Yearly Rankings- 5000 meters Outdoor Track

Men

Leaders
2012   12:46.91   Dejene Gebremeskel (ETH)        06 Jul  Paris FRA
2011   12:53.11   Mohamed Farah (ENG)             22 Jul  Monte Carlo MON
2010   12:51.21   Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)            14 May  Doha QAT
2009   12:52.32   Kenenisa Bekele-6               28 Aug  Zurich SUI
2008   12:50.18   Kenenisa Bekele-5               29 Aug  Zurich SUI
2007   12:49.53   Kenenisa Bekele-4               28 Jul  Zaragoza ESP
2006   12:48.09   Kenenisa Bekele-3               25 Aug  Brussels BEL
2005   12:40.18   Kenenisa Bekele-2               01 Jul  Paris FRA
2004   12:37.35   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)           31 May  Hengelo NED
2003   12:48.81   Stephen Cherono (KEN)           12 Jun  Ostrava CZE
2002   12:55.85   Salah Hissou (MAR)              12 Jul  Rome ITA
2001   12:56.72   Richard Limo (KEN)              17 Aug  Zurich SUI
2000   12:49.28   Brahim Lahlafi (MAR)            25 Aug  Brussels BEL

1999   12:49.64   Haile Gebreselasie-4            11 Aug  Zurich SUI
1998   12:39.36   Haile Gebreselasie-3            13 Jun  Helsinki FIN
1997   12:39.74   Daniel Komen-2                  22 Aug  Brussels BEL
1996   12:45.09   Daniel Komen (KEN)              14 Aug  Zurich SUI
1995   12:44.39   Haile Gebreselasie-2            16 Aug  Zurich SUI
1994   12:56.96   Haile Gebreselasie (ETH)        04 Jun  Hengelo NED
1993   13:02.75   Ismael Kirui (KEN)              16 Aug  Stuttgart GER
1992   13:00.93   Moses Kiptanui (KEN)            28 Aug  Brussels BEL
1991   13:01.82   Yobes Ondieki-2                 07 Aug  Zurich SUI
1990   13:05.59   Salvatore Antibo (ITA)          18 Jul  Bologna ITA
1989   13:04.24   Yobes Ondieki (KEN)             01 Jul  Oslo NOR
1988   13:11.70   John Ngugi (KEN)                01 Oct  Seoul KOR
1987   12:58.39   Said Aouita-4                   22 Jul  Rome ITA
1986   13:00.86   Said Aouita-3                   06 Aug  La Corunna ESP
1985   13:00.40   Said Aouita-2                   27 Jul  Oslo NOR
1984   13:04.78   Said Aouita (MAR)               13 Jun  Florence ITA
1983   13:08.54   Fernando Mamede (POR)           17 Sep  Tokyo JPN
1982   13:00.41   Dave Moorcroft (ENG)            07 Jul  Oslo NOR
1981   13:06.20   Henry Rono-2                    13 Sep  Knarvik NOR
1980   13:16.38   Miruts Yifter (ETH)             07 Jun  Bratislava SVK

1979   13:12.29   Suleiman Nyambui (TAN)          18 Jun  Stockholm SWE
1978   13:08.4    Henry Rono (KEN)                08 Apr  Berkeley CA USA
1977   13:12.86   Dick Quax-2                     05 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1976   13:13.10   Dick Quax (NZL)                 05 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1975   13:18.6    Emile Puttemans-3               04 Jun  Papendal NED
1974   13:14.4    Ben Jipcho (KEN)                29 Jan  Christchurch NZL
1973   13:14.51   Emile Puttemans-2               07 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1972   13:13.0    Emile Puttemans (BEL)           20 Sep  Brussels BEL
1971   13:22.2    Dave Bedford (ENG)              12 Jun  Edinburgh SCO
1970   13:22.8    Ian Stewart (SCO)               25 Jul  Edinburgh SCO
1969   13:29.0    Dick Taylor (ENG)               13 Aug  London ENG
1968   13:27.66   Ronald Clarke-3                 02 Sep  London ENG
1967   13:18.8    Ronald Clarke-2                 05 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1966   13:16.6    Ronald Clarke (AUS)             05 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1965   13:24.2    Kipchoge Keino (KEN)            30 Nov  Auckland NZL
1964   13:38.0    Robert Schul (USA)              05 Jun  Compton CA USA
1963   13:38.6    Piotr Bolotnikov-2              23 Jun  Zurich SUI
1962   13:38.4    Murray Halberg-2                17 Feb  Auckland NZL
1961   13:35.2    Murray Halberg (NZL)            25 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1960   13:38.1    Piotr Bolotnikov (MDA)          07 Oct  Kiev UKR

