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5,000 metres, Men

Date31 August – 2 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio Olimpico, Roma
Participants48 from 31 countries

The 1958 European Championships had seen Poland’s Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak win the 5K/10k double. But by 1960 he had turned to the steeplechase and would win the gold medal in that event in Roma. The world record was still held by 1956 gold medalist Vladimir Kuts but in early 1960 he suffered a heart attack, the first of four he would have before dying quite young in 1975. The final was wide open with nobody considered a favorite. With three laps remaining, New Zealand’s Murray Halberg, the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, sprinted to the front and opened up a 25-metre lead in one lap. He also ran the penultimate lap quickly though somewhat slower (64.1 to 61.1), coming to the bell 20 metres ahead of Hans Grodotzki (FRG). It was then up to Halberg to hang on although the last 800 metres had exhausted his reserves. He was able to produce a 64.1 final lap, with Grodotzki closing but still eight metres back at the line. Halberg would also win the 1962 Commonwealth Games 5,000.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
184Murray HalbergNZL14:03.8 (2 h4)13:43.4 (1)Gold
2277Hans GrodotzkiGER14:01.2 (1 h1)13:44.6 (2)Silver
3523Kazimierz ZimnyPOL– (DNS h3)13:44.8 (3)Bronze
4276Friedrich JankeGER14:04.4 (1 h3)13:46.8 (4)
513Dave PowerAUS14:03.6 (1 h4)13:51.8 (5)
6698Nyandika MaiyoroKEN14:06.0 (3 h1)13:52.8 (6)
7471Michel BernardFRA14:04.6 (2 h3)14:04.2 (7)
8275Horst FlosbachGER14:08.4 (1 h2)14:06.6 (8)
9556Aleksandr ArtynyukURS14:09.4 (3 h2)14:08.0 (9)
10196Sándor IharosHUN14:08.6 (2 h2)14:11.4 (10)
1112Albie ThomasAUS14:06.2 (3 h3)14:20.4 (11)
12602Luigi ContiITA14:01.6 (2 h1)14:34.0 (12)
4 h1 r1/2558Yury ZakharovURS14:10.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/214Al LawrenceAUS14:10.0 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2410Bill DellingerUSA14:08.6 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2635Bruce TullohGBR14:17.2 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/2499Reijo HöykinpuroFIN14:21.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2472Hamoud AmeurFRA14:14.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2557Boris YefimovURS14:14.6 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/2151Miroslav JurekTCH14:31.4 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/2240Hedwig LeenaertBEL14:24.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2104Manuel OliveiraPOR14:15.6 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2500Simo SalorantaFIN14:15.2 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/2239Eugène AllonsiusBEL14:36.8 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/2634Frank SalvatGBR14:33.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2140Doug KyleCAN14:25.0 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2150Jaroslav BohatýTCH14:30.0 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/2411Bob SothUSA14:40.4 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/281Gabrou MerawiETH14:40.8 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2524Marian JochmanPOL14:30.8 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2636Gordon PirieGBR14:43.6 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/2197Miklós SzabóHUN14:51.6 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/2409Jim BeattyUSA14:43.8 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2454José MolínsESP14:31.2 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2330Khristos KhiotisGRE15:01.2 (9 h3)
9 h4 r1/2214Andrei BarabașROU15:11.2 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/2462Mick HoeyIRL15:00.0 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2184Mohamed SaïdMAR14:53.6 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/259Cyprian TseriwaZIM15:02.8 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/2662Muharrem DalkılıçTUR15:13.6 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/224Kassim MukhtarIRQ15:00.6 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2172Ranjit BhatiaIND15:06.6 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/267Somnuek SrisombatTHA15:32.6 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/257Jean AnisetLUX15:17.0 (11 h4)
12 h4 r1/2121Mubarak ShahPAK15:43.0 (12 h4)
13 h4 r1/2170George De PeanaGUY15:54.2 (13 h4)
AC h1 r1/2393José AceitunoCHI– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r1/2198Béla SzékeresHUN– (DNF h1)
DNS680O. Eno AlioSOM– (DNS h2)
DNS525Zdzisław KrzyszkowiakPOL– (DNS h4)

