2000; world juniors 5000m 10th place (bekele finishes 2nd).
athens olympics cycle;
2001; last year of high school, runs 3.46, 8.09 and 13.56.
2002; goes to st. marys college, struggles to adjust to university lifestyle, messes about and doesnt do much training but still runs 1.50, 3.47 and 14.00.
2003; 2nd yr at st. mary's college, improves personal bests to 1.48, 3.43, 8.05, 13.38. still not a lot of training, 60 miles average. 2nd at the european u23's behind chris thompson.
2004; injured. 3.43 1500m split in a 4.00 mile.
thus...progression over 4 years, 2001-2004 = 2 seconds in the 800m, 3 seconds in the 1500m, 4 seconds in the 3000m and 18 seconds in the 5000m.
beijing olympics cycle;
2005; considerably picks up training following injury. alan storey begins coaching him. runs 3.38, 3.56 for the mile, 7.54, 13.30. 2nd at the european u23 championships.
2006; goes out to australia and trains with mottram. also goes to kenya for the first time. 3.38, 7.38 and 13.09. massive improvements following massive increase in training and adjustment to storey's training programme (upwards of 130 miles a week). 9th commonwealth games 5000m and 2nd european champs 5000m
2007; first ever world championships..finishes 6th. 13.07 5000m but doesnt improve any other personal bests.
2008; beijing olympics....out in the heats. doesnt improve any pb's but runs 27.44 at payton jordan.
progression over 4 years; 1500m- no improvement (perhaps no focus). 3000m- 16 seconds in 2 years, then no improvement, around 7.40 for 2007 & 2008. 5000m- 22 seconds in 3 years.
2009; more time in kenya and ethiopia, ian stewart also starts coaching him to an extent. 1500m- 3.33, 3000m- 7.34, 5000m- 13.09. 7th at world champs
2010; 12.57 and 27.28. wins 5k and 10k at european championships.
2011; salazar begins coaching him...the scientific approach + the massive builup of mileage since having not been injured since 2004 pays dividence....world champion 5000m. 12.53 & 26.48.
2012; olympic champion 5k & 10k.