5000 metres


5000 metres

The 5000 metres is a popular running distance also known as a 5K or 5 km, colloquially "five-K". It is one of the track events in the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics. "5000 metres" refers to racing on a track and "5K" usually refers to a roadrace or cross country event. While mainly run as an outdoor event, the 5000 m is sometimes run on an indoor track. Official records are kept for both outdoor [http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/records/inout=O/discType=5/disc=5000/detail.html iaaf.org - 5000 Metre Records - Outdoor] ] and indoor [ [http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/records/inout=I/discType=5/disc=5000/detail.html iaaf.org - 5000 Metre Records - Indoor] ] 5000 m track events, but not for 5 km road races.

Much of the distance's popularity is due to the challenge it offers to both novices and accomplished professionals. It is a distance race that demands a great deal of endurance as well as speed. Tactics are also a key role, and the combination makes it attractive to many.

Best Year Performance

Men's Seasons Best (Outdoor Track)

Women

(Updated August 28, 2008.)

Women's World Record Progression

ee also

* Long-distance track event
* National champions 5000 metres (men)
* National champions 5000 metres (women)

Notes

References

* [http://www.arrs.net/YR_O5K.htm ARRS: Yearly Rankings - 5000 metres Outdoor Track]


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