Paul Chelimo wins Men’s 5000 Meters, makes it to Olympics

Paul Chelimo, 30, aced the men’s 5,000-meter final, winning it in 13:26.82 on June 27 at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.​

Grant Fisher, 24, stood second in 13:27.01, and Woody Kincaid, 28, finished third in 13:27.13. All three made it to the Olympics team.​

Speaking about this race, Chelimo spoke a few inspiring words in a press conference, “I got clipped a lot of times, I’ll say over six times … and that’s not a good sign. Chances are high that you might get tripped. It’s a lot of things going on but at the end of the day, I believe in one thing: Go hard or suffer for the rest of your life.”​

Since Fisher and Kincaid also made the 10,000-meter team, they may also double at the Olympics. If either decides to give up his 10K spot, then Ben True, who placed fourth in the Trials 10,000, will replace them in that event for Tokyo. If either gives up his 5K spot, then Teare will race that event in Tokyo. ​