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10,000 metres, Men

Date31 July – 3 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants56 from 38 countries

While the 1964 Olympic 10K had seen the biggest upset in the event’s history, the 1992 final was the most controversial ever. The world record holder, Arturo Barrios (MEX), was in the race, as was 1991 World Champion Moses Tanui (KEN) and World runner-up Richard Chelimo (KEN). Also back was 1990 European Champion and 1988 silver medalist, Salvatore Antibo of Italy. Chelimo set the pace early in the final, dropping all but seven runners by the eighth lap. By the 16th lap, Chelimo still led, now only accompanied by Morocco’s Khalid Skah, twice International Cross-Country champion. By the 19th lap, these two were lapping runners and one of the runners they came upon on the 22nd lap was Morocco’s Hammou Boutayeb. Though he was lapped he suddenly found the strength to run with Chelimo and Skah, to the detriment of Chelimo. Writing in Track & Field News, Cordner Nelson noted, “In the next lap and a half, Boutayeb committed unarmed assault.” He bumped Chelimo several times, cut him off at least twice, and made him run over and around him several times. Shortly before the bell, IAAF Technical Delegate Carl-Gustaf Tollemar ran onto the track to warn Boutayeb to stop his tactics and appeared to try to stop him, to no avail. On the last lap, Skah was the fresher runner, and outsprinted Chelimo, his tank dry from having to fight off Boutayeb’s assaults. Boutayeb dropped out on the last lap. Shortly after the finish, Skah began a victory lap that was greeted by boos and detritus being thrown at him from the stands. Before he had finished the lap, the IAAF had disqualified him and declared Chelimo the winner. Moroccan officials immediately appealed the ruling, and the next day Skah was reinstated. On the victory podium two days later, the chorus of derision on the victory lap seemed mild compared to the abuse heaped on Skah.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
11214Khalid SkahMAR28:18.48 (6 h1)27:46.70 (1)Gold
21110Richard ChelimoKEN28:16.39 (5 h1)27:47.72 (2)Silver
3461Addis AbebeETH28:15.76 (4 h1)28:00.07 (3)Bronze
4988Salvatore AntiboITA28:18.48 (7 h1)28:11.39 (4)
51227Arturo BarriosMEX28:28.26 (6 h2)28:17.79 (5)
61249Germán SilvaMEX28:13.72 (2 h1)28:20.19 (6)
71128William KoechKEN28:06.86 (1 h1)28:25.18 (7)
8140Moses TanuiKEN28:24.07 (2 h2)28:27.11 (8)
9462Fita BayissaETH28:23.55 (1 h2)28:27.68 (9)
101782Todd WilliamsUSA28:26.32 (5 h2)28:29.38 (10)
11708Paul EvansGBR28:15.70 (3 h1)28:29.83 (11)
12923Zoltán KáldyHUN28:21.96 (9 h1)28:34.21 (12)
131486Xolile YawaRSA28:28.78 (7 h2)28:37.18 (13)
141101Haruo UrataJPN28:24.08 (11 h1)28:37.61 (14)
15645Tony Martins-BordeloFRA28:35.13 (9 h2)28:47.66 (15)
161242Armando QuintanillaMEX28:23.76 (10 h1)28:48.05 (16)
17746Richard NerurkarGBR28:24.35 (3 h2)28:48.48 (17)
1828Antonio SilioARG28:31.02 (8 h2)28:55.20 (18)
191315John HalvorsenNOR28:21.57 (8 h1)29:53.91 (19)
AC r2/21202Hammou BoutayebMAR28:25.73 (4 h2)– (AC)
10 h2 r1/2990Francesco BenniciITA28:45.62 (10 h2)
11 h2 r1/2393José Carlos AdánESP28:50.38 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/2564Oleg StrizhakovEUN28:35.97 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21492Mathias NtawulikuraRWA28:51.79 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/21750Steve PlasenciaUSA28:45.59 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/21756Aaron RamirezUSA29:00.12 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/2799Stéphane FrankeGER28:52.83 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/21090Sakae OsakiJPN29:20.01 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/2410Carlos de la TorreESP28:55.47 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/21392Fernando CoutoPOR29:20.06 (15 h2)
16 h1 r1/2950Sean DollmanIRL28:55.77 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/2797Carsten EichGER29:22.19 (16 h2)
17 h1 r1/2249Paul WilliamsCAN29:01.67 (17 h1)
17 h2 r1/2947Noel BerkeleyIRL29:23.58 (17 h2)
18 h1 r1/21818Tendai ChimusasaZIM29:17.26 (18 h1)
18 h2 r1/2107Vincent RousseauBEL29:25.68 (18 h2)
19 h1 r1/21350Juan José CastilloPER30:04.60 (19 h1)
19 h2 r1/2737Eamonn MartinGBR29:35.65 (19 h2)
20 h1 r1/2333Miguel VargasCRC30:13.06 (20 h1)
20 h2 r1/21583Isaac SimelaneSWZ29:48.49 (20 h2)
21 h1 r1/21180Patrick RamaLES30:21.69 (21 h1)
21 h2 r1/21217John MwathiwaMAW29:54.26 (21 h2)
22 h1 r1/21072Awad Al-HasiniJOR30:43.19 (22 h1)
22 h2 r1/2325Herder VázquezCOL30:07.55 (22 h2)
23 h2 r1/2186Edy PuninaECU30:19.76 (23 h2)
24 h2 r1/2125Policarpio CalizayaBOL30:27.01 (24 h2)
25 h2 r1/2381Omar Daher GadidDJI30:32.89 (25 h2)
26 h2 r1/21867Khalid Al-EstashiYEM30:49.58 (26 h2)
27 h2 r1/2983Marlon WilliamsISV31:22.13 (27 h2)
28 h2 r1/2582Binesh PrasadFIJ31:46.19 (28 h2)
AC h1 r1/2163Abdullah Al-DosariBRN– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2422Alejandro GómezESP– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2613Risto UlmalaFIN– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2650Thierry PantelFRA– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/21268Sid'Ahmed Ould MohamedouMTN– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/21390Domingos CastroPOR– (AC h1)

