Friday 14 August, 2020

LONDON 2017: Kemoy Campbell earns spot in 5000 final

Kemoy Campbell.

Kemoy Campbell.

National champion Kemoy Campbell had secured a spot in the men's 5000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.

Competing in the second of two heats on Wednesday, the 26-year-old Campbell finished ninth in 13:26.67, a time which handed him a spot among the top five non-automatic qualifiers in Saturday's final.

Campbell finished one spot behind Olympic silver medalist American Paul Chelimo, who took a tumble  with four laps to go in a tangle with Cyrus Rutto of Kenya, but both recovered and qualified.

With four laps to go, Chelimo hit the rain-drenched track and somehow dragged Rutto down with him. Both got up quickly and caught the lead pack.

Rutto finished third and was among the five automatic qualifiers. Chelimo advanced by being among the top five non-automatic qualifiers.

Selemon Barega of Ethiopia won the heat in 13:21.50, the fastest qualifying time; while his teammate Yomif Kejelcha had earlier won the first heat in 13.30.07.



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