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5,000 metres, Men

Date16 – 18 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants48 from 29 countries
Olympic Record 13:39.6 / Volodymyr Kuts URS / 28 November 1956

A few weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, America’s Bob Schul had broken the world record for 2 miles, running 8:26.4 in Los Angeles. With no heavy favorite in the 5K, he felt he had the best finishing speed and if he could stay in contact until the final lap, felt he could win the gold medal. The pace in the final was set up Australia’s Ron Clarke, but France’s Michel Jazy took the lead at the bell. Jazy would break the world mile record in 1965 and also possessed top finishing speed. With 200 metres left, Jazy had a five-metre lead and looked a sure bet. But Schul began his kick on the final curve and caught him with 50 metres left, becoming the first American to win the 5,000 metres at the Olympics – and thru 2008, the only one. Jazy had nothing left and fell out of the medals, passed in the closing metres by Harald Norpoth (FRG) and the USA’s Bill Dellinger. At the 1966 European Championships, Jazy would win the gold medal, defeating Norpoth in the stretch. The race was run in a heavy rain.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1719Bob SchulUSA14:11.4 (2 h3)13:48.8 (1)Gold
2209Harald NorpothGER14:11.6 (3 h3)13:49.6 (2)Silver
3717Bill DellingerUSA13:52.2 (2 h2)13:49.8 (3)Bronze
4124Michel JazyFRA13:55.4 (1 h1)13:49.8 (4)
5388Kip KeinoKEN13:49.6 (2 h4)13:50.4 (5)
6468Bill BaillieNZL13:55.4 (2 h1)13:51.0 (6)
7651Nikolay DutovURS13:50.6 (3 h4)13:53.8 (7)
8456Thor HellandNOR13:52.4 (3 h2)13:57.0 (8)
912Ron ClarkeAUS13:48.4 (1 h4)13:58.0 (9)
10652Stepan BaidiukURS14:00.2 (3 h1)14:11.2 (10)
11164Mike WiggsGBR13:51.0 (1 h2)14:20.8 (11)
1 h3 r1/2615Mohamad GammoudiTUN14:10.2 (1 h3)– (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2533Andrei BarabașROU14:00.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2500Lech BoguszewiczPOL13:52.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2469Murray HalbergNZL14:12.0 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2558Paco AritmendiESP14:05.0 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/213Tony CookAUS14:02.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2650Kęstutis OrentasURS13:54.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/285Josef TomášTCH14:12.6 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/2564Sven-Olov LarssonSWE14:10.2 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/2163John HerringGBR14:07.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/238Eugène AllonsiusBEL13:55.0 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2565Bengt NåjdeSWE14:13.4 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/2792Satsuo IwashitaJPN14:18.4 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/2622Muharrem DalkılıçTUR14:12.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2128Jean VaillantFRA14:05.8 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2782Franc ČervanYUG14:16.6 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/2162Derek GrahamGBR14:21.6 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/2210Lutz PhilippGER14:15.2 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2208Manfred LetzerichGER14:06.2 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2103Simo SalorantaFIN14:24.6 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/2718Oscar MooreUSA14:24.0 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/260Bruce KiddCAN14:21.8 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2325Tom O'RiordanIRL14:08.8 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2291Lajos MecserHUN14:35.4 (9 h3)
9 h4 r1/2781Simo VažićYUG14:33.8 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/2292János PintérHUN14:41.0 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/293Aske DamDEN14:20.4 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2127Jean FayolleFRA14:44.6 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/239Henri ClerckxBEL14:40.0 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/2413Jean RandrianjatavoMAD15:50.4 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/211Albie ThomasAUS14:27.8 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2600Somsak KeaokantaTHA16:08.8 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/2470Neville ScottNZL15:01.0 (11 h4)
12 h2 r1/2557Fernando AguilarESP14:29.2 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/267Ranatunge KarunanandaSRI16:22.2 (12 h3)
13 h2 r1/279Álvaro MejíaCOL14:41.4 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/2780Nguyễn Văn LýVNM17:28.0 (13 h3)
DNS40Gaston RoelantsBEL– (DNS h1)
DNS98Mamo WoldeETH– (DNS h4)
DNS330Ibrahim Yazdan PanahIRI– (DNS h2)
DNS434Ben Assou El-GhaziMAR– (DNS h4)
DNS521Manuel OliveiraPOR– (DNS h4)
DNS594Pascal MfyomiTAN– (DNS h1)

