The 5000 metres or 5000-metre run is a common long-distance running event in track and field, approximately equivalent to 3 miles 188 yards or 16,404 feet 2 inches. It is one of the track events in the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics, run over 12+12 laps of a standard track. The same distance in road running is called a 5K run; referring to the distance in metres rather than kilometres serves to disambiguate the two events. The 5000 m has been present on the Olympic programme since 1912 for men and since 1996 for women. Prior to 1996, women had competed in an Olympic 3000 metres race since 1984. The 5000 m has been held at each of the World Championships in Athletics in men's competition and since 1995 in women's.

Athletics
5000 metres
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Runners in the 5000 metres at IAAF World Championships in Osaka 2007.
World records
Men Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 12:35.36 (2020)
Women Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) 14:06.62 (2020)
Olympic records
Men Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:57.82 (2008)
Women Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:26.17 (2016)
World Championship records
Men Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 12:52.79 (2003)
Women Hellen Obiri (KEN) 14:26.72 (2019)

The event is almost the same length as the dolichos race held at the Ancient Olympic Games, introduced in 720 BCE. World Athletics keeps official records for both outdoor and indoor 5000-metre track events.[1][2]

3 milesEdit

The 5000 metres is the (slightly longer) approximate metric equivalent of the 3-mile (4,828.0 m) run, an event common in countries which used the imperial measurement system. The 3-mile event featured in the Commonwealth Games through 1966, and was a championship in the United States in non-Olympic years from 1953 to 1973. It required 12 laps around a 14-mile (402 m; 440 yd; 1,320 ft) track.

All-time top 25Edit

MenEdit

  • Correct as of July 2021.[3]
Ath.# Perf.# Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 1 12:35.36 Joshua Cheptegei   Uganda 14 AUG 2020 Monaco [4]
2 2 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia 31 MAY 2004 Hengelo
3 3 12:39.36 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 13 JUN 1998 Helsinki
4 4 12:39.74 Daniel Komen   Kenya 22 AUG 1997 Brussels
5 12:40.18 Bekele #2 01 JUL 2005 Paris
6 12:41.86 Gebrselassie #2 13 AUG 1997 Zürich
5 7 12:43.02 Selemon Barega   Ethiopia 31 AUG 2018 Brussels [5]
8 12:44.39 Gebrselassie #3 16 AUG 1995 Zürich
9 12:44.90 Komen #2 13 AUG 1997 Zürich
10 12:45.09 Komen #3 14 AUG 1996 Zürich
6 11 12:45.82 Hagos Gebrhiwet   Ethiopia 31 AUG 2018 Brussels [5]
7 12 12:46.53 Eliud Kipchoge   Kenya 02 JUL 2004 Rome
8 13 12:46.79 Yomif Kejelcha   Ethiopia 31 AUG 2018 Brussels [5]
9 14 12:46.81 Dejen Gebremeskel   Ethiopia 06 JUL 2012 Paris [6]
10 15 12:47.04 Sileshi Sihine   Ethiopia 02 JUL 2004 Rome
11 16 12:47.20 Mohammed Ahmed   Canada 10 JUL 2020 Portland [7]
17 12:47.53 Gebrhiwet #2 06 JUL 2012 Paris [6]
18 12:48.09 Bekele #3 25 AUG 2006 Brussels
19 12:48.25 Bekele #4 18 AUG 2006 Zürich
12 20 12:48.45 Jakob Ingebrigtsen   Norway 10 JUN 2021 Florence [8]
13 21 12:48.63 Jacob Kiplimo   Uganda 08 SEP 2020 Ostrava [9]
14 22 12:48.64 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech   Kenya 06 JUL 2012 Paris [6]
15 23 12:48.66 Isaac Songok   Kenya 18 AUG 2006 Zürich
16 24 12:48.77 Yenew Alamirew   Ethiopia 06 JUL 2012 Paris [6]
17 25 12:48.81 Stephen Cherono   Kenya 12 JUN 2003 Ostrava
18 12:49.04 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa   Kenya 06 JUL 2012 Paris
19 12:49.28 Brahim Lahlafi   Morocco 25 AUG 2000 Brussels
20 12:49.50 John Kipkoech   Kenya 06 JUL 2012 Paris [6]
21 12:49.71 Mohammed Mourhit   Belgium 25 AUG 2000 Brussels
22 12:49.87 Paul Tergat   Kenya 13 AUG 1997 Zürich
23 12:50.24 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 12 JUN 2003 Ostrava
24 12:50.25 Abderrahim Goumri   Morocco 26 AUG 2005 Brussels
25 12:50.55 Moses Ndiema Masai   Kenya 01 JUN 2008 Berlin

