After making a bold front-running bid for victory, Evan placed third in the 5,000 at Zurich's Weltklasse meet on September 1. He finished in 13:16.86, behind Olympic bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia and Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo of the United States.
Evan was the only one to go with the two pacemakers, Hillary Maiyo and Cornelius Kangogo of Kenya. They passed through the first kilometer in 2:34.44, the pace assigned to the rabbits before the race. Nonetheless, after 1,600 meters Evan and the pacemakers had almost 100 meters on the chase pack.
"I was ready for a really fast, really hard race," Evan told Race Results Weekly. "We thought the race was going to go fast, thought everyone wanted to run fast. I just tried to get off the line pretty hard and set myself in... But no one went out, it was the weirdest thing."
Evan took possession of the lead in the fourth kilometer, but was unable to keep building his lead on his own. The hard-charging Gebrhiwet passed Evan entering the final straight.
"I just came up 100 meters short, which is brutal, but I'm happy with how I raced for sure," Evan said.
Evan will conclude his outdoor season with one last steeplechase in Brussels, on Friday, September 9.