Levins, running in the faster of the two qualifying heats, finished with the 8th-fastest time on the day and will be one of 15 runners in the finals set to begin at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on Saturday. The final will mark the third race for the recently graduated Thunderbird at the 2012 Olympics after having already finished 11th in the men's 10,000-meters last Saturday.
Levins will be one of only five athletes from North America running in the 5k finals, joining the United States' Galen Rupp, Lopez Lomong and Bernard Lagat and Mexico's Juan Luis Barrios. Mo Farah, winner of the men's 10k on Saturday, will have the home crowd behind him again in the 5k final as the lone representative from Great Britain. The rest of the field will be represented by athletes from five African nations and one from Azerbaijan.