The Men’s 10,000m is going to be one of the most competitive races on the track at this year’s Olympic Games. The field is absolutely stacked and there are numerous men who are going to be battling for the medal positions.
The field includes current World Record holder, Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda as the favourite on paper, but he has not done anything special recently to strike a lot of fear in his competitors. His fellow countryman, Jacob Kiplimo is coming into the event as arguably the most in form athlete, but you can never overlook the always strong Ethiopian and Kenyan contingents. The Americans are also fielding a very strong team of uber fast lads.
Then there is our boy Moh Ahmed. Expect the Canadian record holder and world championship 5000m medalist to be right in the mix at the front of the race. (I’m picking Mo to score us our first track medal of the games.)
Championship 10,000m races are often strategic and team tactics can come into play. The athletes will likely dilly dally a bit over the 1st 5,000m throwing light jabs and sizing up their competition before gradually turning the screws and getting serious over the second half of the race. Look for a big negative split with an absolutely insane last 4 laps. It is going to be dramatic, it is going to be intense and hopefully this race proves to be just as memorable as the last men’s 10,000m final at a Tokyo Olympics.