Kenya’s Glibert Kipchoge took the lead early on the opening leg, with Bernard Lagat (USA Red) and Ryan Gregson (Australia) right behind. Lagat moved into the lead just past 800, with Mohammed Moustaoui (Morocco) pulling even to hand off nearly even (Lagat was technically first, with a 2:48.30 split.) David Torrence of USA Blue and Australia’s Ryan Gregson were right behind, while the other teams had lost contact.
Sean Wroe (45.95) moved well on the 400 leg to put Australia into second, right behind the U.S., with Morocco a close third.
USA indoor 800 champ Duane Solomon and Lachlan Renshaw battled on the 800 leg, with the American making the final hand off half a step ahead, both teams 10 meters clear of Morocco.
On the anchor Australia’s Jeff Riseley followed American Russell Brown through a slow pace, which allowed Morocco’s Amine Laalou and USA Blue’s Leo Manzano to catch up, making it a four-man race at the bell. Laalou, a finalist in the 800 at the last two world championships, zipped by on the homestretch, holding off Riseley with a 3:53.09 split as Brown faded to third. Morocco clocked in at 9:17.48 to Australia’s 9:17.56.