| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date31 July – 3 August 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants37 from 22 countries
Olympic Record 13:05.59 / Saïd Aouita MAR / 11 August 1984

Vénuste Niyongabo of Burundi was the first great runner from that nation. He was considered a medal favorite in the 1,500 but withdrew from that event to allow his countryman, Dieudonné Kwizéra to run in that event. Niyongabo had only twice before competed at 5K but he had the best speed in the event. The last two World Championships had been won by Kenya’s Ismael Kirui but he did not compete in Atlanta. In August 1995, Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie had shattered the world record by 11 seconds, running 12:44.39, but he chose to run only 10K in Atlanta. The defending gold and silver medalists, Dieter Baumann (FRG) and Paul Bitok (KEN), were back and qualified for the final. The final was started at a slow pace, playing into Niyangabo’s speed. America’s Bob Kennedy, a strong runner with no kick, moved to the front after 4,000 metres, trying to hold on for a medal but the attempt was futile. The final lap came down to Niyongabo, Bitok, Baumann, and Morocco’s Khalid Boulami. None of them could match Niyongabo’s speed as he won the gold medal, with Bitok finishing second as he had in 1992.

11102Vénuste NiyongaboBDI13:54.53 (3 h3)14:03.48 (2 h2)13:07.96 (1)Gold
21790Paul BitokKEN13:54.45 (2 h3)13:27.61 (2 h1)13:08.16 (2)Silver
31902Khalid BoulamiMAR13:54.72 (5 h3)13:29.72 (6 h1)13:08.37 (3)Bronze
41529Dieter BaumannGER13:52.00 (6 h2)14:03.75 (3 h2)13:08.81 (4)
51810Tom NyarikiKEN13:51.47 (3 h2)14:03.21 (1 h2)13:12.29 (5)
62373Bob KennedyUSA13:54.57 (4 h3)13:27.90 (4 h1)13:12.35 (6)
71359Enrique MolinaESP13:51.55 (4 h2)14:04.08 (4 h2)13:12.91 (7)
81909Brahim LahlafiMAR13:51.25 (2 h2)13:27.73 (3 h1)13:13.26 (8)
9807Shem KororiaKEN14:02.75 (2 h1)13:27.50 (1 h1)13:14.63 (9)
101388Fita BayissaETH13:51.61 (1 h2)13:30.88 (7 h1)13:18.30 (10)
111913Smail SghyrMAR14:02.71 (1 h1)14:04.23 (5 h2)13:22.89 (11)
121703Gennaro Di NapoliITA14:03.56 (4 h1)13:28.80 (5 h1)13:28.36 (12)
131007Réda BenzineALG14:03.06 (3 h1)13:37.52 (8 h1)13:42.34 (13)
141544Stéphane FrankeGER14:06.34 (10 h3)13:40.94 (9 h1)13:44.64 (14)
152478Aïssa Bel AoutALG13:51.96 (5 h2)14:04.56 (6 h2)14:06.52 (15)
7 h2 r2/31393Assefa MezgebuETH13:54.89 (7 h3)14:05.48 (7 h2)
8 h2 r2/31693Stefano BaldiniITA13:55.41 (8 h3)14:06.45 (8 h2)
9 h2 r2/31502John NuttallGBR13:52.16 (7 h2)14:08.39 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/32025Jonathan WyattNZL13:52.56 (8 h2)13:47.81 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31669Cormac FinnertyIRL13:54.01 (10 h2)14:08.88 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/31351Anacleto JiménezESP14:16.57 (7 h1)13:50.90 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/32113Shadrack HoffRSA14:05.97 (6 h1)14:16.14 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/32244Miroslav VankoSVK13:54.88 (6 h3)13:51.45 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/31057Julian PaynterAUS14:00.25 (11 h2)14:23.60 (12 h2)
13 h1 r2/32117John MorapediRSA13:54.30 (1 h3)13:54.43 (13 h1)
13 h2 r2/32398Jim SpiveyUSA13:53.16 (9 h2)14:27.72 (13 h2)
14 h1 r2/31040Shaun CreightonAUS14:04.08 (5 h1)13:55.23 (14 h1)
14 h2 r2/31366Manuel PancorboESP13:57.42 (9 h3)14:39.64 (14 h2)
15 h1 r2/32077José RamosPOR14:17.26 (8 h1)14:24.81 (15 h1)
9 h1 r1/32352Matt GiustoUSA14:30.76 (9 h1)
10 h1 r1/31253William RoldánCOL14:39.50 (10 h1)
11 h1 r1/31960Sid'Ahmed Ould MohamedouMTN15:29.16 (11 h1)
11 h3 r1/32070Luís JesusPOR14:08.87 (11 h3)– (DNS h2)
12 h2 r1/31166Adalberto GarciaBRA14:28.64 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/32217Khamis Abdullah SeifeddineSUD14:15.21 (12 h3)
13 h2 r1/32472Henry MoyoMAW14:30.53 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/32206Aboukar Hassan AdaniSOM15:19.80 (13 h3)
DNS1103Aloÿs NizigamaBDI– (DNS h2)
DNS1391Haile GebrselassieETH– (DNS h1)
DNS1842Alyan Al-QahtaniKSA– (DNS h3)
DNS1934Armando QuintanillaMEX– (DNS h1)