WomenEdit

  • Correct as of July 2021.[10]
Ath.# Perf.# Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 1 14:06.62 Letesenbet Gidey   Ethiopia 07 OCT 2020 Valencia [11]
2 2 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia 06 JUN 2008 Oslo
3 3 14:12.59 Almaz Ayana   Ethiopia 02 JUN 2016 Rome [12]
4 4 14:12.88 Meseret Defar   Ethiopia 22 JUL 2008 Stockholm
5 5 14:13.32 Gudaf Tsegay   Ethiopia 08 JUN 2021 Hengelo [13]
6 6 14:14.09 Ejgayehu Taye   Ethiopia 08 JUN 2021 Hengelo [13]
7 14:14.32 Ayana #2 17 MAY 2015 Shanghai
7 8 14:15.24 Senbere Teferi   Ethiopia 08 JUN 2021 Hengelo [13]
8 9 14:15.41 Genzebe Dibaba   Ethiopia 04 JUL 2015 Paris [14]
10 14:16.31 Ayana #3 22 MAY 2016 Rabat
11 14:16.63 Defar #2 15 JUN 2007 Oslo
9 12 14:18.37 Hellen Obiri   Kenya 08 JUN 2017 Rome [15]
13 14:18.89 Ayana #4 09 SEP 2016 Brussels
14 14:19.76 G. Dibaba #2 30 MAY 2015 Eugene
15 14:20.36 Obiri #2 21 JUL 2019 London [16]
10 16 14:20.68 Agnes Jebet Tirop   Kenya 21 JUL 2019 London [16]
11 17 14:20.87 Vivian Cheruiyot   Kenya 29 JUL 2011 Stockholm
18 14:21.29 G. Dibaba #3 11 JUN 2015 Oslo
19 14:21.75 Obiri #3 13 JUL 2018 Rabat
20 14:21.97 Ayana #5 04 JUL 2015 Paris
12 21 14:22.12 Sifan Hassan   Netherlands 21 JUL 2019 London
21 14:22.12 Obiri #4 14 AUG 2020 Monaco [16]
23 14:22.34 Hassan #2 13 JUL 2018 Rabat
24 14:22.47 Obiri #5 13 MAY 2017 Shanghai
25 14:22.51 Cheruiyot #2 15 JUN 2007 Oslo
13 14:23.75 Liliya Shobukhova   Russia 19 JUL 2008 Kazan
14 14:23.92 Shelby Houlihan   United States 10 JUL 2020 Portland [17]
15 14:24.68 Elvan Abeylegesse   Turkey 11 JUN 2004 Bergen
16 14:25.34 Francine Niyonsaba   Burundi 03 SEP 2021 Brussels [18]
17 14:26.34 Karissa Schweizer   United States 10 JUL 2020 Portland [17]
18 14:26.76 Konstanze Klosterhalfen   Germany 03 AUG 2019 Berlin [19]
19 14:26.80 Fantu Worku   Ethiopia 01 JUL 2021 Oslo
20 14:27.12 Margaret Kipkemboi   Kenya 03 SEP 2021 Brussels [18]
21 14:27.55 Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui   Kenya 01 SEP 2017 Brussels [20]
22 14:28.09 Jiang Bo   China 23 OCT 1997 Shanghai
23 14:28.39 Sentayehu Ejigu   Ethiopia 16 JUL 2010 Paris
24 14:28.55 Eilish McColgan   United Kingdom 01 JUL 2021 Oslo
25 14:29.11 Paula Radcliffe   United Kingdom 20 JUN 2004 Bydgoszcz

Olympic medalistsEdit

MenEdit

Two men have won the Olympic 5000 metres on two occasions, both times back-to-back. Lasse Virén of Finland was the first to achieve the feat, winning the title in 1972 in Munich, before retaining the title in 1976 in Montreal. Mo Farah of Great Britain matched the achievement, winning the title in 2012 in London, and retaining it four years later in Rio de Janeiro. Both men achieved 5000 metre - 10,000 metre doubles on both occasions.