Round One (31 August 1960 — 17:40)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
110Hans GrodotzkiGER14:01.214:01.29Q
213Luigi ContiITA14:01.614:01.55Q
312Nyandika MaiyoroKEN14:06.014:06.29Q
47Yury ZakharovURS14:10.214:10.41
54Reijo HöykinpuroFIN14:21.814:21.92
62Hedwig LeenaertBEL14:24.614:25.81
71Frank SalvatGBR14:33.214:33.64
83Gabrou MerawiETH14:40.814:41.22
96Jim BeattyUSA14:43.814:44.40
109Mick HoeyIRL15:00.015:00.52
115Kassim MukhtarIRQ15:00.615:00.97
DNF8José AceitunoCHI
DNF11Béla SzékeresHUN

Heat Two

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
19Horst FlosbachGER14:08.414:09.25Q
21Sándor IharosHUN14:08.614:09.38Q
35Aleksandr ArtynyukURS14:09.414:09.92Q
46Al LawrenceAUS14:10.014:10.71
510Hamoud AmeurFRA14:14.014:14.17
62Manuel OliveiraPOR14:15.614:16.14
73Doug KyleCAN14:25.014:25.36
88Marian JochmanPOL14:30.814:31.29
912José MolínsESP14:31.2
1011Mohamed SaïdMAR14:53.6
117Ranjit BhatiaIND15:06.6
DNS4O. Eno AlioSOM

Heat Three

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Friedrich JankeGER14:04.414:02.58Q
21Michel BernardFRA14:04.614:04.82Q
34Albie ThomasAUS14:06.214:06.27Q
49Bill DellingerUSA14:08.614:08.72
57Boris YefimovURS14:14.614:14.68
610Simo SalorantaFIN14:15.214:15.35
711Jaroslav BohatýTCH14:30.014:30.34
88Gordon PirieGBR14:43.6
95Khristos KhiotisGRE15:01.2
1012Cyprian TseriwaZIM15:02.8
116Somnuek SrisombatTHA15:32.6
DNS2Kazimierz ZimnyPOL

Heat Four

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
110Dave PowerAUS14:03.614:03.31Q
23Murray HalbergNZL14:03.814:04.28Q
36Kazimierz ZimnyPOL14:07.414:07.75Q1
48Bruce TullohGBR14:17.214:17.30
51Miroslav JurekTCH14:31.414:31.53
62Eugène AllonsiusBEL14:36.814:37.20
74Bob SothUSA14:40.414:40.85
812Miklós SzabóHUN14:51.614:51.99
913Andrei BarabașROU15:11.2
105Muharrem DalkılıçTUR15:13.6
119Jean AnisetLUX15:17.0
1211Mubarak ShahPAK15:43.0
137George De PeanaGUY15:54.2
DNS6Zdzisław KrzyszkowiakPOL

Final (2 September 1960 — 17:10)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
184Murray HalbergNZL13:43.413:43.76
2277Hans GrodotzkiGER13:44.613:45.01
3523Kazimierz ZimnyPOL13:44.813:45.09
4276Friedrich JankeGER13:46.813:47.14
513Dave PowerAUS13:51.813:52.38
6698Nyandika MaiyoroKEN13:52.813:53.25
7471Michel BernardFRA14:04.214:04.68
8275Horst FlosbachGER14:06.614:07.03
9556Aleksandr ArtynyukURS14:08.014:08.45
10196Sándor IharosHUN14:11.414:11.91
1112Albie ThomasAUS14:20.414:20.88
12602Luigi ContiITA14:34.014:34.45

Splits

1000 m2:41.1
2000 m5:28.2
3000 m8:19.3
4000 m11:07.7