Carroll Fails to Break 13-minute barrier


There was no joy for Mark Carroll tonight at the Grand Prix Meeting in Stockholm where he had been hoping that a quality field would help him in his bid to become the third non-African born athlete to break 13 minutes for 5,000m.  The race, won by Richard Limo of Kenya in 13:04.79 was never going to be a sub-13 minute event after a 2:40 second kilometre despite a second half recovery that left the Irish record holder dragging athletes back up into contention.  Mark eventually finished 8th in 13.09.64.  Benjamin Limo of Kenya set the early pace, assisted by Martin Keino, son of the legendary Olympic champion, Kip Keino, opening with a 62.38 sec lap and taking them to 1,000m in 2:32.83 with Mark back in 13th position. The pace was up and down and they reached 2,000m in 5:12 and 3,000m in 7:49.84 with the field now splitting.  Nine runners edged clear and now Carroll, in 10th place, was left with the task of dragging the remainder of the field back up.  With 800m to go, the pack was all  together again and ready to explode.  Richard Limo went on to win in 13:04.79, from Benjamin Limo in 13:0.11 and Brahim Lahlafi of Morocco third. (Results).  In the 1500m, James Nolan finished 13th in a time of 3:38.58.