Finnish legend Paavo Nurmi is the only male runner to have won three Olympic medals at the distance, a gold and two silvers between 1920 and 1928.

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Stockholm
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Hannes Kolehmainen
  Finland
Jean Bouin
  France
George Hutson
  Great Britain
1920 Antwerp
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Joseph Guillemot
  France
Paavo Nurmi
  Finland
Eric Backman
  Sweden
1924 Paris
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Paavo Nurmi
  Finland
Ville Ritola
  Finland
Edvin Wide
  Sweden
1928 Amsterdam
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Ville Ritola
  Finland
Paavo Nurmi
  Finland
Edvin Wide
  Sweden
1932 Los Angeles
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Lauri Lehtinen
  Finland
Ralph Hill
  United States
Lauri Virtanen
  Finland
1936 Berlin
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Gunnar Höckert
  Finland
Lauri Lehtinen
  Finland
Henry Jonsson
  Sweden
1948 London
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Gaston Reiff
  Belgium
Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
Wim Slijkhuis
  Netherlands
1952 Helsinki
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Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
Alain Mimoun
  France
Herbert Schade
  Germany
1956 Melbourne
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Vladimir Kuts
  Soviet Union
Gordon Pirie
  Great Britain
Derek Ibbotson
  Great Britain
1960 Rome
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Murray Halberg
  New Zealand
Hans Grodotzki
  United Team of Germany
Kazimierz Zimny
  Poland
1964 Tokyo
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Bob Schul
  United States
Harald Norpoth
  United Team of Germany
Bill Dellinger
  United States
1968 Mexico City
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Mohammed Gammoudi
  Tunisia
Kipchoge Keino
  Kenya
Naftali Temu
  Kenya
1972 Munich
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Lasse Virén
  Finland
Mohammed Gammoudi
  Tunisia
Ian Stewart
  Great Britain
1976 Montreal
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Lasse Virén
  Finland
Dick Quax
  New Zealand
Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand
  West Germany
1980 Moscow
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Miruts Yifter
  Ethiopia
Suleiman Nyambui
  Tanzania
Kaarlo Maaninka
  Finland
1984 Los Angeles
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Saïd Aouita
  Morocco
Markus Ryffel
  Switzerland
António Leitão
  Portugal
1988 Seoul
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John Ngugi
  Kenya
Dieter Baumann
  West Germany
Hansjörg Kunze
  East Germany
1992 Barcelona
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Dieter Baumann
  Germany
Paul Bitok
  Kenya
Fita Bayisa
  Ethiopia
1996 Atlanta
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Vénuste Niyongabo
  Burundi
Paul Bitok
  Kenya
Khalid Boulami
  Morocco
2000 Sydney
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Million Wolde
  Ethiopia
Ali Saïdi-Sief
  Algeria
Brahim Lahlafi
  Morocco
2004 Athens
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Hicham El Guerrouj
  Morocco
Kenenisa Bekele
  Ethiopia
Eliud Kipchoge
  Kenya
2008 Beijing
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Kenenisa Bekele
  Ethiopia
Eliud Kipchoge
  Kenya
Edwin Soi
  Kenya
2012 London
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Mo Farah
  Great Britain
Dejen Gebremeskel
  Ethiopia
Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa
  Kenya
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Mo Farah
  Great Britain
Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo
  United States
Hagos Gebrhiwet
  Ethiopia
2020 Tokyo
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Joshua Cheptegei
  Uganda
Mohammed Ahmed
  Canada
Paul Chelimo
  United States

WomenEdit

Only one woman has won the Olympic 5000 metres title twice, Ethiopian Meseret Defar winning in Athens in 2004, taking silver behind compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008, before regaining the title in London in 2012. Defar and Dibaba are the only athletes with three Olympic medals at the distance, with both reaching the podium in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1996 Atlanta
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Wang Junxia
  China
Pauline Konga
  Kenya
Roberta Brunet
  Italy
2000 Sydney
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Gabriela Szabo
  Romania
Sonia O'Sullivan
  Ireland
Gete Wami
  Ethiopia
2004 Athens
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Meseret Defar
  Ethiopia
Isabella Ochichi
  Kenya
Tirunesh Dibaba
  Ethiopia
2008 Beijing
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Tirunesh Dibaba
  Ethiopia
Meseret Defar
  Ethiopia
Sylvia Kibet
  Kenya
2012 London
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Meseret Defar
  Ethiopia
Vivian Cheruiyot
  Kenya
Tirunesh Dibaba
  Ethiopia
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Vivian Cheruiyot
  Kenya
Hellen Obiri
  Kenya
Almaz Ayana
  Ethiopia
2020 Tokyo
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Sifan Hassan
  Netherlands
Hellen Obiri
  Kenya
Gudaf Tsegay
  Ethiopia

