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10,000 metres, Men

Date31 August – 3 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants52 from 34 countries

For the first time since 1920, a qualifying round was contested. The favorites in the final were Lasse Virén (FIN), Dave Bedford (GBR), and Belgium’s Miel Puttemans. Bedford was known for his fast pace-setting though he had little sprint speed. He took the pace out in the final at a world record pace for 4K, and still led at 5K, though the pace was slowing slightly. On the 12th lap, Virén and Mohamad Gammoudi (TUN), the 1964 silver medalist and 1968 bronze medalist, became entangled and fell to the track though they both recovered quickly. At 6K, Virén, having caught the leaders, took over the pace. He began to apply pressure on the penultimate lap, dropping all but Puttemans. Virén ran his last lap in 56.4 to distance Puttemans and win by seven metres in a world record 27:38.35, surely the only track world record set by somebody who fell during the race.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1228Lasse VirénFIN28:04.41 (4 h2)27:38.35 (1)GoldWR
261Miel PuttemansBEL27:53.28 (1 h1)27:39.58 (2)Silver
3197Miruts YifterETH28:18.11 (1 h3)27:40.96 (3)Bronze
4169Mariano HaroESP27:55.89 (2 h2)27:48.14 (4)
51014Frank ShorterUSA27:58.23 (3 h2)27:51.32 (5)
6274Dave BedfordGBR27:53.64 (2 h1)28:05.44 (6)
71052Dane KoricaYUG28:22.24 (4 h3)28:15.18 (7)
8906Abdel Kader ZaddemTUN28:14.70 (4 h1)28:18.17 (8)
9875Josef JánskýTCH28:23.15 (5 h1)28:23.59 (9)
10641Juan MartínezMEX28:23.14 (5 h3)28:44.08 (10)
11919Pavlo AndreievURS28:20.97 (3 h3)28:46.27 (11)
12161Javier ÁlvarezESP28:08.58 (3 h1)28:56.38 (12)
13580Paul MoseKEN28:18.74 (5 h2)29:02.87 (13)
1460Willy PolleunisBEL28:19.71 (2 h3)29:10.15 (14)
AC r2/2904Mohamad GammoudiTUN27:54.69 (1 h2)– (AC)
6 h1 r1/2923Anatoly BadrankovURS28:35.84 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2955Rashid SharafetdinovURS28:24.64 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2310Lachie StewartGBR28:31.33 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2266Noël TijouFRA28:36.08 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2187Wohib MasreshaETH28:08.02 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2683Arne RisaNOR28:31.74 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/2821Werner DösseggerSUI28:36.4 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2642Pedro MirandaMEX28:35.8 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2969Jon AndersonUSA28:34.2 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2195Tadesse Wolde-MedhinETH28:45.4 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/258Karel LismontBEL28:41.8 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2753Carlos LopesPOR28:53.6 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2569Akio UsamiJPN29:24.8 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2481Neil CusackIRL28:45.8 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2828Albrecht MoserSUI29:05.8 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/2987Jeff GallowayUSA29:35.0 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2292Dave HoltGBR28:46.8 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2575Richard JumaKEN29:13.0 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/2589Naftali TemuKEN30:19.6 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2562Keisuke SawakiJPN29:29.0 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/2130Domingo TibaduizaCOL29:24.0 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/2124Esaie FongangCMR31:32.6 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/2132Rafael PérezCRC29:36.6 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/2813Shag Musa MedaniSUD29:32.8 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/2802P. C. SuppiahSGP31:59.2 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/2440Julio QuevedoGUA30:08.4 (14 h2)
14 h3 r1/2378Manfred LetzerichFRG29:37.8 (14 h3)
15 h1 r1/270Crispin QuispeBOL32:31.8 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/2160Abdel Hamid KhamisEGY30:19.2 (15 h2)
15 h3 r1/2909Hikmet ŞenTUR29:51.8 (15 h3)
16 h1 r1/2511Giuseppe CindoloITA33:03.4 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/2108Lucien RosaSRI30:20.2 (16 h2)
AC h1 r1/2198Usaia SotutuFIJ– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2384Günter MielkeFRG– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2956Richard MabuzaSWZ– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2445Anilus JosephHAI– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2699Gavin ThorleyNZL– (AC h3)
DNS807Abdi GuletSOM– (DNS h2)
DNS113Edmundo WarnkeCHI– (DNS h3)
DNS225Juha VäätäinenFIN– (DNS h3)
DNS680Per HalleNOR– (DNS h2)

