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5,000 metres, Men

Date28 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants36 from 23 countries

The defending champion was Lasse Virén but he had not done much since München, other than breaking the world record the week after the 1972 Olympics at an International in Helsinki. He placed third at the 1974 Europeans, behind Britain’s Brendan Foster. Virén was known, however, as a master at peaking. Some thought he was too much of a master at that, and rumors abounded that he one of the first to use blood doping to increase his endurance for the Olympics. This was never proven. In Montréal he had already defended his 10K gold medal. In the 5K final, Foster led for the first 2,000 metres when Virén went to the front. A pack of seven runners was together at the bell, with New Zealanders Rod Dixon and Dick Quax known for their finishing speed. But Virén held them off, winning the gold over Quax in second. Virén became the only man to win the 5K/10K double twice at the Olympics. Both bronze medal winner Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand and 6th place finisher Willy Polleunis had difficult passages to the final. Both men were initially disqualified for impeding home favourite Grant McLaren in their heat but were reinstated after appeal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1301Lasse VirénFIN13:33.39 (4 h1)13:24.76 (1)Gold
2691Dick QuaxNZL13:30.85 (1 h1)13:25.16 (2)Silver
3420Klaus-Peter HildenbrandFRG13:45.85 (3 h2)13:25.38 (3)Bronze
4689Rod DixonNZL13:20.48 (2 h3)13:25.50 (4)
5364Brendan FosterGBR13:20.34 (1 h3)13:26.19 (5)
696Willy PolleunisBEL13:45.24 (1 h2)13:26.99 (6)
7380Ian StewartGBR13:45.94 (4 h2)13:27.65 (7)
8751Aniceto SimõesPOR13:21.93 (6 h3)13:29.38 (8)
9683Knut KvalheimNOR13:20.60 (3 h3)13:30.33 (9)
10443Detlef UhlemannFRG13:21.08 (5 h3)13:31.07 (10)
11901Enn SellikURS13:20.81 (4 h3)13:36.72 (11)
12927Paul GeisUSA13:32.36 (2 h1)13:42.51 (12)
13292Pekka PäivärintaFIN13:45.77 (2 h2)13:46.61 (13)
AC r2/2888Boris KuznetsovURS13:32.78 (3 h1)– (DNF)
5 h1 r1/2312Jean ConrathFRA13:34.39 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2646Rodolfo GómezMEX13:46.23 (5 h2)
6 h1 r1/2648Luis HernándezMEX13:36.42 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2163Grant McLarenCAN13:46.40 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/2778Ilie FloroiuROU13:37.09 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2940Duncan MacDonaldUSA13:47.14 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2291Lasse OrimusFIN13:23.43 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/2579Toshiaki KamataJPN13:38.22 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2200Domingo TibaduizaCOL13:49.49 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2101Marc SmetBEL13:23.76 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2355Dave BlackGBR13:39.37 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2560Venanzio OrtisITA13:52.40 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2914Dick BuerkleUSA13:29.01 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2188Edmundo WarnkeCHI13:39.69 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2523Hossein RabbiIRI14:47.12 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2309Jacky BoxbergerFRA13:36.94 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/2516Eddie LeddyIRL13:40.54 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2676John KokinaiPNG14:58.33 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2805Markus RyffelSUI13:46.07 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/2245Fernando CerradaESP13:43.89 (12 h1)
13 h1 r1/2484Dieudonné LamotheHAI18:50.07 (13 h1)
AC h1 r1/297Miel PuttemansBEL– (DNF h1)
DNS640Mohamed Ben BarakaMAR– (DNS h3)
DNS22Saad Al-BishiKSA– (DNS h3)
DNS55Dave FitzsimonsAUS– (DNS h2)
DNS114José João da SilvaBRA– (DNS h3)
DNS677Knut BørøNOR– (DNS h2)
DNS752Carlos LopesPOR– (DNS h2)

Round One (28 July 1976 — 15:40)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1691Dick QuaxNZL13:30.85Q
2927Paul GeisUSA13:32.36Q
3888Boris KuznetsovURS13:32.78Q
4301Lasse VirénFIN13:33.39Q
5312Jean ConrathFRA13:34.39
6648Luis HernándezMEX13:36.42
7778Ilie FloroiuROU13:37.09
8579Toshiaki KamataJPN13:38.22
9355Dave BlackGBR13:39.37
10188Edmundo WarnkeCHI13:39.69
11516Eddie LeddyIRL13:40.54
12245Fernando CerradaESP13:43.89
13484Dieudonné LamotheHAI18:50.07
DNF97Miel PuttemansBEL

Splits

1000 m2:46.04
2000 m5:26.09
3000 m8:11.18
4000 m10:58.00

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
196Willy PolleunisBEL13:45.24Q1
2292Pekka PäivärintaFIN13:45.77Q
3420Klaus-Peter HildenbrandFRG13:45.85Q2
4380Ian StewartGBR13:45.94Q
5646Rodolfo GómezMEX13:46.23
6163Grant McLarenCAN13:46.40
7940Duncan MacDonaldUSA13:47.14
8200Domingo TibaduizaCOL13:49.49
9560Venanzio OrtisITA13:52.40
10523Hossein RabbiIRI14:47.12
11676John KokinaiPNG14:58.33
DNS55Dave FitzsimonsAUS
DNS677Knut BørøNOR
DNS752Carlos LopesPOR

Splits

1000 m2:45.97
2000 m5:38.88
3000 m8:31.02
4000 m11:13.31

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1364Brendan FosterGBR13:20.34QOR
2689Rod DixonNZL13:20.48Q
3683Knut KvalheimNOR13:20.60Q
4901Enn SellikURS13:20.81Q
5443Detlef UhlemannFRG13:21.08q
6751Aniceto SimõesPOR13:21.93q
7291Lasse OrimusFIN13:23.43
8101Marc SmetBEL13:23.76
9914Dick BuerkleUSA13:29.01
10309Jacky BoxbergerFRA13:36.94
11805Markus RyffelSUI13:46.07
DNS640Mohamed Ben BarakaMAR
DNS22Saad Al-BishiKSA
DNS114José João da SilvaBRA

Splits

1000 m2:38.62
2000 m5:18.76
3000 m8:03.14
4000 m10:46.88

Final (30 July 1976 — 17:50)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1301Lasse VirénFIN13:24.76
2691Dick QuaxNZL13:25.16
3420Klaus-Peter HildenbrandFRG13:25.38
4689Rod DixonNZL13:25.50
5364Brendan FosterGBR13:26.19
696Willy PolleunisBEL13:26.99
7380Ian StewartGBR13:27.65
8751Aniceto SimõesPOR13:29.38
9683Knut KvalheimNOR13:30.33
10443Detlef UhlemannFRG13:31.07
11901Enn SellikURS13:36.72
12927Paul GeisUSA13:42.51
13292Pekka PäivärintaFIN13:46.61
DNF888Boris KuznetsovURS

Splits

1000 m2:41.25Brendan Foster
2000 m5:26.39
3000 m8:16.23
4000 m10:55.41Lasse Virén