Moses Mosop KEN 17 Jul 85 27.08.96
4 Boniface Kiprop UGA 12 Oct 85 27.10.98
5 Martin Mathathi KEN 25 Dec 85 27.12.51
6 Zersenay Tadese ERI 1 Jan 82 27.12.82
7 Abebe Dinkesa ETH 6 Mar 84 27.13.09
8 Abderrahim Goumri MAR 21 May 76 27.14.64
9 Nicholas Kemboi QAT 25 Nov 83 27.16.22
10 Juan Carlos de la Ossa ESP 25 Nov 76 27.33.42
11 Yonas Kifle ERI 24 Mar 77 27.35.72
12 Charles Kamathi KEN 18 May 78 27.37.82
13 Abdi Abdirahman USA 1 Jan 77 27.52.01
14 Christian Belz SUI 11 Sep 74 27.53.16
15 Gebregziabher Gebremariam ETH 10 Sep 84 27.53.19
16 Onésphore Nkunzimana QAT 23 Jul 85 27.53.33
17 Dieudonné Disi RWA 24 Apr 78 27.53.51
18 John Yuda Msuri TAN 9 Jun 79 27.57.31
19 Yuu Mitsuya JPN 18 Dec 84 27.57.67
20 Mohamed Amyn MAR 25 May 76 28.12.59
21 Khalid El Amri MAR 20 Mar 77 28.37.72
22 Terukazu Omori JPN 3 Sep 79 28.59.46
Meb Keflezighi USA 5 May 75 DNF

08 AUG 2005 19:20 

1 903 John Yuda Msuri TAN TAN 27:06.17 27:33.84
2 625 Khalid El Aamri MAR MAR 27:26.24 27:26.24
3 262 Kenenisa Bekele ETH ETH 26:20.31 26:28.72
4 999 Mebrahtom Keflezighi USA USA 27:13.98 28:10.57
5 534 Yu Mitsuya JPN JPN 27:41.10 27:41.10
6 766 Nicholas Kemboi QAT QAT 26:30.03  
7 274 Sileshi Sihine ETH ETH 26:39.69 26:57.27
8 540 Terukazu Omori JPN JPN 27:43.94 27:56.57
9 962 Abdihakem Abdirahman USA USA 27:33.47 27:33.47
10 266 Gebregziabher Gebremariam ETH ETH 26:53.73 27:11.57
11 566 Martin Irungu Mathathi KEN KEN 27:08.42 27:08.42
12 223 Juan Carlos de la Ossa ESP ESP 27:27.80 27:27.80
13 839 Dieudonné Disi RWA RWA 28:01.34  
14 932 Boniface Toroitich Kiprop UGA UGA 27:04.00 27:25.12
15 217 Zersenay Tadese ERI ERI 27:22.57 27:47.14
16 630 Abderrahim Goumri MAR MAR 27:02.62 27:02.62
17 567 Moses Cheruiyot Mosop KEN KEN 27:13.66 27:51.8
18 270 Abebe Dinkesa ETH ETH 26:30.74 26:30.74
19 772 Sultan Khamis Zaman QAT QAT 27:44.47 27:44.47
20 865 Christian Belz SUI SUI 27:54.11 27:54.11
21 215 Yonas Kifle ERI ERI 27:40.92 28:37.26
22 616 Mohammed Amyn MAR MAR 27:22.67 27:22.67
23 556 Charles Waweru Kamathi KEN KEN 26:51.49 27:28.35




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