Round One (31 August 1972)

Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (17:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
161Miel PuttemansBEL27:53.28QOR
2274Dave BedfordGBR27:53.64Q
3161Javier ÁlvarezESP28:08.58Q
4906Abdel Kader ZaddemTUN28:14.70Q
5875Josef JánskýTCH28:23.15q
6923Anatoly BadrankovURS28:35.84
7266Noël TijouFRA28:36.08
8821Werner DösseggerSUI28:36.4
9195Tadesse Wolde-MedhinETH28:45.4
10569Akio UsamiJPN29:24.8
11987Jeff GallowayUSA29:35.0
12589Naftali TemuKEN30:19.6
13124Esaie FongangCMR31:32.6
14802P. C. SuppiahSGP31:59.2
1570Crispin QuispeBOL32:31.8
16511Giuseppe CindoloITA33:03.4
AC384Günter MielkeFRGDNF
AC198Usaia SotutuFIJDNF

Heat Two (18:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1904Mohamad GammoudiTUN27:54.69Q
2169Mariano HaroESP27:55.89Q
31014Frank ShorterUSA27:58.23Q
4228Lasse VirénFIN28:04.41Q
5580Paul MoseKEN28:18.74q
6955Rashid SharafetdinovURS28:24.64
7187Wohib MasreshaETH28:08.02
8642Pedro MirandaMEX28:35.8
958Karel LismontBEL28:41.8
10481Neil CusackIRL28:45.8
11292Dave HoltGBR28:46.8
12562Keisuke SawakiJPN29:29.0
13132Rafael PérezCRC29:36.6
14440Julio QuevedoGUA30:08.4
15160Abdel Hamid KhamisEGY30:19.2
16108Lucien RosaSRI30:20.2
AC956Richard MabuzaSWZDNF
DNS807Abdi GuletSOM
DNS680Per HalleNOR

Heat Three (19:00)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1197Miruts YifterETH28:18.11Q
260Willy PolleunisBEL28:19.71Q
3919Pavlo AndreievURS28:20.97Q
41052Dane KoricaYUG28:22.24Q
5641Juan MartínezMEX28:23.14q
6310Lachie StewartGBR28:31.33
7683Arne RisaNOR28:31.74
8969Jon AndersonUSA28:34.2
9753Carlos LopesPOR28:53.6
10828Albrecht MoserSUI29:05.8
11575Richard JumaKEN29:13.0
12130Domingo TibaduizaCOL29:24.0
13813Shag Musa MedaniSUD29:32.8
14378Manfred LetzerichFRG29:37.8
15909Hikmet ŞenTUR29:51.8
AC445Anilus JosephHAIDNF
AC699Gavin ThorleyNZLDNF
DNS113Edmundo WarnkeCHI
DNS225Juha VäätäinenFIN

Final (3 September 1972 — 17:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1228Lasse VirénFIN27:38.35WR
261Miel PuttemansBEL27:39.58
3197Miruts YifterETH27:40.96
4169Mariano HaroESP27:48.14
51014Frank ShorterUSA27:51.32
6274Dave BedfordGBR28:05.44
71052Dane KoricaYUG28:15.18
8906Abdel Kader ZaddemTUN28:18.17
9875Josef JánskýTCH28:23.59
10641Juan MartínezMEX28:44.08
11919Pavlo AndreievURS28:46.27
12161Javier ÁlvarezESP28:56.38
13580Paul MoseKEN29:02.87
1460Willy PolleunisBEL29:10.15
AC904Mohamad GammoudiTUNDNF

Splits

1000 m2:36.8Dave Bedford
2000 m5:18.8Dave Bedford
3000 m8:06.4Dave Bedford
4000 m10:55.4Dave Bedford
5000 m13:43.9Dave Bedford
6000 m16:35.7Dave Bedford
7000 m19:27.7Lasse Virén
8000 m22:17.7Lasse Virén
9000 m25:09.2Lasse Virén