18 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Men’s 5000m preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Athletes on the start line at Hayward Field in Eugene, USA (Getty Images)Athletes on the start line at Hayward Field in Eugene, USA (Getty Images) © Copyright

After finishing down in eighth place in the 2012 final, Kenya’s Moses Mukono has his experience at this level to fall back on. On paper, he is more than 10 seconds quicker than his nearest rival in Eugene after running 13:19.26 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in May.

Mukono will be joined on the Kenyan team by the much less experienced Fredrick Kipkosgei, who is still only 17 and who has never raced outside of Kenya before.

Phillip Kipyeko, sixth two years ago, will try to spoil a potential Kenyan party and become the first Ugandan to the take the junior global title in the distance. He is the second fastest man among the entries.

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF

Men's 5000 Metres Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Muktar Edris ETH ETH 14 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Abreham Cherkos 13:08.57 ETH ETH Bydgoszcz 13 JUL 2008

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Moses Letoyie KEN KEN 13:19.26
2 Ronald Kwemoi KEN KEN 13:21.53
3 Hiram Ngatia KEN KEN 13:22.08
4 Yomif Kejelcha ETH ETH 13:25.19
5 Yasin Haji ETH ETH 13:26.21