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10,000 metres, Men

Date3 – 6 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants45 from 33 countries
Olympic Record 27:38.35 WR / Lasse Virén FIN / 3 September 1972

The world record had been set in July 1984 by Portugal’s Fernando Mamede, but he fared poorly in major competition. The favorite was Italy’s Alberto Cova, who had won the 1983 World Championships and the 1982 European Championships. At both races, second place was taken by the GDR’s Werner Schildhauer but he was not in Los Angeles because of the Soviet-led boycott. At 5K, Britain’s Nick Rose took the lead and only Cova and Martti Vainio (FIN), the 1978 European Champion, could stay in touch. Vainio then opened up the pace, dropping Rose and he and Cova battled to the finish. With 200 metres to go, Cova unleashed his finishing sprint and won by almost 25 metres, running that 200 in 27.7. Five days later, Vainio was disqualified for testosterone use. Cova later admitted to blood doping, but that was not a banned practice in that era.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1498Alberto CovaITA28:26.10 (1 h2)27:47.54 (1)Gold
2380Mike McLeodGBR28:24.92 (5 h1)28:06.22 (2)Silver
3590Mike MusyokiKEN28:24.24 (3 h1)28:06.46 (3)Bronze
4490Salvatore AntiboITA28:22.57 (2 h1)28:06.50 (4)
5315Christoph HerleFRG28:30.28 (4 h2)28:08.21 (5)
6575Sosthenes BitokKEN28:12.17 (1 h3)28:09.01 (6)
7558Yutaka KanaiJPN28:14.67 (2 h3)28:27.06 (7)
8375Steve JonesGBR28:15.22 (4 h3)28:28.08 (8)
9471John TreacyIRL28:18.13 (5 h3)28:28.68 (9)
10778Ahmed Musa JoudaSUD28:20.36 (8 h3)28:29.43 (10)
11967Zephaniah NcubeZIM28:28.53 (2 h2)28:31.61 (11)
12392Nick RoseGBR28:31.13 (5 h2)28:31.73 (12)
13821Zakariah BarieTAN28:15.18 (3 h3)28:32.28 (13)
14594Joseph NzauKEN28:28.71 (3 h2)28:32.57 (14)
15933Pat PorterUSA28:19.94 (7 h3)28:34.59 (15)
16564Masanari ShintakuJPN28:24.30 (4 h1)28:55.54 (16)
AC r2/2271Martti VainioFIN28:19.25 (6 h3)27:51.10 (AC)
AC r2/2724Fernando MamedePOR28:21.87 (1 h1)– (AC)
6 h1 r1/2637José GómezMEX28:28.50 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2827Gidamis ShahangaTAN28:42.92 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/2158Omar AguilarCHI28:29.06 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2236Antonio PrietoESP28:57.78 (7 h2)
8 h1 r1/2145Paul WilliamsCAN28:36.15 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2641Martín PitayoMEX28:59.19 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/2945Craig VirginUSA28:37.58 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2895Paul CummingsUSA29:09.82 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2514Francesco PanettaITA29:00.78 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2106José João da SilvaBRA29:10.52 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2478Arie GamlielISR29:31.32 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2200Marios KassianidisCYP29:06.08 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/2208Luis TipánECU30:07.49 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2776Mohiddin Mohamed KulmiyeSOM29:37.93 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2191Domingo TibaduizaCOL29:07.19 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/2825Ibrahim JumaTAN30:29.50 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2626Matthews KambaleMAW30:47.73 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/220Julio GómezARG29:58.06 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/2554Basil KilaniJOR30:43.54 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/2195Orlando MoraCRC30:49.43 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/2611Frans NtaoleLES30:18.71 (13 h3)
14 h2 r1/2674Tau John TokwepotaPNG31:29.14 (14 h2)
14 h3 r1/2759Albert MarieSEY32:04.11 (14 h3)
AC h1 r1/2977Ruddy CornielleDOM– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2713Ramón LópezPAR– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2953Ali Al-GhadiYAR– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2861Necdet AyazTUR– (AC h3)

Round One (3 August 1984)

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

Heat One (18:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1724Fernando MamedePOR28:21.87Q
2490Salvatore AntiboITA28:22.57Q
3590Mike MusyokiKEN28:24.24Q
4564Masanari ShintakuJPN28:24.30Q1
5380Mike McLeodGBR28:24.92Q
6637José GómezMEX28:28.50
7158Omar AguilarCHI28:29.06
8145Paul WilliamsCAN28:36.15
9945Craig VirginUSA28:37.58
10106José João da SilvaBRA29:10.52
11208Luis TipánECU30:07.49
12825Ibrahim JumaTAN30:29.50
13554Basil KilaniJOR30:43.54
AC713Ramón LópezPARDNF
AC977Ruddy CornielleDOMDNF

Heat Two (19:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1498Alberto CovaITA28:26.10Q
2967Zephaniah NcubeZIM28:28.53Q
3594Joseph NzauKEN28:28.71Q
4315Christoph HerleFRG28:30.28Q
5392Nick RoseGBR28:31.13Q
6827Gidamis ShahangaTAN28:42.92
7236Antonio PrietoESP28:57.78
8641Martín PitayoMEX28:59.19
9895Paul CummingsUSA29:09.82
10478Arie GamlielISR29:31.32
11776Mohiddin Mohamed KulmiyeSOM29:37.93
12626Matthews KambaleMAW30:47.73
13195Orlando MoraCRC30:49.43
14674Tau John TokwepotaPNG31:29.14
AC953Ali Al-GhadiYARDNF

Heat Three (20:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1575Sosthenes BitokKEN28:12.17Q
2558Yutaka KanaiJPN28:14.67Q
3821Zakariah BarieTAN28:15.18Q
4375Steve JonesGBR28:15.22Q
5471John TreacyIRL28:18.13Q
6271Martti VainioFIN28:19.25q
7933Pat PorterUSA28:19.94q
8778Ahmed Musa JoudaSUD28:20.36q
9514Francesco PanettaITA29:00.78
10200Marios KassianidisCYP29:06.08
11191Domingo TibaduizaCOL29:07.19
1220Julio GómezARG29:58.06
13611Frans NtaoleLES30:18.71
14759Albert MarieSEY32:04.11
AC861Necdet AyazTURDNF

Final (6 August 1984 — 19:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1498Alberto CovaITA27:47.54
2380Mike McLeodGBR28:06.22
3590Mike MusyokiKEN28:06.46
4490Salvatore AntiboITA28:06.50
5315Christoph HerleFRG28:08.21
6575Sosthenes BitokKEN28:09.01
7558Yutaka KanaiJPN28:27.06
8375Steve JonesGBR28:28.08
9471John TreacyIRL28:28.68
10778Ahmed Musa JoudaSUD28:29.43
11967Zephaniah NcubeZIM28:31.61
12392Nick RoseGBR28:31.73
13821Zakariah BarieTAN28:32.28
14594Joseph NzauKEN28:32.57
15933Pat PorterUSA28:34.59
16564Masanari ShintakuJPN28:55.542
AC724Fernando MamedePORDNF
AC271Martti VainioFIN27:51.10DQ

Splits

1000 m2:53.0Zakariah Barie
2000 m5:48.5Salvatore Antibo
3000 m8:40.4Mike Musyoki
4000 m11:33.4Alberto Cova
5000 m14:19.9John Treacy
6000 m17:00.3Martti Vainio
7000 m19:41.1Martti Vainio
8000 m22:25.0Martti Vainio
9000 m25:11.3Alberto Cova