| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date8 – 11 August 1984
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants56 from 40 countries

In 1983 the first World Championship had been won by Ireland’s Eamonn Coghlan, but he was injured in 1984 and did not compete. An early favorite was Britain’s Dave Moorcroft, who had won the 1982 Commonwealth Games and set the world record in July 1982, challenging the 13-minute barrier with 13:00.41. He competed in Los Angeles, but also with an injury, and although he made the final, he finished 14th and last. Morocco’s Saïd Aouita was a favorite, but it was not certain if he would run the 1,500 or 5K, eventually opting for this event. The final was a fast pace, set for 3K by Portugal’s António Leitão. Six runners were together at that point, but on the penultimate lap, Leitão ran 60.1 to drop all but Aouita and Markus Ryffel (SUI). Aouita took the lead on the backstretch of the final lap, and dropped Ryffel on the curve, winning the gold medal with Leitão struggling in for the bronze, burned out by his early pace-setting tactics. In 1985 would break Moorcroft’s world record, barely, running 13:00.40 at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Then in Roma in 1987, he became the first man to run under 13 minutes with a world record of 12:58.39.

1622Saïd AouitaMAR13:45.66 (4 h2)13:28.39 (1 h2)13:05.59 (1)GoldOR
2913Markus RyffelSUI13:46.16 (=2 h3)13:40.08 (3 h1)13:07.54 (2)Silver
3722António LeitãoPOR13:51.33 (1 h4)13:39.76 (2 h1)13:09.20 (3)Bronze
4373Tim HutchingsGBR13:46.01 (3 h1)13:28.60 (5 h2)13:11.50 (4)
5580Paul KipkoechKEN13:51.54 (7 h4)13:29.08 (6 h2)13:14.40 (5)
6576Charles CheruiyotKEN13:45.99 (1 h3)13:28.56 (4 h2)13:18.41 (6)
7930Doug PadillaUSA13:52.56 (6 h1)13:41.73 (6 h1)13:23.56 (7)
8695John WalkerNZL13:44.75 (2 h2)13:28.48 (3 h2)13:24.46 (8)
9721Ezequiel CanárioPOR13:43.28 (1 h1)13:32.64 (9 h2)13:26.50 (9)
10599Wilson WaigwaKEN13:48.84 (5 h1)13:38.59 (1 h1)13:27.34 (10)
11463Ray FlynnIRL13:46.84 (4 h1)13:40.74 (4 h1)13:34.50 (11)
12802Mats ErixonSWE13:44.45 (1 h2)13:29.72 (7 h2)13:41.64 (12)
13378Eamonn MartinGBR13:46.16 (=2 h3)13:41.70 (5 h1)13:53.34 (13)
14385Dave MoorcroftGBR13:51.40 (2 h4)13:28.44 (2 h2)14:16.61 (14)
7 h1 r2/3821Zakariah BarieTAN13:53.00 (8 h4)13:43.49 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/3630Gerardo AlcaláMEX13:50.60 (9 h3)13:45.98 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3271Martti VainioFIN13:45.16 (2 h1)13:30.48 (8 h2)– (DNS)
9 h1 r2/3145Paul WilliamsCAN13:47.56 (7 h2)13:46.34 (9 h1)
10 h1 r2/3795Steve LacyUSA13:46.16 (=2 h3)13:46.65 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/3720João CamposPOR13:46.27 (5 h3)13:34.46 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/3158Omar AguilarCHI13:51.53 (6 h4)13:51.13 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/3633Eduardo CastroMEX13:51.46 (3 h4)13:42.04 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/3967Zephaniah NcubeZIM13:46.33 (7 h3)13:53.25 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/3892Don ClaryUSA13:44.97 (3 h2)13:46.02 (12 h2)
13 h1 r2/36Abdel Razzak BounourALG13:51.52 (5 h4)13:57.43 (13 h1)
13 h2 r2/374Bob VerbeeckBEL13:46.27 (5 h2)13:46.03 (13 h2)
14 h1 r2/3260Antti LoikkanenFIN13:51.47 (4 h4)13:58.74 (14 h1)
14 h2 r2/3490Salvatore AntiboITA13:46.32 (6 h3)13:47.53 (14 h2)
AC h1 r2/3327Uwe MönkemeyerFRG13:48.66 (8 h3)– (DNF h1)
AC h2 r2/3315Christoph HerleFRG13:46.35 (6 h2)– (DNF h2)
7 h1 r1/371Vincent RousseauBEL13:57.96 (7 h1)
8 h1 r1/3106José João da SilvaBRA14:03.44 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3443Stijn JaspersNED13:58.51 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3226Jorge GarcíaESP14:12.15 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3778Ahmed Musa JoudaSUD13:59.41 (9 h2)
9 h4 r1/3521Antonio SelvaggioITA13:55.73 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/31006Mohamed RutitingaTAN14:27.78 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/3522Piero SelvaggioITA14:04.74 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/3478Arie GamlielISR14:02.98 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/3714Roger SolerPER14:28.26 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/320Julio GómezARG14:28.48 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/3861Necdet AyazTUR14:36.89 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/3828Alphonce SwaiTAN14:22.20 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/3195Orlando MoraCRC14:33.49 (11 h4)
12 h1 r1/3627George MambosasaMAW14:48.08 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/380Eugène MuslarBIZ15:05.78 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/3208Luis TipánECU14:52.43 (12 h3)
12 h4 r1/3962Masini Situ-KumbangaCOD15:02.52 (12 h4)
13 h1 r1/3554Basil KilaniJOR15:20.58 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/3674Tau John TokwepotaPNG15:24.68 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/3713Ramón LópezPAR15:15.64 (13 h3)
13 h4 r1/3953Ali Al-GhadiYAR16:06.58 (13 h4)
14 h1 r1/3992Nimley TwegbeLBR17:36.69 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/3977Ruddy CornielleDOM17:16.77 (14 h2)
AC h1 r1/3774Ali Mohamed HufaneSOM– (DNF h1)
AC h2 r1/3856Féthi BaccoucheTUN– (DNF h2)
DNS117Greg DuhaimeCAN– (DNS h3)
DNS236Antonio PrietoESP– (DNS h4)

