Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel entered the BAA 5K as the overwhelming favorite Sunday. Not only does his résumé include a 5,000-meter silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics and a 2011 World Championship bronze medal over the same distance, but Gebremeskel also owns the fifth-fastest 5,000 meter time in history (12:46.81). So, relying on his superior speed, Gebremeskel easily accelerated with 300 meters remaining and captured first place in 13 minutes 37 seconds.
“This is my first 5K in Boston, so I wanted to win the race,” said Gebremeskel, who will contest the BAA Distance Medley with a 10K set for June 23 and a half marathon Oct. 13. “It was a little bit cold and that’s why I was not running fast. But near the finish, I gave it a big push. I’m a good sprinter from the track. In the last 200 to 300 meters, I changed my speed and my stride to the finish.”