Hagos Comes Close to 5000m World Record in Oslo

Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet came within two seconds of breaking the men’s 5000m world record when he posted 12:36.73 in his victory at sixth Wanda Diamond League season meeting in Oslo on Thursday.

Going to the race at the Bislett Stadium, many eyes were on world record-holder and Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei, two-time world cross-country champion Jacob Kiplimo and last year’s Bislett Games winner Yomif Kejelcha.

But Hagos – who produced the first sub-13-minute run of his career on the same track as a teenager back in 2012 – ensured his name won’t be forgotten in the lead-up to the Olympics.

He charged through the finishing line to win by more than two seconds from Yomif (12.38.95). Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo was third in PB 12:40.96 while Cheptegei faded away in the final part of the race and finished ninth.

Hagos’s winning time is just 1.37 seconds shy of the world record Cheptegei set in 2020, according to the World Athletics (WA).

It also moves him to second on the world all-time list, one place ahead of Kenenisa Bekele, whose Ethiopian record Hagos broke.

The Ethiopian long distance runner said he was “really happy” with his standout performance in his favorite Norwegian city and stadium.

He said: “This is my second time running in Oslo and I really like this city and this stadium. “When I was here for the first time, I improved my PB. And now, it is even better. The conditions, the crowd was great and it was a very fast race, not easy for me but it went very well.”

Next, athlete Hagos plans to run 10,000m to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics in the discipline. “I will try to qualify for the Olympics in the 10,000m,” he said.

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