World Championships MedalistsEdit

MenEdit

In the World Championships, Great Britain's Mo Farah stands alone, the most successful and most decorated athlete in the event with three gold medals (2011, 2013 and 2015) and four medals in total (including silver in 2017) between 2011 and 2017. Kenya's Ismael Kirui was the first athlete to win the title twice in 1993 and 1995, and Ethiopia's Muktar Edris the third between 2017 and 2019.

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki
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  Eamonn Coghlan (IRL)   Werner Schildhauer (GDR)   Martti Vainio (FIN)
1987 Rome
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  Saïd Aouita (MAR)   Domingos Castro (POR)   Jack Buckner (GBR)
1991 Tokyo
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  Yobes Ondieki (KEN)   Fita Bayisa (ETH)   Brahim Boutayeb (MAR)
1993 Stuttgart
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  Ismael Kirui (KEN)   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)   Fita Bayisa (ETH)
1995 Gothenburg
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  Ismael Kirui (KEN)   Khalid Boulami (MAR)   Shem Kororia (KEN)
1997 Athens
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  Daniel Komen (KEN)   Khalid Boulami (MAR)   Tom Nyariki (KEN)
1999 Seville
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  Salah Hissou (MAR)   Benjamin Limo (KEN)   Mohammed Mourhit (BEL)
2001 Edmonton
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  Richard Limo (KEN)   Million Wolde (ETH)   John Kibowen (KEN)
2003 Saint-Denis
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  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
2005 Helsinki
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  Benjamin Limo (KEN)   Sileshi Sihine (ETH)   Craig Mottram (AUS)
2007 Osaka
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  Bernard Lagat (USA)   Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)   Moses Kipsiro (UGA)
2009 Berlin
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  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)   Bernard Lagat (USA)   James Kwalia C'Kurui (QAT)
2011 Daegu
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  Mo Farah (GBR)   Bernard Lagat (USA)   Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH)
2013 Moscow
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  Mo Farah (GBR)   Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)   Isiah Koech (KEN)
2015 Beijing
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  Mo Farah (GBR)   Caleb Ndiku (KEN)   Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)
2017 London
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  Muktar Edris (ETH)   Mo Farah (GBR)   Paul Chelimo (USA)
2019 Doha
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  Muktar Edris (ETH)   Selemon Barega (ETH)   Mohammed Ahmed (CAN)

WomenEdit

Romania's Gabriela Szabo won the title twice between 1995 and 1997. Since then four African runners - two Kenyan, two Ethiopian - have repeated the feat; Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri of Kenya. Meseret Defar's five medals - 2 gold, a silver and two bronze won between 2005 and 2013 - are the most won in the event by any athlete.


Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1995 Gothenburg
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  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)   Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)   Zahra Ouaziz (MAR)
1997 Athens
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  Gabriela Szabo (ROU)   Roberta Brunet (ITA)   Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)
1999 Seville
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  Gabriela Szabo (ROU)   Zahra Ouaziz (MAR)   Ayelech Worku (ETH)
2001 Edmonton
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  Olga Yegorova (RUS)   Marta Dominguez (ESP)   Ayelech Worku (ETH)
2003 Saint-Denis
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  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)   Marta Dominguez (ESP)   Edith Masai (KEN)
2005 Helsinki
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  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)   Meseret Defar (ETH)   Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH)
2007 Osaka
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  Meseret Defar (ETH)   Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)   Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN)
2009 Berlin
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  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)   Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (KEN)   Meseret Defar (ETH)
2011 Daegu
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  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)   Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (KEN)   Meseret Defar (ETH)
2013 Moscow
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  Meseret Defar (ETH)   Mercy Cherono (KEN)   Almaz Ayana (ETH)
2015 Beijing
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  Almaz Ayana (ETH)   Senbere Teferi (ETH)   Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)
2017 London
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  Hellen Obiri (KEN)   Almaz Ayana (ETH)   Sifan Hassan (NED)
2019 Doha
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  Hellen Obiri (KEN)   Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (KEN)   Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER)

Season's bestsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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