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5,000 metres, Men

Date15 – 17 October 1968
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants39 from 25 countries

The altitude of Ciudad de México affected all the distance running events in 1968. And in this event the three medalists all came from Africa, having grown up at altitude, and six of the top eight finishers had grown up at altitude. The favorite was Kip Keino, the 1966 Commonwealth Games champion, but he was expected to be challenged by Australia’s Ron Clarke, a great racer against the clock, who had set four world records at the distance from 1965-66, but one who had difficulty winning in major meets. Keino took the lead early and held it throughout most of the race, with Clarke taking over shortly before 4K. But Tunisia’s Mohammed Gamnoudi took the lead with two laps remaining and held off challenges from Keino and Naftali Temu, Kenyan winner of the 1968 10K. Clarke did not finish well and was never a factor for a medal.

1781Mohamad GammoudiTUN14:29.0 (2 h1)14:05.0 (1)Gold
2565Kip KeinoKEN14:28.4 (1 h1)14:05.2 (2)Silver
3575Naftali TemuKEN14:20.4 (1 h2)14:06.4 (3)Bronze
4615Juan MartínezMEX14:20.0 (2 h3)14:10.8 (4)
5102Ron ClarkeAUS14:20.8 (2 h2)14:12.4 (5)
6327Wohib MasreshaETH14:27.0 (3 h2)14:17.6 (6)
7833Nikolay SviridovURS14:38.8 (5 h2)14:18.4 (7)
8323Fikru DeguefuETH14:21.6 (5 h3)14:19.0 (8)
9373Jean WadouxFRA14:19.8 (1 h3)14:20.8 (9)
10650Rex MaddafordNZL14:20.8 (4 h3)14:39.8 (10)
11169Bob FinlayCAN14:31.8 (4 h1)14:45.0 (11)
12140Miel PuttemansBEL14:34.6 (5 h1)14:59.6 (12)
AC r2/236Harald NorpothFRG14:20.6 (3 h3)– (DNF)
3 h1 r1/2329Mamo WoldeETH14:29.8 (3 h1)– (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2253Jack BachelerUSA14:31.0 (4 h2)– (DNS)
6 h1 r1/262Bernd DießnerGDR14:41.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2782Ahmed ZammelTUN14:54.0 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2268Bob DayUSA14:23.2 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2825Rashid SharafetdinovURS14:44.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2388Alan BlinstonGBR15:06.2 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2817Leonid MikitenkoURS14:44.0 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/2428Dick TaylorGBR14:46.6 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2753Werner SchneiterSUI15:08.2 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2421Allan RushmerGBR15:05.2 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2554Keisuke SawakiJPN15:00.8 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2788Mustafa MusaUGA15:10.2 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2448Julio QuevedoGUA15:23.0 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2464György KissHUN15:13.0 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2683Edward StawiarzPOL15:13.8 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/2301Lou ScottUSA15:13.6 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/212Werner GirkeFRG15:20.8 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/2158Esau AdenjiCMR15:46.2 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2197Rafael PérezCRC15:41.4 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/21Gabriel M'BoaCAF17:33.0 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/2333Benjamin Silva-NettoPHI17:10.2 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/2864Juan ValladaresHON18:21.6 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/2863Clovis MoralesHON18:40.2 (14 h2)
AC h3 r1/2168Dave EllisCAN– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/2664Roland BrehmerPOL– (DNF h3)
DNS601Larbi OukadaMAR– (DNS h3)
DNS152Mihail ZhelevBUL– (DNS h3)
DNS183Álvaro MejíaCOL– (DNS h2)
DNS236Efraín CorderoESA– (DNS h1)
DNS380Robert HackmanGHA– (DNS h3)
DNS467Lajos MecserHUN– (DNS h3)
DNS647Arne RisaNOR– (DNS h1)
DNS687Manuel OliveiraPOR– (DNS h2)
DNS480Kirpal SinghIND

