| Event type

10,000 metres, Men

Date23 – 26 July 1976
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants41 from 26 countries

With African boycott keeping out the Kenyan and Ethiopians, the way was open for defending champion Lasse Virén. He had not been prominent in the years since the his 5K/10K double at the 1972 Olympics, but early in 1976 his form seemed good. Rumors of blood doping always accompanied his ability to peak at the Olympics, but nothing was ever proven of this. In the Olympic final, Carlos Lopes (POR) took the lead at 8 laps, and only Virén and Brendan Foster could stay with him. Foster dropped off the leading pair after 8000m. Shortly before the bell lap, Virén moved ahead of Lopes and the race was over. He pulled ahead steadily during the last lap, winning by almost five seconds, and adding another victory to what would be a unique 5K/10K double/double in 1972 and 1976 - he would complete the double/double after the 5,000 in Montreal. A tiring Foster just had enough left to hold off compatriot Tony Simmons for the bronze medal. A messy start to the race saw Knut Børø of Norway retire with a leg injury and, reportedly, Marc Smet finish the race with a fractured arm.

1301Lasse VirénFIN28:14.95 (3 h3)27:40.38 (1)Gold
2752Carlos LopesPOR28:04.53 (1 h1)27:45.17 (2)Silver
3364Brendan FosterGBR28:22.19 (2 h2)27:54.92 (3)Bronze
4378Tony SimmonsGBR28:01.82 (1 h3)27:56.26 (4)
5778Ilie FloroiuROU28:23.40 (4 h2)27:59.93 (5)
6249Mariano HaroESP28:11.66 (3 h1)28:00.28 (6)
7101Marc SmetBEL28:22.07 (1 h2)28:02.80 (7)
8363Bernie FordGBR28:17.26 (6 h1)28:17.78 (8)
9319Jean-Paul GomezFRA28:10.52 (2 h1)28:24.07 (9)
10486Jos HermensNED28:16.07 (4 h1)28:25.04 (10)
1191Karel LismontBEL28:17.45 (7 h1)28:26.48 (11)
1262Chris WardlawAUS28:17.52 (5 h3)28:29.91 (12)
13911Garry BjorklundUSA28:12.24 (2 h3)28:38.08 (13)
1455Dave FitzsimonsAUS28:16.43 (5 h1)29:17.74 (14)
AC r2/297Miel PuttemansBEL28:15.52 (4 h3)– (DNF)
AC r2/2677Knut BørøNOR28:23.07 (3 h2)– (DNF)
5 h2 r1/2548Franco FavaITA28:24.80 (5 h2)
6 h2 r1/2965Craig VirginUSA28:30.22 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2443Detlef UhlemannFRG28:29.28 (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/2188Edmundo WarnkeCHI28:43.63 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2579Toshiaki KamataJPN28:36.21 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/2300Martti VainioFIN28:26.60 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2509Hari ChandIND28:48.72 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2648Luis HernándezMEX28:44.17 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2980Dušan JanićijevićYUG28:48.87 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2516Eddie LeddyIRL28:55.49 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2691Dick QuaxNZL28:56.92 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2942Ed MendozaUSA29:02.97 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2200Domingo TibaduizaCOL29:28.17 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2172Dan ShaughnessyCAN29:26.96 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/2198Víctor MoraCOL30:26.57 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2646Rodolfo GómezMEX30:05.19 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2335Lucien RaultFRA29:40.76 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/2162Chris McCubbinsCAN33:33.35 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2326Pierre LévisseFRA30:07.84 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/2254José Luis RuizESP31:03.43 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/2479Olmeus CharlesHAI42:00.11 (13 h1)
13 h3 r1/2523Hossein RabbiIRI31:44.27 (13 h3)
14 h3 r1/2674Tau John TokwepotaPNG32:26.96 (14 h3)
AC h2 r1/2292Pekka PäivärintaFIN– (DNF h2)
AC h2 r1/231Raja Faradj Al-ShalawiKSA– (DNF h2)
DNS852Adel BouguerraTUN– (DNS h1)
DNS465Michail KoussisGRE– (DNS h1)
DNS853Mohamad GammoudiTUN– (DNS h3)
DNS855Abdel Kader ZaddemTUN– (DNS h2)

Round One (23 July 1976)

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

Heat One (17:40)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1752Carlos LopesPOR28:04.53Q
2319Jean-Paul GomezFRA28:10.52Q
3249Mariano HaroESP28:11.66Q
4486Jos HermensNED28:16.07Q
555Dave FitzsimonsAUS28:16.43q
6363Bernie FordGBR28:17.26q
791Karel LismontBEL28:17.45q1
8300Martti VainioFIN28:26.60
9980Dušan JanićijevićYUG28:48.87
10942Ed MendozaUSA29:02.97
11198Víctor MoraCOL30:26.57
12162Chris McCubbinsCAN33:33.35
13479Olmeus CharlesHAI42:00.11
DNS852Adel BouguerraTUN
DNS465Michail KoussisGRE

Heat Two (18:35)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1101Marc SmetBEL28:22.07Q
2364Brendan FosterGBR28:22.19Q
3677Knut BørøNOR28:23.07Q
4778Ilie FloroiuROU28:23.40Q
5548Franco FavaITA28:24.80
6965Craig VirginUSA28:30.22
7188Edmundo WarnkeCHI28:43.63
8509Hari ChandIND28:48.72
9516Eddie LeddyIRL28:55.49
10200Domingo TibaduizaCOL29:28.17
11646Rodolfo GómezMEX30:05.19
12326Pierre LévisseFRA30:07.84
DNF292Pekka PäivärintaFIN
DNF31Raja Faradj Al-ShalawiKSA
DNS855Abdel Kader ZaddemTUN

Heat Three (19:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1378Tony SimmonsGBR28:01.82Q
2911Garry BjorklundUSA28:12.24Q
3301Lasse VirénFIN28:14.95Q
497Miel PuttemansBEL28:15.52Q
562Chris WardlawAUS28:17.52q2
6443Detlef UhlemannFRG28:29.28
7579Toshiaki KamataJPN28:36.21
8648Luis HernándezMEX28:44.17
9691Dick QuaxNZL28:56.92
10172Dan ShaughnessyCAN29:26.96
11335Lucien RaultFRA29:40.76
12254José Luis RuizESP31:03.43
13523Hossein RabbiIRI31:44.27
14674Tau John TokwepotaPNG32:26.96
DNS853Mohamad GammoudiTUN

Final (26 July 1976 — 17:10)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1301Lasse VirénFIN27:40.38
2752Carlos LopesPOR27:45.17
3364Brendan FosterGBR27:54.92
4378Tony SimmonsGBR27:56.26
5778Ilie FloroiuROU27:59.93
6249Mariano HaroESP28:00.28
7101Marc SmetBEL28:02.80
8363Bernie FordGBR28:17.78
9319Jean-Paul GomezFRA28:24.07
10486Jos HermensNED28:25.04
1191Karel LismontBEL28:26.48
1262Chris WardlawAUS28:29.91
13911Garry BjorklundUSA28:38.08
1455Dave FitzsimonsAUS29:17.74
DNF677Knut BørøNOR
DNF97Miel PuttemansBEL


1000 m2:52.95Tony Simmons
2000 m5:44.06Marc Smet
3000 m8:33.37Mariano Haro
4000 m11:22.82Carlos Lopes
5000 m14:08.94Carlos Lopes
6000 m16:52.29Carlos Lopes
7000 m19:36.34Carlos Lopes
8000 m22:20.19Carlos Lopes
9000 m25:02.88Carlos Lopes