Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel looks to win 5th straight title at 30th edition of ‘World’s Fastest 5K’; Bernard Lagat, Diego Estrada lead U.S. runners at one of road racing’s iconic events - CARLSBAD, Calif. – Recognized as the ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ with a storied history of 16 world records, no athlete in Carlsbad 5000 history has been more successful than Dejen Gebremeskel.
Gebremeskel, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, has won the last four runnings of the race, following a second-place finish in 2010. On Sunday, he will try and make it an unprecedented five in a row.
It will not be easy. Lined up next to him will be 40-year-old Bernard Lagat, one of the most decorated distance runners of all time. Last year, Lagat finished second, only five seconds Gebremeskel and thought he had broken the American record by three seconds with a time of 13:21. However, on a remeasurement of the course, it was found to be 13.5 feet short, so the record was not acceptable.