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10,000 metres, Men

Date26 – 29 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants46 from 29 countries

Haile Gebrselassie was an overwhelming favorite. He was the world record holder and had won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships. His biggest rival was expected to be Kenyan Paul Tergat, twice International Cross-Country champion. The pace was taken for the first half of the race by Burundian Aloÿs Nizigama. The Kenyans then took up the pace, dropping all but six runners. At 8,000 metres, Tergat ran two laps in just over two minutes, and only Gebrselassie could stay with him. At the bell, he moved to Tergat’s shoulder and sprinted by him almost disdainfully. Tergat closed slightly in the stretch but it was an easy victory for Geb on the final lap.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
11391Haile GebrselassieETH28:14.20 (1 h2)27:07.34 (1)GoldOR
21818Paul TergatKEN27:50.66 (2 h1)27:08.17 (2)Silver
31908Salah HissouMAR27:53.32 (5 h1)27:24.67 (3)Bronze
41103Aloÿs NizigamaBDI27:53.21 (4 h1)27:33.79 (4)
51809Josephat MachukaKEN28:14.27 (2 h2)27:35.08 (5)
61806Paul KoechKEN28:17.48 (3 h2)27:35.19 (6)
71914Khalid SkahMAR28:23.21 (6 h2)27:46.98 (7)
82173Mathias NtawulikuraRWA27:51.69 (3 h1)27:50.73 (8)
91544Stéphane FrankeGER28:24.30 (7 h2)27:59.08 (9)
101472Jon BrownGBR28:19.85 (4 h2)27:59.72 (10)
111934Armando QuintanillaMEX28:27.28 (8 h2)28:09.46 (11)
122265Marko HhawuTAN28:14.08 (10 h1)28:20.58 (12)
131329Abel AntónESP27:56.26 (7 h1)28:29.37 (13)
141338Carlos de la TorreESP28:04.14 (8 h1)28:32.11 (14)
151350Alejandro GómezESP28:28.16 (9 h2)28:39.11 (15)
161648Zoltán KáldyHUN28:13.49 (9 h1)28:45.48 (16)
171389Worku BikilaETH27:50.57 (1 h1)28:59.15 (17)
181693Stefano BaldiniITA27:55.79 (6 h1)29:07.77 (18)
AC r2/21484Paul EvansGBR28:24.39 (11 h1)– (AC)
AC r2/21842Alyan Al-QahtaniKSA28:22.35 (5 h2)– (AC)
10 h2 r1/21325Silvio GuerraECU28:30.15 (10 h2)
11 h2 r1/21387Abraham AssefaETH28:32.24 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/22018Robbie JohnstonNZL28:40.60 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21771Toshinari TakaokaJPN28:38.18 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/21756Katsuhiko HanadaJPN28:52.22 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/21040Shaun CreightonAUS28:44.29 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/22241Róbert ŠtefkoSVK29:03.80 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/22060Alfredo BrásPOR28:50.28 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/22075Carlos PatrícioPOR29:15.41 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/22120Hendrick RamaalaRSA29:07.81 (15 h2)
16 h1 r1/21153Ronaldo da CostaBRA29:26.58 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/22330Brad BarquistUSA29:11.20 (16 h2)
17 h1 r1/22379Dan MiddlemanUSA29:50.72 (17 h1)
17 h2 r1/22449Charles MulingaZAM29:14.99 (17 h2)
18 h1 r1/21435Mohamed EzzherFRA29:55.34 (18 h1)
18 h2 r1/22244Miroslav VankoSVK29:17.53 (18 h2)
19 h1 r1/21933Martín PitayoMEX30:32.20 (19 h1)
19 h2 r1/21667Sean DollmanIRL29:19.03 (19 h2)
20 h1 r1/21254Herder VázquezCOL33:26.15 (20 h1)
20 h2 r1/21664Sayed Hamid SajjadiIRI29:22.65 (20 h2)
21 h1 r1/22036Majed Abu MaraheelPLE34:40.50 (21 h1)
21 h2 r1/21209Jeff SchieblerCAN29:47.79 (21 h2)
AC h1 r1/21915Larbi ZéroualMAR– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/21425Abdellah BéharFRA– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/22068Paulo GuerraPOR– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/22406Todd WilliamsUSA– (AC h2)
DNS1774Yasuyuki WatanabeJPN– (DNS h1)
DNS1057Julian PaynterAUS– (DNS h1)

