Bahraini athlete Balew achieves 5,000m qualifying mark for Olympics
TDT | Manama
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Bahraini elite athlete Birhanu Balew achieved the men’s 5,000 metres qualifying standard for the Tokyo Olympic Games following his run at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Fienze, Italy on Thursday night. The meeting was a Golden League event, part of the 2021 World Athletics outdoor season.
Balew finished a solid seventh in the 5,000m race with his season’s best time of 12 minutes 57.71 seconds, beating the Olympic entry requirement of 13:13.50. Winning the run was Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway in a world-leading time and area record of 12:48.45. Hagos Gebrhiwent of Ethiopia was the runner-up in 12:49.02, while Mohammed Ahmed of Canada took third place in 12:50.12.
Finishing in front of Balew from fourth through sixth, respectively, were Mohamed Kair of Spain in 12:50.79, Justyn Knight of Canada in 12:51.93 and Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda in 12:54.69. Aside from the 5,000m, Balew has also already achieved the Olympic qualification mark for the men’s 10,000m with a race result last month.
He is currently ranked 10th in the world in the men’s 5,000m, and 11th in the 10,000m. The qualification system for the Tokyo Olympics is currently scheduled to end on June 29.
It is primarily based on athletes’ world rankings, but the sport’s global governing body, World Athletics, continues to set qualifying times for those athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through their world ranking. Bahrain can enter up to three qualified athletes per event at the Olympic Games.