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10,000 metres, Men

Date17 August 2008 — 22:45
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants38 from 20 countries
FormatFinal only.

Kenenisa Bekele was the heavy favorite. He was the defending champion, and had broken the world record twice, in 2004 and 2005, and still held it at a heady 26:17.53. He was also World Champion at the distance in 2003, 2005, and 2007. But he had competition in Beijing in the form of the man who had been king, Haile Gebrselassie. Geb had won the Olympic gold medal at 10K in 1996 and 2000, and was world champion four straight times from 1993-1999. He had also set three world records at the distance, the first in 1995 and the last in 1998. But by now he had moved up and was considered a greater threat in the marathon. However, in Beijing, he elected to pass on the marathon, concerned about the air condition and its possible effect on his health. In the race, Gebrselassie led thru 6,000 metres at only a moderate pace. The 2004 bronze medalist, Zersenay Tadesse (ERI), took the lead at 8K, and began to push it a bit. But a pack of 10 still remained together. Just before the bell, Bekele went to the front and effectively the race was over. He was in charge throughout the final lap, and won by almost 15 metres, with his countryman Sileshi Sihine getting silver. Gebrselassie was with the lead group on the final lap, but no longer had the speed to contend for a medal, finishing sixth.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
11662Kenenisa BekeleETH27:01.17GoldOR
21663Sileshi SihineETH27:02.77Silver
32275Micah KogoKEN27:04.11Bronze
42243Moses MasaiKEN27:04.11
53324Zersenay TadeseERI27:05.11
61664Haile GebrselassieETH27:06.68
72281Martin MathathiKEN27:08.25
82688Ahmad Hassan AbdullahQAT27:23.75
92971Fabiano NaasiTAN27:25.33
103051Boniface KipropUGA27:27.28
113047Selim BayrakTUR27:29.33
121571Kidane TadesseERI27:36.11
133227Galen RuppUSA27:36.99
142970Dickson MkamiTAN27:48.03
153280Abdi AbdirahmanUSA27:52.53
162404Abdellah FalilMAR27:53.14
171588Juan Carlos de la OssaESP27:54.20
181252Hasan MahboobBRN27:55.14
192857Dieudonné DisiRWA27:56.74
202686Essa Ismail RashedQAT27:58.67
212975Samwel ShauriTAN28:06.26
222695Felix KiboreQAT28:11.92
231615Carles CastillejoESP28:13.68
241584Ayad LamdassemESP28:13.73
253244Jorge TorresUSA28:13.93
262029Surendra SinghIND28:13.97
271084Günther WeidlingerAUT28:14.38
282199Kensuke TakezawaJPN28:23.28
292436Juan Carlos RomeroMEX28:26.57
302829Sergey IvanovRUS28:34.72
312211Takayuki MatsumiyaJPN28:39.77
321572Teklemariam MedhinERI28:54.33
331313Eric GillisCAN29:08.10
342673Rui Pedro SilvaPOR29:09.03
352435Alejandro SuárezMEX29:24.78
AC2409Mohamed El-HachimiMARDNF
AC2441José David GalvánMEXDNF
AC3321Cuthbert NyasangoZIMDNF
DNS1018Khoudir AggouneALG

Splits

1000 m2:50.15Alejandro Suárez
2000 m5:27.32Kidane Tadesse
3000 m8:09.93Kidane Tadesse
4000 m10:59.51Kidane Tadesse
5000 m13:48.00Kidane Tadesse
6000 m16:33.92Haile Gebrselassie
7000 m19:14.71Zersenay Tadese
8000 m21:53.78Zersenay Tadese
9000 m24:34.07Micah Kogo