A look at the men’s 5000m race for tonight at the Lausanne IAAF Diamond League

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Telahun Bekele leading a recent men's 5000m race
Someone just confided in me that if he were in the start list for the men’s 5000m race tonight at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting, then he would have just faked an injury and wait for a less competitive race later in the circuit.

With 15 runners having personal best times of under 13 minutes in tonight’s race, it is set to be one of, if not, the most competitive 5,000m race this year.

Results from the latest 3,000m, 2-mile and 5,000m races also put a lot of excitement and expectations for tonight. There is the new star; Telahun Haile Bekele who just beat Selemon Barega at a 5,000m race recently. Barega then beat Joshua Cheptegei in a 3,000m race before Cheptegei retaliated and beat him at a 2-mile race in which he had edged Paul Chelimo narrowly.

All these stars will get a chance to face each other again well aware of what the other is capable and have some ideas on how to beat them. Will Cheptegei sit back behind Barega again and wait for the last 200m to finish strong? Will Bekele prove he is now the man to take after the legendary Kenenisa Bekele? It is just a matter of time before we can see this.

Below is the full start list (excluding the pacesetters) for tonight’s big race:




Men 5000m start list for Lausanne DL:
1. TANUI Paul Kipngetich 12:58.69

2. RINGER Richard 13:10.94

3. KIDANU Tsegay

4. FIKADU Dawit 13:15.20

5. ROP Albert 12:51.96

6. IGUIDER Abdelaati 12:59.25

7. BOUQANTAR Soufiyan 13:13.68

8. KIFLE Aron 13:07.59

9. MOLLA Getaneh 12:59.58

10. YATOR Richard 12:59.44

11. WANDERS Julien 13:19.79

12. EDRIS Muktar 12:54.83

13. KIPLANGAT Davis 13:07.55

14. CHEPTEGEI Joshua 12:59.83

15. BERIHU Solomon 13:02.08

16. KIMELI Nicholas Kipkorir 12:57.90

17. HADIS Abadi 12:56.27

18. BALEW Birhanu 12:56.26

19. GEBRHIWET Hagos 12:45.82

20. BAREGA Selemon 12:43.02

21. BEKELE Telahun Haile 12:52.98

22. KEJELCHA Yomif 12:46.79

23. CHELIMO Paul 12:57.55

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