| Event type

10,000 metres, Men

Date13 August 2016 — 21:27
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants34 from 16 countries
FormatFinal only.

Britain’s Mo Farah had won the 5-10 double at the London Olympics, in front of adoring home crowds, and he hoped to repeat in Rio. He had also won the double at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships and in 2011, won the 5,000 metres at World, with a 10K silver. He came to Rio a heavy favorite in both races, and had not been beaten at a major international in five years.

The race was run as a final only, with no heats, as has become standard for the 10K. The early lead was taken by Kenyan Paul Tanui. At 4,000 metres Farah was running alongside American training partner Galen Rupp when Rupp clipped Farah’s foot and the Brit fell to the track. Farah was up quickly and Rupp slowed to pace him back to the lead pack, reminiscent of a cycling peleton move, and the 1972 Olympic final, when Lasse Virén had fallen mid-race on his way to the gold medal, and a world record.

With one kilometer left, there was a lead pack of six runners, including Farah, Tanui, and Rupp, when Farah went to the front and ran a 62.4 lap, stringing out the field, and dropping his training partner. Tanui took the lead at the bell, and led by two full metres at 200, but Farah had the speed to chase him down, running his final 100 in 13.4, and his last 800 in 1:56.6. One week later, Farah would win the 5,000 metres again, completing the double-double, previously accomplished only by Virén.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
12452Mo FarahGBR27:05.17Gold
22698Paul TanuiKEN27:05.64Silver
32400Tamirat TolaETH27:06.26Bronze
42392Yigrem DemelashETH27:06.27
53097Galen RuppUSA27:08.92
63015Joshua CheptegeiUGA27:10.06
72691Bedan Karoki MuchiriKEN27:22.93
82344Zersenay TadeseERI27:23.86
92337Nguse TesfaldetERI27:30.79
102166Abraham CherobenBRN27:31.86
112677Geoffrey KamwororKEN27:31.94
122812Zane RobertsonNZL27:33.67
132997Polat ArıkanTUR27:35.50
143082Leonard Essau KorirUSA27:35.65
152397Abadi HadisETH27:36.34
162045David McNeillAUS27:51.71
172654Suguru OsakoJPN27:51.94
182904Stephen MokokaRSA27:54.57
193081Shadrack KipchirchirUSA27:58.32
202086Bashir AbdiBEL28:01.49
212822Luis OstosPER28:02.03
223021Moses KurongUGA28:03.38
233024Timothy ToroitichUGA28:04.84
242341Goitom KifleERI28:15.99
252477Andy VernonGBR28:19.36
262169El Hassan El-AbbassiBRN28:20.17
272083Olivier IrabarutaBDI28:32.75
282051Ben St. LawrenceAUS28:46.32
292659Yuta ShitaraJPN28:55.23
302649Kota MurayamaJPN29:02.51
312465Ross MillingtonGBR29:14.95
322188Moh AhmedCAN29:32.84
DNF2165Hassan ChaniBRN
DNF3004Ali KayaTUR


1000 m2:55.20Luis Ostos
2000 m5:44.49Olivier Irabaruta
3000 m8:30.70Tamirat Tola
4000 m11:12.29Yigrem Demelash
5000 m13:53.11Tamirat Tola
6000 m16:37.20Paul Tanui
7000 m19:19.07Bedan Karoki Muchiri
8000 m22:00.83Yigrem Demelash
9000 m24:36.95Mo Farah