Jake Robertson was well placed throughout most of the 10,000m, holding fourth place. Approaching the bell lap he shot to the lead but as the last lap unfolded he was checked a couple of times and was not up the front when the pace really went on.
He finished seventh in 28:03.70.
Robertson said that he was pretty upset with where he finished.
“There was a lot of talking going on amongst the Kenyans, every time we made a move they would let their man know that I was coming and they would move out on us, so we couldn’t really make a move easily and eventually stop us having an effect on the race they had it all their own way and I think that led to my failure in getting a medal,” said a disappointed Robertson.
“Also the lapped runners caused a problem in the 5km and the 10km, you’ve got to be looking out for them because people were using them like a tactic to stop you moving and that completely stops you rhythm and you have to stop and start again and that affected me,” he added.
His time was his second best behind his 27:45.46 in California last year.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent