Kiwi runner makes cut for world champs final
New Zealand's Zane Robertson has grabbed the final qualifying berth for Saturday's 5000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
The 23-year-old from Hamilton, who trains in Ethiopa, finished ninth in the first heat at Luzhniki Stadium.
Robertson's time was 13min 27.89sec - around 14 seconds outside his personal best.
The first five runners home in each of the two heats qualified for the final - to be held on Saturday morning (NZT) - along with the next five fastest qualifiers.
Robertson just made the cut, finishing 15th overall but the news was not so bright for his twin brother Jake, who was 28th overall after completing heat two in 14 minutes 09.50 seconds - about 55 seconds slower than his personal best set in Belgium last month.
Jake Robertson, who lives and trains in Kenya, was the last finisher in his heat.
Ethiopa's Muktar Edris was the fastest overall in 13min 20.82sec, followed by two Kenyans Edwin Cheruiyot Soi and Isiah Kiplangat Kdech, who were the first three home in heat two.
Another Ethiopian, Hagos Gebrhiwet, won the first heat in 13min 23.22sec, the fourth fastest time overall.
Great Britain's Olympic 5000m and 10,00m champion Mo Farah was eighth overall after running 13min 23.93sec in the second heat.
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