Round One (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (21:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Smail SghyrMAR14:02.71Q
27Shem KororiaKEN14:02.75Q
36Réda BenzineALG14:03.06Q
44Gennaro Di NapoliITA14:03.56Q
513Shaun CreightonAUS14:04.08Q
69Shadrack HoffRSA14:05.97Q
75Anacleto JiménezESP14:16.57Q
810José RamosPOR14:17.26Q
92Matt GiustoUSA14:30.76
1012William RoldánCOL14:39.50
1111Sid'Ahmed Ould MohamedouMTN15:29.16
DNS1Haile GebrselassieETH
DNS3Armando QuintanillaMEX

Heat Two (22:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
114Fita BayissaETH13:51.61Q
25Brahim LahlafiMAR13:51.25Q
39Tom NyarikiKEN13:51.47Q
411Enrique MolinaESP13:51.55Q
510Aïssa Bel AoutALG13:51.96Q
612Dieter BaumannGER13:52.00Q
71John NuttallGBR13:52.16Q
87Jonathan WyattNZL13:52.56Q
96Jim SpiveyUSA13:53.16q
1013Cormac FinnertyIRL13:54.01q
113Julian PaynterAUS14:00.25q
122Adalberto GarciaBRA14:28.64
134Henry MoyoMAW14:30.53
DNS8Aloÿs NizigamaBDI

Heat Three (22:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
113John MorapediRSA13:54.30Q
29Paul BitokKEN13:54.45Q
36Vénuste NiyongaboBDI13:54.53Q
44Bob KennedyUSA13:54.57Q
57Khalid BoulamiMAR13:54.72Q
610Miroslav VankoSVK13:54.88Q
75Assefa MezgebuETH13:54.89Q
81Stefano BaldiniITA13:55.41Q
98Manuel PancorboESP13:57.42q
1011Stéphane FrankeGER14:06.34q
1114Luís JesusPOR14:08.87q
123Khamis Abdullah SeifeddineSUD14:15.21
132Aboukar Hassan AdaniSOM15:19.80
DNS12Alyan Al-QahtaniKSA

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996)

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

Heat One (21:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Shem KororiaKEN13:27.50Q
210Paul BitokKEN13:27.61Q
32Brahim LahlafiMAR13:27.73Q
415Bob KennedyUSA13:27.90Q
511Gennaro Di NapoliITA13:28.80Q
65Khalid BoulamiMAR13:29.72Q
712Fita BayissaETH13:30.88q
86Réda BenzineALG13:37.52q
98Stéphane FrankeGER13:40.94q
109Jonathan WyattNZL13:47.81
113Anacleto JiménezESP13:50.90
127Miroslav VankoSVK13:51.45
1313John MorapediRSA13:54.43
1414Shaun CreightonAUS13:55.23
154José RamosPOR14:24.81

Heat Two (21:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Tom NyarikiKEN14:03.21Q
214Vénuste NiyongaboBDI14:03.48Q
31Dieter BaumannGER14:03.75Q
43Enrique MolinaESP14:04.08Q
511Smail SghyrMAR14:04.23Q
66Aïssa Bel AoutALG14:04.56Q
78Assefa MezgebuETH14:05.48
810Stefano BaldiniITA14:06.45
94John NuttallGBR14:08.39
102Cormac FinnertyIRL14:08.88
1112Shadrack HoffRSA14:16.14
1213Julian PaynterAUS14:23.60
137Jim SpiveyUSA14:27.72
149Manuel PancorboESP14:39.64
DNS15Luís JesusPOR

Final (3 August 1996 — 20:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
111Vénuste NiyongaboBDI13:07.96
214Paul BitokKEN13:08.16
38Khalid BoulamiMAR13:08.37
413Dieter BaumannGER13:08.81
55Tom NyarikiKEN13:12.29
67Bob KennedyUSA13:12.35
72Enrique MolinaESP13:12.91
812Brahim LahlafiMAR13:13.26
94Shem KororiaKEN13:14.63
106Fita BayissaETH13:18.30
111Smail SghyrMAR13:22.89
123Gennaro Di NapoliITA13:28.36
1315Réda BenzineALG13:42.34
149Stéphane FrankeGER13:44.64
1510Aïssa Bel AoutALG14:06.52