Round One (31 July 1992)

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

Heat One (20:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
121William KoechKEN28:06.86Q
220Germán SilvaMEX28:13.72Q
315Paul EvansGBR28:15.70Q
412Addis AbebeETH28:15.76Q
517Richard ChelimoKEN28:16.39Q
618Khalid SkahMAR28:18.48Q
73Salvatore AntiboITA28:18.48Q
88John HalvorsenNOR28:21.57q
916Zoltán KáldyHUN28:21.96q
107Armando QuintanillaMEX28:23.76q
1113Haruo UrataJPN28:24.08q
1224Oleg StrizhakovEUN28:35.97
135Steve PlasenciaUSA28:45.59
1414Stéphane FrankeGER28:52.83
1526Carlos de la TorreESP28:55.47
1610Sean DollmanIRL28:55.77
176Paul WilliamsCAN29:01.67
1822Tendai ChimusasaZIM29:17.26
199Juan José CastilloPER30:04.60
2023Miguel VargasCRC30:13.06
212Patrick RamaLES30:21.69
2228Awad Al-HasiniJOR30:43.19
AC19Thierry PantelFRADNF
AC11Risto UlmalaFINDNF
AC25Alejandro GómezESPDNF
AC4Abdullah Al-DosariBRNDNF
AC27Domingos CastroPORDNF
AC1Sid'Ahmed Ould MohamedouMTNDNF

Splits

1000 m2:51.29Miguel Vargas
2000 m5:45.35Juan José Castillo
3000 m8:36.96Germán Silva
4000 m11:24.82Salvatore Antibo
5000 m14:14.86Germán Silva
6000 m17:02.94Germán Silva
7000 m19:54.76Germán Silva
8000 m22:36.30Salvatore Antibo
9000 m25:27.46William Koech

Heat Two (21:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
19Fita BayissaETH28:23.55Q
214Moses TanuiKEN28:24.07Q
38Richard NerurkarGBR28:24.35Q
412Hammou BoutayebMAR28:25.73Q
520Todd WilliamsUSA28:26.32Q
613Arturo BarriosMEX28:28.26Q
722Xolile YawaRSA28:28.78Q
825Antonio SilioARG28:31.02q
94Tony Martins-BordeloFRA28:35.13q
106Francesco BenniciITA28:45.62
1118José Carlos AdánESP28:50.38
1226Mathias NtawulikuraRWA28:51.79
132Aaron RamirezUSA29:00.12
147Sakae OsakiJPN29:20.01
1510Fernando CoutoPOR29:20.06
1621Carsten EichGER29:22.19
171Noel BerkeleyIRL29:23.58
1823Vincent RousseauBEL29:25.68
1924Eamonn MartinGBR29:35.65
2027Isaac SimelaneSWZ29:48.49
2116John MwathiwaMAW29:54.26
2211Herder VázquezCOL30:07.55
235Edy PuninaECU30:19.76
2419Policarpio CalizayaBOL30:27.01
253Omar Daher GadidDJI30:32.89
2628Khalid Al-EstashiYEM30:49.58
2715Marlon WilliamsISV31:22.13
2817Binesh PrasadFIJ31:46.19

Splits

1000 m2:53.09Fernando Couto
2000 m5:46.36José Carlos Adán
3000 m8:40.10José Carlos Adán
4000 m11:32.07Moses Tanui
5000 m14:28.00Carsten Eich
6000 m17:12.48Moses Tanui
7000 m20:00.29Moses Tanui
8000 m22:54.77Xolile Yawa
9000 m25:45.61Arturo Barrios

Final (3 August 1992 — 22:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
111Khalid SkahMAR27:46.70
29Richard ChelimoKEN27:47.72
34Addis AbebeETH28:00.07
415Salvatore AntiboITA28:11.39
58Arturo BarriosMEX28:17.79
63Germán SilvaMEX28:20.19
719William KoechKEN28:25.18
813Moses TanuiKEN28:27.11
92Fita BayissaETH28:27.68
101Todd WilliamsUSA28:29.38
1116Paul EvansGBR28:29.83
1220Zoltán KáldyHUN28:34.21
1314Xolile YawaRSA28:37.18
1412Haruo UrataJPN28:37.61
156Tony Martins-BordeloFRA28:47.66
1618Armando QuintanillaMEX28:48.05
1717Richard NerurkarGBR28:48.48
1810Antonio SilioARG28:55.20
197John HalvorsenNOR29:53.91
AC5Hammou BoutayebMARDNF

Splits

1000 m2:50.88Salvatore Antibo
2000 m5:40.75Germán Silva
3000 m8:26.94William Koech
4000 m11:09.58Richard Chelimo
5000 m13:53.66Richard Chelimo
6000 m16:40.86Richard Chelimo
7000 m19:23.91Richard Chelimo
8000 m22:1130Khalid Skah
9000 m25:03.21Richard Chelimo