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10,000 metres, Men

Date24 – 27 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants40 from 26 countries

The three heats were all won by Ethiopian runners, led by Miruts Yifter, who was favored after not being able to compete in 1976 because of the African boycott. The final came down to a team race between Ethiopia and Finland. Yifter led Ethiopia, while two-time defending champion Lasse Virén was back for Finland, accompanied by Kaarlo Maaninka. After a slow opening 5K, the Ethiopians increased the pace, dropping all but Virén and Maaninka. On the 22nd lap, Maaninka took a brief lead, but was passed by Yifter and Mohamed Kedir. Then Virén took the lead on the next-to-last lap, only to be passed by Kedir shortly before the bell. With 300 metres left, Yifter used his finishing speed to pull away and settle the gold medal with a 54.9 last lap. Virén had nothing left and finished fifth.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1191Miruts YifterETH28:41.7 (1 h2)27:42.7 (1)Gold
2208Kaarlo MaaninkaFIN28:31.0 (2 h1)27:44.3 (2)Silver
3178Mohamed KedirETH28:16.4 (1 h1)27:44.7 (3)Bronze
4179Tolossa KotuETH28:55.3 (1 h3)27:46.5 (4)
5223Lasse VirénFIN28:45.8 (4 h1)27:50.5 (5)
6320Jörg PeterGDR28:50.0 (2 h2)28:05.6 (6)
7330Werner SchildhauerGDR28:32.1 (3 h1)28:11.0 (7)
8732Enn SellikURS29:12.1 (4 h2)28:13.8 (8)
924Bill ScottAUS28:58.8 (3 h3)28:15.1 (9)
10567Ilie FloroiuROU29:03.1 (5 h3)28:16.3 (10)
11260Brendan FosterGBR28:55.2 (3 h2)28:22.6 (11)
12270Mike McLeodGBR28:57.3 (2 h3)28:40.8 (12)
13222Martti VainioFIN28:59.9 (4 h3)28:46.3 (13)
14362Gerard TebrokeNED29:05.8 (6 h3)28:50.1 (14)
AC r2/2160Antonio PrietoESP29:12.8 (5 h2)– (AC)
5 h1 r1/213Steve AustinAUS29:45.2 (5 h1)
6 h1 r1/242Alex HagelsteensBEL29:47.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/25Rachid HabchaouiALG29:12.9 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/2285Geoff SmithGBR30:00.1 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2487Enrique AquinoMEX29:21.3 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2665Jiří SýkoraTCH29:19.8 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/27Abdel Madjid MadaALG30:23.4 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2491José GómezMEX29:53.6 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2492Rodolfo GómezMEX29:25.7 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2633Akel HamdanSYR31:21.9 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2776Damiano MusondaZAM30:29.2 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2733Vladimir ShesterovURS29:32.4 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2480Michael ThabanaLES34:01.5 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2781Kenias TemboZIM30:53.8 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2394Hari ChandIND29:45.8 (10 h3)
11 h2 r1/2486Jules RandrianariveloMAD31:18.4 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2646Leodigard MartinTAN30:33.4 (11 h3)
12 h3 r1/270Golekane MosweuBOT30:38.8 (12 h3)
13 h3 r1/2506Nara Bahadur DahalNEP31:19.8 (13 h3)
AC h1 r1/2409John TreacyIRL– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2641Zakariah BarieTAN– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2688Aleksandras AntipovasURS– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2119Domingo TibaduizaCOL– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2618Dias AlfaceMOZ– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2618Markus RyffelSUI– (AC h3)
DNS12Bernardo ManuelANG– (DNS h1)
DNS14Gerard BarrettAUS– (DNS h2)
DNS649Suleiman NyambuiTAN– (DNS h2)

Round One (24 July 1980)

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

Heat One (17:05)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1178Mohamed KedirETH28:16.428:16.38Q
2208Kaarlo MaaninkaFIN28:31.028:30.96Q
3330Werner SchildhauerGDR28:32.128:32.08Q
4223Lasse VirénFIN28:45.828:45.72Q
513Steve AustinAUS29:45.21
642Alex HagelsteensBEL29:47.6
7285Geoff SmithGBR30:00.1
87Abdel Madjid MadaALG30:23.4
9633Akel HamdanSYR31:21.9
10480Michael ThabanaLES34:01.5
AC409John TreacyIRLDNF
AC641Zakariah BarieTANDNF
AC688Aleksandras AntipovasURSDNF
DNS12Bernardo ManuelANG