1959   13:42.4    Friedrich Janke (GER)           05 Sep  Berlin GER
1958   13:51.6    Gordon Pirie-2                  28 Aug  Goteborg SWE
1957   13:35.0    Vladimir Kuts-2                 13 Oct  Rome ITA
1956   13:36.8    Gordon Pirie (GBR)              19 Jun  Bergen NOR
1955   13:40.6    Sandor Iharos (HUN)             23 Oct  Budapest HUN
1954   13:51.2    Vladimir Kuts (UKR)             23 Oct  Prague CZE
1953   13:58.8    Aleksandr Anufriyev (RUS)       06 Jun  Moscow RUS
1952   14:06.4    Emil Zatopek-5                  04 Oct  Opava CZE
1951   14:10.8    Gaston Reiff (BEL)              13 Jun  Brussels BEL
1950   14:03.0    Emil Zatopek-4                  26 Aug  Brussels BEL
1949   14:10.2    Emil Zatopek-3                  09 May  Warsaw POL
1948   14:10.0    Emil Zatopek-2                  22 Jun  Prague CZE
1947   14:08.2    Emil Zatopek (CZE)              25 Jun  Prague CZE
1946   14:08.6    Sydney Wooderson (GBR)          23 Aug  Oslo NOR
1945   14:17.2    Viljo Heino-2                   11 Aug  Turku FIN                                  
1944   14:09.6    Viljo Heino (FIN)               17 Sep  Goteborg SWE
1943   14:22.8    Åke Durkfeldt (SWE)             02 Jul  Stockholm SWE                           
1942   13:58.2    Gunder Hagg (SWE)               20 Sep  Goteborg SWE
1941   14:15.8    Bror Hellström-2                28 Sep  Stockholm SWE
1940   14:20.6    Bror Hellström (SWE)            01 Aug  Helsinki FIN

1939   14:08.8    Taisto Maki-3                   16 Jun  Helsinki FIN
1938   14:26.8    Taisto Maki-2                   04 Sep  Colombes FRA
1937   14:28.8    Taisto Maki (FIN)               07 Aug  Viipuri FIN
1936   14:22.2    Gunnar Höckert (FIN)            07 Aug  Berlin GER
1935   14:36.8    Lauri Lehtinen-4                10 Aug  Kotka FIN
1934   14:36.8    Roger Rochard (FRA)             09 Sep  Turin ITA
1933   14:41.4    Lauri Lehtinen-3                25 Jun  Antwerp BEL
1932   14:16.9    Lauri Lehtinen-2                19 Jun  Helsinki FIN
1931   14:31.7    Lauri Lehtinen (FIN)            01 Jul  Helsinki FIN
1930   14:40.7    Paavo Nurmi-6                   27 Aug  Helsinki FIN
1929   14:47.2    Lauri Virtanen (FIN)            10 Jul  Turku FIN
1928   14:36.2    Ville Ritola (FIN)              21 Jun  Helsinki FIN
1927   14:45.3    Nils Eklöf (SWE)                06 Aug  Norrköping SWE
1926   14:34.0    Paavo Nurmi-5                   21 Sep  Vienna AUT
1925   14:40.4    Edin Wide (SWE)                 18 Jun  Stockholm SWE
1924   14:28.2    Paavo Nurmi-4                   19 Jun  Helsinki FIN
1923   14:39.9    Paavo Nurmi-3                   24 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1922   14:35.3    Paavo Nurmi-2                   12 Sep  Stockholm SWE
1921   14:53.8    Paavo Nurmi (FIN)               22 May  Göteborg SWE
1920   14:45.0    Charles Hunter (USA)            26 Jun  Pasadena CA USA

1919   14:51.0    Eric Backman (SWE)              31 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1918   14:57.5    John Zander-2                   17 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1917   14:59.6    John Zander-3                   19 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1916   15:16.3    John Zander (SWE)               09 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1915   15:24.0    Albin Stenroos (FIN)            03 Jul  Turku FIN
1914   14:57.8    Hannes Kolehmainen-2            04 Apr  n/a
1913   14:58.8+   Jean Bouin-2                    06 Apr  Marseille FRA
1912   14:36.6    Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN)        10 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1911   15:11.4    Jean Bouin (FRA)                16 Nov  Colombes FRA
1910   15:39.0    William Coales (GBR)            11 Sep  Stockholm SWE
1909   15:10.0    Arthur Robertson-2              05 Sep  Stockholm SWE
1908   15:01.2    Arthur Robertson (GBR)          13 Sep  Stockholm SWE
1907   15:01.0    Johan Svanberg (SWE)            18 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1906   15:33.3    Edward Dahl-2                   16 Sep  Stockholm SWE
1905   15:48.7    Edward Dahl (SWE)               12 Jun  Stockholm SWE
1904   14:59.0    Alfred Schrubb-2                13 Jun  Glasgow SCO
1903   15:03.0    Alfred Schrubb (GBR)            15 Jun  Glasgow SCO
1902   16:25.6    Johannes Böge (GER)             20 Jul  Berlin GER
1901   16:26.0    Angelo Rabuffetti (ITA)         17 Jul  Milan ITA
1900   15:29.2    Charles Bennett (GBR)           22 Jul  Paris FRA
+ -> time taken at 5040 m enroute

