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The 5000 metres (approximately 3.1 mi or 16,404 ft) is a popular running distance also known as 5 km or 5K ("five-K") in American English. 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 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 aerobic endurance whilst speed is necessary. Tactics also play a key role, and the combination makes it attractive to many.

Best year performance

Men's seasons best (outdoor track)

Women's seasons best (outdoor track)

All-time top 25


(Updated July 2011)


(Updated July 2010)

World record progression

Men's world record progression


IAAF era

The first world record in the men's 5000 metres was recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912.

As of June 21, 2009, 35 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.<ref...
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