Zersenay Tadese wins Men’s 5000m Race in Barcelona

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World's Half Marathon Champion - Zersenay


The men’s 5000m had been billed as a below-13 minute event and the multiple World Half Marathon champion Zersenay Tadese didn’t let down the spectators and got the target. On a statistical note, the 29-year-old Eritrean’s time fell in the short gap between his 12:59.27 PB (personal best) and the 13:00 barrier as the Madrid-based star clocked 12:59.32.

The race opened a bit slower than expected as the rabbits went through the 2000m point in 5:15.38 to later increase the pace with a frantic 2:32.69 third kilometre (7:48.07 the 3000m split); From then on, a solitude Tadese flew over the blue track to sign another brisk (4th) kilo in 2:33.66. A final 2:37 1000m had led the Eritrean to a new PB but he faltered over the next couples of laps and had finally to settle for an easy win five seconds ahead of Kenya’s Paul Kipngetich Tanui, (13:04.65) while Paul Kipchumba also of Kenya finished third (13:08.01).