Splits

1000 m3:00.1Kaarlo Maaninka
2000 m5:51.7John Treacy
3000 m8:40.4John Treacy
4000 m11:32.0Mohamed Kedir
5000 m14:22.6Mohamed Kedir
6000 m17:12.4Mohamed Kedir
7000 m20:02.4Werner Schildhauer
8000 m22:52.9Mohamed Kedir
9000 m25:41.4Mohamed Kedir

Heat Two (17:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1191Miruts YifterETH28:41.728:41.68Q
2320Jörg PeterGDR28:50.028:49.96Q
3260Brendan FosterGBR28:55.228:55.15Q
4732Enn SellikURS29:12.1Q
5160Antonio PrietoESP29:12.8q
65Rachid HabchaouiALG29:12.9
7487Enrique AquinoMEX29:21.3
8491José GómezMEX29:53.6
9776Damiano MusondaZAM30:29.2
10781Kenias TemboZIM30:53.8
11486Jules RandrianariveloMAD31:18.4
AC119Domingo TibaduizaCOLDNF
DNS14Gerard BarrettAUS
DNS649Suleiman NyambuiTAN

Splits

1000 m2:51.1Kenias Tembo
2000 m5:40.2Miruts Yifter
3000 m8:32.6Miruts Yifter
4000 m11:26.2Miruts Yifter
5000 m14:13.4Miruts Yifter
6000 m17:07.4Brendan Foster
7000 m20:02.5Jörg Peter
8000 m22:58.1Miruts Yifter
9000 m25:59.1Jörg Peter

Heat Three (18:40)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1179Tolossa KotuETH28:55.328:55.26Q
2270Mike McLeodGBR28:57.328:57.27Q
324Bill ScottAUS28:58.828:58.70Q
4222Martti VainioFIN28:59.928:59.81Q
5567Ilie FloroiuROU29:03.1q
6362Gerard TebrokeNED29:05.8q
7665Jiří SýkoraTCH29:19.8
8492Rodolfo GómezMEX29:25.7
9733Vladimir ShesterovURS29:32.4
10394Hari ChandIND29:45.8
11646Leodigard MartinTAN30:33.4
1270Golekane MosweuBOT30:38.8
13506Nara Bahadur DahalNEP31:19.8
AC618Dias AlfaceMOZDNF
AC618Markus RyffelSUIDNF

Splits

1000 m2:48.6Gerard Tebroke
2000 m5:40.2Leodigard Martin
3000 m8:40.6Gerard Tebroke
4000 m11:31.5Martti Vainio
5000 m14:25.8Martti Vainio
6000 m17:23.5Bill Scott
7000 m20:16.6Ilie Floroiu
8000 m23:11.2Bill Scott
9000 m26:06.4Bill Scott

Final (27 July 1980 — 19:35)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1191Miruts YifterETH27:42.727:42.69
2208Kaarlo MaaninkaFIN27:44.327:44.28
3178Mohamed KedirETH27:44.727:44.64
4179Tolossa KotuETH27:46.527:46.47
5223Lasse VirénFIN27:50.527:50.46
6320Jörg PeterGDR28:05.628:05.53
7330Werner SchildhauerGDR28:11.028:10.91
8732Enn SellikURS28:13.828:13.72
924Bill ScottAUS28:15.128:15.08
10567Ilie FloroiuROU28:16.328:16.25
11260Brendan FosterGBR28:22.628:22.54
12270Mike McLeodGBR28:40.828:40.78
13222Martti VainioFIN28:46.328:46.22
14362Gerard TebrokeNED28:50.128:50.08
AC160Antonio PrietoESPDNF

Splits

1000 m2:53.0Tolossa Kotu
2000 m5:42.4Miruts Yifter
3000 m8:27.3Miruts Yifter
4000 m11:14.4Miruts Yifter
5000 m14:03.0Mohamed Kedir
6000 m16:49.7Lasse Virén
7000 m19:35.6Lasse Virén
8000 m22:23.6Lasse Virén
9000 m25:09.5Lasse Virén