All we need is Paul Chelimo and Jacob Kiplimo and we have the Olympic final. I really can’t believe the standard of this 5000m. It’s by far the greatest non championship race in history and it may actually be the greatest field ever, regardless of the championship races or not.
Before we break down the full line up. Here are some personal bests; 12:47, 12:43, 12:45, 12:35, 12:56, 12:52, 12:54, 12:59, Jakob Ingebrigtsen is only just in the top 10 fastest, with a personal best he is sure to beat of 13:02.
First off. A pretty disappointing time considering this field. Muktar Edris, who has ran 12:54. 2 time World champion, putting an end to Mo Farah’s Championship win streak. Defending World champion. Seems to only be fit come championship races, so I don’t expect him to run well here.
Joshua Cheptegei. Hasn’t had the best start to the season, considering his record breaking season last year. He fell 13 seconds short when he attempted the 3000m World record. However, he still destroyed the rest of the field and seemed to stroll over the finish line after he knew the World record wasn’t going to happen. Probably the favourite for this race, considering his 12:35 ability and the fact he’s got a dangerous kick. For most, the favourite for the Tokyo double. Even though I think Jacob Kiplimo will have something to say about that.
Selemon Barega. The second fastest in the field. He’s never seemed to truly achieve his potential in big races, always behind a select few regardless of who they are. I think Barega will be very near the front, but not quite get the win.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen. The biggest question mark over 5000m. I’ve always believed this is where Jakob’s full potential lies. He literally fell short over the line in Doha. I truly believe the way he’s progressed over the last few years since then, that he is capable of running extremely fast. I predict he will break the European record in this race and challenge for the win.
Mohamed Katir raced extremely well in Gateshead and being there feeling how bad the conditions were, I am even more impressed. The conditions were probably worth at least 15 seconds and the way Katir finished in Gateshead I’m expecting him to challenge the top spots in Florence. And run a huge personal best, over his current 13:08.
Mohammed Ahmed. Finally coming away from the domestic club races in Portland. He’s an Olympic and World medalist and I fully expect him to have a strong race.
With the Likes of Hagos Gebrhiwet, Haile Telahu Bekele, Justyn Knight and Stewy Mcsweyn also in the race. It would take way to long to go through everyone Individually. So instead I’ll do my race prediction below.
1st – Joshua Cheptegei, 2nd – Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 3rd – Selemon Barega, 4th – Mo Ahmed, 5th – Mohamed Katir, 6th – Stewy Mcsweyn… I can’t do it nevermind, too many to choose from.