2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 10,000 metres

The men's 10,000 metres at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on 6 October 2019.[1]

Men's 10,000 metres
at the 2019 World Championships
VenueKhalifa International Stadium
Dates6 October
Competitors21 from 12 nations
Winning time26:48.36
gold medal    Uganda
silver medal    Ethiopia
bronze medal    Kenya
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Seventeen of twenty one starters were born in East Africa, a familiar situation for long distance events. Here the Kenyan team of Rhonex Kipruto and Rodgers Kwemoi took to the front to keep the pace honest with returning silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei, the heir apparent after the track retirement of Mo Farah, ever present at the front. By the 5,000 metre mark at 13:33.20 (27:07 pace), only 10 had fallen off the back. Nine more laps, Cheptegei took over the point and only two more fell off the back, though Hagos Gebrhiwet, Yemaneberhan Crippa and Lopez Lomong were just hanging on and soon to go. Behind Cheptegei, the 19 year old Kipruto and the tall figure of the new indoor mile record holder Yomif Kejelcha looking like he was waiting to unleash that shorter distance speed. After Mohammed Ahmed fell off the back with 500 metres to go, the group was still five, single file, with Cheptegei driving the train. Running through traffic at the bell, Kwemoi and Andamlak Belihu couldn't keep up and it looked like the medalsts were decided. Down the final backstretch, Kejelcha moved tight onto Cheptegei's shoulder then into a slight lead. The gap left Kipruto running for bronze. As they entered the final turn Cheptegei kept Kejelcha on his outside, while he ran the shorter distance along the rail. Coming off the turn, Cheptegei had the speed, separating slightly but continually from Kejelcha, growing to a 5 metre lead by the finish.


Before the competition records were as follows:[2]

World record   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005
Championship record   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:46.31 Berlin, Germany 17 August 2009
World Leading   Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) 26:48.95 Hengelo, Netherlands 17 July 2019
African Record   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005
Asian Record   Ahmad Hassan Abdullah (QAT) 26:38.76 Brussels, Belgium 5 September 2003
North, Central American and Caribbean record   Galen Rupp (USA) 26:44.36 Eugene, United States 30 May 2014
South American Record   Marilson Gomes dos Santos (BRA) 27:28.12 Neerpelt, Belgium 2 June 2007
European Record   Mo Farah (GBR) 26:46.57 Eugene, United States 3 June 2011
Oceanian record   Ben St. Lawrence (AUS) 27:24.95 Palo Alto, United States 1 May 2011

The following records were set at the competition:

Record Perf. Athlete Nat. Date
World leading 26:48.36 Joshua Cheptegei   UGA 6 Oct 2019
Canadian 26:59.35 Mohammed Ahmed   CAN
Italian 27:10.76 Yemaneberhan Crippa   ITA

Qualification standardEdit

The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 27:40.00.[3]

Only 18 qualifiers did it in the period: Onesphore Nzikwinkunda (BDI) 28:11.90, Rodrigue Kwizéra (BDI), and Thierry Ndikumwenayo (BDI), were qualified during Cross Country Championships (top finishing position at designated competitions – automatically qualifies, irrespective of whether his performance has reached the Entry Standard). Soufiane Bouchikhi and Yeman Crippa were invited to complete the event for Ranking.


The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:[4]

Date Time Round
6 October 20:00 Final


The race started on 6 October at 20:04.[5]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Joshua Cheptegei   Uganda (UGA) 26:48.36 WL
  Yomif Kejelcha   Ethiopia (ETH) 26:49.34 PB
  Rhonex Kipruto   Kenya (KEN) 26:50.32
4 Rodgers Kwemoi   Kenya (KEN) 26:55.36 PB
5 Andamlak Belihu   Ethiopia (ETH) 26:56.71
6 Mohammed Ahmed   Canada (CAN) 26:59.35 NR
7 Lopez Lomong   United States (USA) 27:04.72 PB
8 Yemaneberhan Crippa   Italy (ITA) 27:10.76 NR
9 Hagos Gebrhiwet   Ethiopia (ETH) 27:11.37
10 Shadrack Kipchirchir   United States (USA) 27:24.74 SB
11 Alex Korio   Kenya (KEN) 27:28.74 PB
12 Sondre Nordstad Moen   Norway (NOR) 28:02.18
13 Leonard Korir   United States (USA) 28:05.73
14 Soufiane Bouchikhi   Belgium (BEL) 28:15.43
15 Aron Kifle   Eritrea (ERI) 28:16.74
16 Rodrigue Kwizera   Burundi (BDI) 28:21.92 PB
17 Abdallah Kibet Mande   Uganda (UGA) 28:31.49
18 Onesphore Nzikwinkunda   Burundi (BDI) 29:11.50
Hassan Chani   Bahrain (BHR) DNF
Thierry Ndikumwenayo   Burundi (BDI)
Julien Wanders   Switzerland (SUI)


  1. ^ Start list
  2. ^ "10,000 Metres Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Competitions Entry Standards 2019 – IAAF World Championships – PDF title, Qualification Standards for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". iaaf.org. 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ "10000 Metres Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  5. ^ Final results