Quality Performances
       Sum <14:00<13:50<13:40<13:30<13:20<13:10<13:00<12:50<12:40
2012   2844  1162   733   456   275   129    62    21     6
2011   2623  1060   693   426   240   128    54    22
2010   2383   973   583   360   216   144    79    28
2009   2562   980   650   431   274   137    70    20   
2008   2240   863   587   369   224   133    54    10       
2007   1973   808   532   317   169   105    33     8     1       
2006   2107   756   529   333   219   144    90    33     3       
2005   2263   867   585   372   228   130    58    22     1       
2004   2620   954   706   446   274   159    66    11     3     1 
2003   2321   902   627   371   222   122    53    24     1       
2002   1931   767   536   305   175    98    40    10             
2001   2015   769   546   325   201   108    58     8             
2000   2578   990   715   422   237   122    73    17     2       
       Sum <14:00<13:50<13:40<13:30<13:20<13:10<13:00<12:50<12:40
1999   2014   807   568   310   170    90    47    21     1       
1998   1741   670   460   283   172    88    53    13     1     1 
1997   1833   681   490   314   181    99    46    16     5     1 
1996   1741   659   468   296   175    80    47    15     1       
1995   1514   515   400   279   182    97    35     5     1       
1994   1358   507   370   247   146    70    17     1             
1993   1325   484   361   243   145    71    21                   
1992   1602   601   471   308   155    58     9                   
1991   1385   566   405   260   119    33     2                   
1990   1173   487   343   203   108    27     5                   
1989   1026   411   311   191    86    24     3                   
1988   1150   469   341   210   109    21                         
1987   1189   505   364   212    92    14     1     1             
1986   1168   446   345   236   111    29     1                   
1985   1090   455   337   199    74    22     3                   
1984   1074   476   335   168    68    23     4                   
1983    970   409   296   188    64    11     2                   
1982    870   317   262   186    72    28     5                   
1981    699   278   201   145    60    14     1                   
1980    737   286   225   146    69    11                         
       Sum <14:00<13:50<13:40<13:30<13:20<13:10<13:00<12:50<12:40
1979    769   294   227   169    67    12                         
1978    889   330   265   200    82    11     1                   
1977    859   328   266   179    73    13                         
1976    595   244   175   111    56     9                         
1975    537   216   187   106    27     1                         
1974    625   261   210   110    41     3                         
1973    397   184   129    59    21     4                         
1972    382   175   116    66    20     5                         
1971    374   171   138    58     7                               
1970    252   147    82    16     7                               
1969    232   135    75    21     1                               
1968    237   137    69    26     5                               
1967    160    94    48    16     1     1                         
1966    250   148    76    19     6     1                         
1965    217   117    65    25    10                               
1964    132    97    32     3                                     
1963     63    49    13     1                                           
1962     41    35     5     1                                     
1961     33    28     3     2                                     
1960     54    47     6     1                                     
       Sum <14:00<13:50<13:40<13:30<13:20<13:10<13:00<12:50<12:40
1959     40    33     7                                           
1958     18    18                                                 
1957     22    17     3     2                                     
1956     22    14     5     3                                     
1955     12    10     2                                           
1954      6     6                                                 
1953      1     1                                                 
1952      0                                                       
1951      0                                                       
1950      0                                                       
1949      0                                                       
1948      0                                                       
1947      0                                                       
1946      0                                                       
1945      0                                                        
1944      0                                                       
1943      0                                                        
1942      1     1   

Women

Leaders
2012   14:35.62   Vivian Cheruiyot-3              31 May  Rome ITA
2011   14:20.87   Vivian Cheruiyot-2              29 Jul  Stockholm SWE
2010   14:27.41   Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)          16 Jul  Paris FRA
2009   14:33.65   Tirunesh Dibaba-2               25 Jul  London ENG
2008   14:11.15   Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)           06 Jun  Oslo NOR
2007   14:16.63   Meseret Defar-3                 15 Jun  Oslo NOR
2006   14:24.53   Meseret Defar-2                 03 Jun  New York NY USA
2005   14:28.98   Meseret Defar (ETH)             26 Aug  Brussels BEL
2004   14:24.68   Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)         11 Jun  Bergen NOR
2003   14:29.32   Birhane Adere (ETH)             27 Jun  Oslo NOR
2002   14:31.42   Paula Radcliffe (ENG)           28 Jul  Manchester ENG
2001   14:29.32   Olga Yegorova (RUS)             31 Aug  Berlin GER
2000   14:30.88   Getenesh Wami (ETH)             05 Aug  Heusden BEL