Round One (26 July 1996)

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

Heat One (21:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
118Worku BikilaETH27:50.57Q
221Paul TergatKEN27:50.66Q
324Mathias NtawulikuraRWA27:51.69Q
44Aloÿs NizigamaBDI27:53.21Q
523Salah HissouMAR27:53.32Q
615Stefano BaldiniITA27:55.79Q
77Abel AntónESP27:56.26Q
82Carlos de la TorreESP28:04.14Q
922Zoltán KáldyHUN28:13.49q
1013Marko HhawuTAN28:14.08q
116Paul EvansGBR28:24.39q
123Robbie JohnstonNZL28:40.60
1314Katsuhiko HanadaJPN28:52.22
1410Róbert ŠtefkoSVK29:03.80
155Carlos PatrícioPOR29:15.41
1620Ronaldo da CostaBRA29:26.58
178Dan MiddlemanUSA29:50.72
1816Mohamed EzzherFRA29:55.34
1919Martín PitayoMEX30:32.20
2012Herder VázquezCOL33:26.15
211Majed Abu MaraheelPLE34:40.50
AC11Larbi ZéroualMARDNF
DNS9Yasuyuki WatanabeJPN
DNS17Julian PaynterAUS

Heat Two (22:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
123Haile GebrselassieETH28:14.20Q
216Josephat MachukaKEN28:14.27Q
318Paul KoechKEN28:17.48Q
43Jon BrownGBR28:19.85Q
58Alyan Al-QahtaniKSA28:22.35Q
621Khalid SkahMAR28:23.21Q
712Stéphane FrankeGER28:24.30Q
817Armando QuintanillaMEX28:27.28Q
91Alejandro GómezESP28:28.16q
1010Silvio GuerraECU28:30.15
115Abraham AssefaETH28:32.24
127Toshinari TakaokaJPN28:38.18
1324Shaun CreightonAUS28:44.29
1414Alfredo BrásPOR28:50.28
1513Hendrick RamaalaRSA29:07.81
1615Brad BarquistUSA29:11.20
1719Charles MulingaZAM29:14.99
1811Miroslav VankoSVK29:17.53
196Sean DollmanIRL29:19.03
209Sayed Hamid SajjadiIRI29:22.65
2122Jeff SchieblerCAN29:47.79
AC20Abdellah BéharFRADNF
AC4Paulo GuerraPORDNF
AC2Todd WilliamsUSADNF

Final (29 July 1996 — 22:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Haile GebrselassieETH27:07.34OR
21Paul TergatKEN27:08.17
39Salah HissouMAR27:24.67
420Aloÿs NizigamaBDI27:33.79
55Josephat MachukaKEN27:35.08
615Paul KoechKEN27:35.19
711Khalid SkahMAR27:46.98
817Mathias NtawulikuraRWA27:50.73
92Stéphane FrankeGER27:59.08
1010Jon BrownGBR27:59.72
1119Armando QuintanillaMEX28:09.46
1213Marko HhawuTAN28:20.58
1312Abel AntónESP28:29.37
1418Carlos de la TorreESP28:32.11
1514Alejandro GómezESP28:39.11
164Zoltán KáldyHUN28:45.48
173Worku BikilaETH28:59.15
186Stefano BaldiniITA29:07.77
AC7Alyan Al-QahtaniKSADNF
AC16Paul EvansGBRDNF