Round One

Date15 October 1968 — 16:10
FormatTop five in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1565Kip KeinoKEN14:28.414:28.40Q
2781Mohamad GammoudiTUN14:29.014:29.06Q
3329Mamo WoldeETH14:29.814:29.85Q
4169Bob FinlayCAN14:31.814:31.81Q
5140Miel PuttemansBEL14:34.614:34.58Q
662Bernd DießnerGDR14:41.014:41.03
7825Rashid SharafetdinovURS14:44.014:44.41
8428Dick TaylorGBR14:46.614:46.52
9554Keisuke SawakiJPN15:00.815:00.86
10464György KissHUN15:13.015:13.07
11301Lou ScottUSA15:13.615:13.69
12158Esau AdenjiCMR15:46.215:46.21
131Gabriel M'BoaCAF17:33.017:32.95
14864Juan ValladaresHON18:21.618:21.52
DNS236Efraín CorderoESA
DNS647Arne RisaNOR

Split Times

1000 mKeisuke Sawaki 2:56.8
2000 mMohamad Gammoudi 5:59.1
3000 mMohamad Gammoudi 8:58.8
4000 mMamo Wolde 11:50.2

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1575Naftali TemuKEN14:20.414:20.38Q
2102Ron ClarkeAUS14:20.814:20.78Q
3327Wohib MasreshaETH14:27.014:26.99Q
4253Jack BachelerUSA14:31.014:31.00Q
5833Nikolay SviridovURS14:38.814:38.70Q
6782Ahmed ZammelTUN14:54.014:54.02
7388Alan BlinstonGBR15:06.215:06.28
8753Werner SchneiterSUI15:08.215:08.24
9788Mustafa MusaUGA15:10.215:10.24
10683Edward StawiarzPOL15:13.815:13.87
1112Werner GirkeFRG15:20.815:20.85
12197Rafael PérezCRC15:41.415:41.37
13333Benjamin Silva-NettoPHI17:10.217:10.15
14863Clovis MoralesHON18:40.218:40.13
DNS183Álvaro MejíaCOL
DNS687Manuel OliveiraPOR

Split Times

1000 mNikolay Sviridov 2:51.8
2000 mNikolay Sviridov 5:46.0
3000 mNikolay Sviridov 8:42.8
4000 mRon Clarke 11:35.4

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1373Jean WadouxFRA14:19.814:19.80Q
2615Juan MartínezMEX14:20.014:20.06Q
336Harald NorpothFRG14:20.614:20.59Q
4650Rex MaddafordNZL14:20.814:20.82Q
5323Fikru DeguefuETH14:21.614:21.66Q
6268Bob DayUSA14:23.214:23.23
7817Leonid MikitenkoURS14:44.014:44.35
8421Allan RushmerGBR15:05.215:05.17
9448Julio QuevedoGUA15:23.015:23.03
DNF168Dave EllisCAN1
DNF664Roland BrehmerPOL
DNS601Larbi OukadaMAR
DNS152Mihail ZhelevBUL
DNS380Robert HackmanGHA
DNS467Lajos MecserHUN

Split Times

1000 mLeonid Mikitenko 2:48.6
2000 mLeonid Mikitenko 5:42.8
3000 mJuan Martínez 8:42.4
4000 mFikru Deguefu 11:39.8


Date17 October 1968 — 17:20
PosCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1Mohamad GammoudiTUN14:05.014:05.01
2Kip KeinoKEN14:05.214:05.16
3Naftali TemuKEN14:06.414:06.41
4Juan MartínezMEX14:10.814:10.76
5Ron ClarkeAUS14:12.414:12.45
6Wohib MasreshaETH14:17.614:17.70
7Nikolay SviridovURS14:18.414:18.40
8Fikru DeguefuETH14:19.014:18.98
9Jean WadouxFRA14:20.814:20.73
10Rex MaddafordNZL14:39.814:39.72
11Bob FinlayCAN14:45.014:44.92
12Miel PuttemansBEL14:59.614:59.56
DNFHarald NorpothFRG
DNSMamo WoldeETH
DNSJack BachelerUSA

Split Times

1000 mRon Clarke 2:53.5
2000 mKip Keino 5:44.0
3000 mNikolay Sviridov 8:38.8
4000 mRon Clarke 11:30.8