1999   14:40.59   Gabriela Szabo-2                07 Sep  Berlin GER
1998   14:31.48   Gabriela Szabo (ROM)            01 Sep  Berlin GER
1997   14:28.09   Ji-ang Bo (CHN)                 23 Oct  Shanghai CHN
1996   14:41.07   Fernanda Ribeiro-2              05 Jul  Oslo NOR
1995   14:36.45   Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)          22 Jul  Hechtel BEL
1994   15:05.94   Elena Romanova-2                12 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1993   14:45.92   Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)          27 Aug  Berlin GER
1992   14:44.15   Elana Meyer-2                   06 Mar  Bellville RSA
1991   14:49.35   Elana Meyer (RSA)               08 Apr  Cape Town RSA
1990   15:02.23   Elena Romanova (RUS)            24 Jul  Seattle WA USA
1989   14:59.01   Katrin Wessel (GER)             03 Jul  Stockholm SWE
1988   15:03.29   Liz McColgan-2                  26 Aug  Berlin GER
1987   15:01.08   Liz McColgan (SCO)              05 Aug  Oslo NOR
1986   14:37.33   Ingrid Kristiansen-2            05 Aug  Stockholm SWE
1985   14:48.07   Zola Pieterse-2                 26 Aug  London ENG
1984   14:58.89   Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)        28 Jun  Oslo NOR
1983   15:10.65   Zola Pieterse (RSA)             17 Oct  Port Elizabeth RSA
1982   15:08.26   Mary Slaney (USA)               05 Jun  Eugene OR USA
1981   15:14.51   Paula Fudge (ENG)               13 Sep  Knarvik NOR
1980   15:30.6    Jan Merrill (USA)               22 Mar  Palo Alto CA USA

1979   15:33.8    Jan Merrill-2                   19 May  Durham NC USA
1978   15:35.52   Kathy Mills (USA)               26 May  Knoxville TN USA
1977   15:37.0    Jan Merrill (USA)               06 Jul  Ingelheim GER
1976   16:04.2    Nina Holmen (FIN)               30 May  Pietarsaari GIN
1975   16:55.0    Thelma Wright (CAN)             11 Jun  Richmond BC CAN           
1974   16:38.0    Julie Brown (USA)               17 Jun  Santa Monica CA USA
1973              
1972              
1971   17:30.5    Cheryl (Flanagan) Bridges (USA) 21 Mar  Phoenix AZ USA          
1970              
1969   15:53.6    Paola Cacchi (ITA)              02 Sep  Milan ITA 

Quality Performances
       Sum <16:20<16:00<15:40<15:20<15:00<14:40<14:20
2012   2419  1277   684   301   125    29     3
2011   2178  1143   574   255   120    56    21
2010   1818   938   487   205   108    59    21
2009   1654   817   500   212    83    32    10
2008   1822   780   544   284   149    49    14     2
2007   1784   786   546   283   122    38     8     1
2006   1766   758   524   275   141    57    11 
2005   1833   767   529   310   147    57    13 
2004   2131   883   676   344   165    55     8 
2003   1858   775   589   297   139    55     3 
2002   1495   642   484   244    95    27     3 
2001   1637   717   514   272   106    24     4 
2000   1988   868   635   319   120    44     2 
       Sum <16:20<16:00<15:40<15:20<15:00<14:40<14:20
1999   1522   706   501   216    72    27       
1998   1207   572   386   181    50    15     3 
1997   1436   628   451   230    88    32     7 
1996   1364   545   418   242   119    40       
1995   1056   411   319   204    93    28     1 
1994    355   173   113    52    17             
1993    161    67    44    30    15     5       
1992    241   106    72    42    17     4       
1991    135    58    36    24    13     4       
1990    225   107    68    37    13             
1989    179    85    52    31    10     1       
1988    221   103    72    33    13             
1987    237   116    86    32     3             
1986    304   134   103    51    13     2     1 
1985    328   162    91    51    20     4       
1984    140    78    38    19     4     1       
1983    155    93    43    16     3             
1982    149    65    48    28     8             
1981     58    34    17     6     1             
1980     39    27    10     2                   
       Sum <16:20<16:00<15:40<15:20<15:00<14:40
1979     21    12     7     2                   
1978     10     6     3     1                   
1977     16    10     5     1                   
1976      4     4                               
1975      0     
1974      0     
1973      0     
1972      0     
1971      0     
1970      0     
1969      3     2     1

Last Updated on 31 Aug 2013

Note: Pre-1950 men's list leaders are based largely on "A World History of Long Distance Running" by Roberto L Quercetani, available from the IAAF or from Track and Field News.

Contributor: Michael Rabinovich