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2012 Track & Field Year in Review: Menís Distance

By December 30, 2012

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Will Claye triple jumpMo Farah's Olympic double easily highlighted the men's distance performances of 2012. Running in front of the home fans in Great Britain, Farah outlasted training parter Galen Rupp to win the 10,000 meters in 27:30.42 - with Rupp's second place finish giving the U.S. its best Olympic result since 1964. Farah then held off several last-lap challengers to win the 5000-meter final in 13:41.66, ahead of Dejen Gebremeskel and Thomas Longosiwa. Kenya's Isaiah Kiplangat, won last two races to earn the Diamond League's 5000-meter crown. Grebremeskel won the year's fasted 5000-meter race, finishing in 12:46.81 in Paris. Kenya's Emmanuel Kipkemei Bett owned a world-leading time of 26:51.16 in the 10,000.

At age 37, Bernard Lagat earned his fifth World Championship gold medal, winning the World Indoor 3000-meter title in 7:41.44. Lagat now has a total of 10 indoor and outdoor World Championship medals in his stellar career.

On the road circuit, Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea won his fourth World Half Marathon/World Road Running title, while Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich was the surprise Olympic marathon winner. Geoffrey Mutai posted a world-leading 2:04:15 in the Berlin Marathon in September.

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Check out a new interview with Olympic double-jumps medalist Will Claye. The young American discusses his background and career in part one, plus his Olympic and World Championship performances in part two. Claye also offers tips and expert advice for triple jumpers and coaches. You can also read new profiles on Claye and Olympic 400-meter gold medalist Kirani James.

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