Round One (8 August 1984 — 17:00)

Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1721Ezequiel CanárioPOR13:43.28Q
2271Martti VainioFIN13:45.16Q
3373Tim HutchingsGBR13:46.01Q
4463Ray FlynnIRL13:46.84Q
5599Wilson WaigwaKEN13:48.84Q
6930Doug PadillaUSA13:52.56Q
771Vincent RousseauBEL13:57.96
8106José João da SilvaBRA14:03.44
9226Jorge GarcíaESP14:12.15
101006Mohamed RutitingaTAN14:27.78
1120Julio GómezARG14:28.48
12627George MambosasaMAW14:48.08
13554Basil KilaniJOR15:20.58
14992Nimley TwegbeLBR17:36.69
DNF774Ali Mohamed HufaneSOM

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1802Mats ErixonSWE13:44.45Q
2695John WalkerNZL13:44.75Q
3892Don ClaryUSA13:44.97Q
4622Saïd AouitaMAR13:45.66Q
574Bob VerbeeckBEL13:46.27Q
6315Christoph HerleFRG13:46.35Q
7145Paul WilliamsCAN13:47.56q
8443Stijn JaspersNED13:58.51
9778Ahmed Musa JoudaSUD13:59.41
10522Piero SelvaggioITA14:04.74
11861Necdet AyazTUR14:36.89
1280Eugène MuslarBIZ15:05.78
13674Tau John TokwepotaPNG15:24.68
14977Ruddy CornielleDOM17:16.77
DNF856Féthi BaccoucheTUN

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1576Charles CheruiyotKEN13:45.99Q
=2378Eamonn MartinGBR13:46.16Q
=2913Markus RyffelSUI13:46.16Q
=2795Steve LacyUSA13:46.16Q
5720João CamposPOR13:46.27Q
6490Salvatore AntiboITA13:46.32Q
7967Zephaniah NcubeZIM13:46.33q
8327Uwe MönkemeyerFRG13:48.66q
9630Gerardo AlcaláMEX13:50.60q
10478Arie GamlielISR14:02.98
11828Alphonce SwaiTAN14:22.20
12208Luis TipánECU14:52.43
13713Ramón LópezPAR15:15.64
DNS117Greg DuhaimeCAN

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1722António LeitãoPOR13:51.33Q
2385Dave MoorcroftGBR13:51.40Q
3633Eduardo CastroMEX13:51.46Q
4260Antti LoikkanenFIN13:51.47Q
56Abdel Razzak BounourALG13:51.52Q
6158Omar AguilarCHI13:51.53Q
7580Paul KipkoechKEN13:51.54q
8821Zakariah BarieTAN13:53.00q
9521Antonio SelvaggioITA13:55.73
10714Roger SolerPER14:28.26
11195Orlando MoraCRC14:33.49
12962Masini Situ-KumbangaCOD15:02.52
13953Ali Al-GhadiYAR16:06.58
DNS236Antonio PrietoESP

Semi-Finals (9 August 1984 — 18:15)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1599Wilson WaigwaKEN13:38.59Q
2722António LeitãoPOR13:39.76Q
3913Markus RyffelSUI13:40.08Q
4463Ray FlynnIRL13:40.74Q
5378Eamonn MartinGBR13:41.70Q
6930Doug PadillaUSA13:41.73Q
7821Zakariah BarieTAN13:43.49
8630Gerardo AlcaláMEX13:45.98
9145Paul WilliamsCAN13:46.34
10795Steve LacyUSA13:46.65
11158Omar AguilarCHI13:51.13
12967Zephaniah NcubeZIM13:53.25
136Abdel Razzak BounourALG13:57.43
14260Antti LoikkanenFIN13:58.74
DNF327Uwe MönkemeyerFRG

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1622Saïd AouitaMAR13:28.39Q
2385Dave MoorcroftGBR13:28.44Q
3695John WalkerNZL13:28.48Q
4576Charles CheruiyotKEN13:28.56Q
5373Tim HutchingsGBR13:28.60Q
6580Paul KipkoechKEN13:29.08Q
7802Mats ErixonSWE13:29.72q
8271Martti VainioFIN13:30.48q
9721Ezequiel CanárioPOR13:32.64q
10720João CamposPOR13:34.46
11633Eduardo CastroMEX13:42.04
12892Don ClaryUSA13:46.02
1374Bob VerbeeckBEL13:46.03
14490Salvatore AntiboITA13:47.53
DNF315Christoph HerleFRG

Final (11 August 1984 — 19:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1622Saïd AouitaMAR13:05.59OR
2913Markus RyffelSUI13:07.54
3722António LeitãoPOR13:09.20
4373Tim HutchingsGBR13:11.50
5580Paul KipkoechKEN13:14.40
6576Charles CheruiyotKEN13:18.41
7930Doug PadillaUSA13:23.56
8695John WalkerNZL13:24.46
9721Ezequiel CanárioPOR13:26.50
10599Wilson WaigwaKEN13:27.34
11463Ray FlynnIRL13:34.50
12802Mats ErixonSWE13:41.64
13378Eamonn MartinGBR13:53.34
14385Dave MoorcroftGBR14:16.61
DNS271Martti VainioFIN


1000 m2:37.3Ezequiel Canário
2000 m5:17.8António Leitão
3000 m7:59.3António Leitão
4000 m10:38.8António Leitão