Albie Thomas, the legendary Australian athlete who set two World Records in Santry in 1958, is remembered at Morton Games with the Albie Thomas Memorial 5000. That race brings many athletes to Dublin in search of the World qualifying time for Doha, with several of Europe’s best athletes in the field.
The Eurpoean list is headed by Mike Foppen (NED) who this year set a PB of 13.25.89, also in the race is the 2019 World Universities champion Jonas Raess (SUI), the 2018 German National 5000 and 10,000 champion Sebastian Hendel, the 2017 World Universities 5000 champion Francois Barrer (FRA) who has a PB of 13.27.69, Sweden’s Suldan Hassan, pb 13.31.35 and Britain’s Sam Atkin pb 13.33.70, and a sub 4 minute miler. Also confirmed are Norwegian athletes Per Svela, pb 13.35.09 and Marius Vedvik 13.29.46.
Europe’s best will battle it out against the pre-race favourite Australia’s Pat Tiernan, the 2016 Rio Olympian has the fastest PB in the field of 13.13.44 and his fellow Australian Harry Summers who this year has ran 27.56.98 for 10,000. Also confirmed is Luc Bruchet (CAN) 13.24.18 and 2019 World University’s 10,000 champion Milton Kekana (RSA).
This may well be the deepest field ever assembled for a 5000 in Ireland with some 10 athletes at 13.35 or faster and in all more than 20 are sub 14! Stadium Record Alert : 13.19.98 looks in peril.