Round One (16 October 1964 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)
11Michel JazyFRA13:55.4Q
212Bill BaillieNZL13:55.4Q
313Stepan BaidiukURS14:00.2Q
42Andrei BarabașROU14:00.2
56Tony CookAUS14:02.4
61John HerringGBR14:07.2
78Muharrem DalkılıçTUR14:12.0
811Lutz PhilippGER14:15.2
94Bruce KiddCAN14:21.8
1010János PintérHUN14:41.0
117Jean RandrianjatavoMAD15:50.4
DNS40Gaston RoelantsBEL
DNS594Pascal MfyomiTAN

Heat Two

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)
18Mike WiggsGBR13:51.0Q
212Bill DellingerUSA13:52.2Q
31Thor HellandNOR13:52.4Q
46Lech BoguszewiczPOL13:52.8
59Kęstutis OrentasURS13:54.0
614Eugène AllonsiusBEL13:55.0
73Jean VaillantFRA14:05.8
85Manfred LetzerichGER14:06.2
910Tom O'RiordanIRL14:08.8
1011Aske DamDEN14:20.4
117Albie ThomasAUS14:27.8
122Fernando AguilarESP14:29.2
134Álvaro MejíaCOL14:41.4
DNS330Ibrahim Yazdan PanahIRI

Heat Three

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)
17Mohamad GammoudiTUN14:10.2Q
28Bob SchulUSA14:11.4Q
311Harald NorpothGER14:11.6Q
45Murray HalbergNZL14:12.0
59Josef TomášTCH14:12.6
61Bengt NåjdeSWE14:13.4
710Franc ČervanYUG14:16.6
82Simo SalorantaFIN14:24.6
912Lajos MecserHUN14:35.4
104Jean FayolleFRA14:44.6
116Somsak KeaokantaTHA16:08.8
123Ranatunge KarunanandaSRI16:22.2
1312Nguyễn Văn LýVNM17:28.0

Heat Four

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)
13Ron ClarkeAUS13:48.4Q
27Kip KeinoKEN13:49.6Q
38Nikolay DutovURS13:50.6Q
410Paco AritmendiESP14:05.0
511Sven-Olov LarssonSWE14:10.2
69Satsuo IwashitaJPN14:18.4
76Derek GrahamGBR14:21.6
85Oscar MooreUSA14:24.0
912Simo VažićYUG14:33.8
1014Henri ClerckxBEL14:40.0
1113Neville ScottNZL15:01.0
DNS98Mamo WoldeETH
DNS434Ben Assou El-GhaziMAR
DNS521Manuel OliveiraPOR

Final (18 October 1964 — 16:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)
12Bob SchulUSA13:48.8
21Harald NorpothGER13:49.6
36Bill DellingerUSA13:49.8
45Michel JazyFRA13:49.8
510Kip KeinoKEN13:50.4
69Bill BaillieNZL13:51.0
711Nikolay DutovURS13:53.8
88Thor HellandNOR13:57.0
93Ron ClarkeAUS13:58.0
1012Stepan BaidiukURS14:11.2
114Mike WiggsGBR14:20.8
DNS7Mohamad GammoudiTUN

Splits

1000 m2:50.2Thor Helland
2000 m5:39.4Thor Helland
3000 m8:22.2Thor Helland
4000 m11:15.6Michel Jazy