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10,000 metres, Men

Date22 – 25 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants34 from 19 countries
Olympic Record 27:07.34 / Haile Gebrselassie ETH / 29 July 1996

The heavy favorite was Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie, the defending gold medalist, World Champion in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999, and the current, and three-time, world record holder. His challenge would come from Paul Tergat (KEN), silver medalist in 1996, and who had held the world record in 1997 after running 26:27.85 in Bruxelles, and had won the last five International Cross-Country championships. The final was much closer than expected, as at the bell there were five runners together – Geb, Tergat, Assefa Mezegebu (ETH), Patrick Ivuti (KEN), and John Cheruiyot Korir (KEN). Tergat moved ahead on the backstretch and only Geb responded. On the final straight, there was nothing to choose between them but Geb pulled ahead in the last few strides to defend his gold medal, as they ran the last 200 in 25.4. Tergat had his second consecutive medal, and commented, “I did my best. I can do no better than that. I had nothing left at the end.”

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
11658Haile GebrselassieETH27:50.01 (1 h1)27:18.20 (1)Gold
22393Paul TergatKEN27:44.07 (2 h2)27:18.29 (2)Silver
31660Assefa MezgebuETH27:50.64 (4 h1)27:19.75 (3)Bronze
42374Patrick IvutiKEN27:50.10 (2 h1)27:20.44 (4)
52382John KorirKEN27:50.19 (3 h1)27:24.75 (5)
62512Saïd BériouiMAR27:45.83 (5 h2)27:37.83 (6)
72320Toshinari TakaokaJPN27:59.95 (5 h1)27:40.44 (7)
81805Karl KeskaGBR27:48.29 (6 h2)27:44.09 (8)
91200Aloÿs NizigamaBDI27:50.09 (8 h2)27:44.56 (9)
103253Abdi AbdirahmanUSA28:09.04 (7 h1)27:46.17 (10)
111662Girma TollaETH27:44.01 (1 h2)27:49.75 (11)
123295Meb KeflezighiUSA27:58.96 (11 h2)27:53.63 (12)
132557José David GalvánMEX27:49.53 (7 h2)27:54.56 (13)
142763José RamosPOR27:56.30 (10 h2)28:07.43 (14)
152302Katsuhiko HanadaJPN27:45.13 (3 h2)28:08.11 (15)
161018Samir MoussaouiALG28:08.22 (6 h1)28:17.25 (16)
172186Rachid BerradiITA28:01.18 (12 h2)28:45.96 (17)
181610José RíosESP27:51.40 (9 h2)28:50.31 (18)
AC r2/21204Mohammed MourhitBEL27:45.75 (4 h2)– (AC)
AC r2/21601Enrique MolinaESP28:09.76 (8 h1)– (AC)
9 h1 r1/21804Andres JonesGBR28:11.20 (9 h1)
10 h1 r1/22565Armando QuintanillaMEX28:14.54 (10 h1)
11 h1 r1/21055Sisay BezabehAUS28:21.63 (11 h1)
12 h1 r1/21322Sean KaleyCAN28:36.07 (12 h1)
13 h1 r1/21789Rob DenmarkGBR28:43.74 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/21361Mauricio DíazCHI28:05.61 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/21060Shaun CreightonAUS28:52.71 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/21559Yonas KifleERI28:08.59 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/22188Daniele CaimmiITA29:01.26 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/21326Jeff SchieblerCAN28:30.46 (15 h2)
16 h1 r1/21574Teodoro CuñadoESP29:10.90 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/22887Dmitry MaksimovRUS28:54.15 (16 h2)
17 h1 r1/22675Michael AishNZL29:31.83 (17 h1)
17 h2 r1/23264Alan CulpepperUSA29:00.71 (17 h2)

Round One (22 September 2000)

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

Heat One (21:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Haile GebrselassieETH27:50.01Q
215Patrick IvutiKEN27:50.10Q
37John KorirKEN27:50.19Q
48Assefa MezgebuETH27:50.64Q
53Toshinari TakaokaJPN27:59.95Q
64Samir MoussaouiALG28:08.22Q
79Abdi AbdirahmanUSA28:09.04Q
85Enrique MolinaESP28:09.76Q
913Andres JonesGBR28:11.20
1011Armando QuintanillaMEX28:14.54
1110Sisay BezabehAUS28:21.63
1216Sean KaleyCAN28:36.07
131Rob DenmarkGBR28:43.74
1412Shaun CreightonAUS28:52.71
1517Daniele CaimmiITA29:01.26
1614Teodoro CuñadoESP29:10.90
176Michael AishNZL29:31.83

Heat Two (22:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Girma TollaETH27:44.01Q
210Paul TergatKEN27:44.07Q
39Katsuhiko HanadaJPN27:45.13Q
417Mohammed MourhitBEL27:45.75Q
511Saïd BériouiMAR27:45.83Q
68Karl KeskaGBR27:48.29Q
712José David GalvánMEX27:49.53Q
82Aloÿs NizigamaBDI27:50.09Q
96José RíosESP27:51.40q
1013José RamosPOR27:56.30q
1115Meb KeflezighiUSA27:58.96q
121Rachid BerradiITA28:01.18q
134Mauricio DíazCHI28:05.61
145Yonas KifleERI28:08.59
153Jeff SchieblerCAN28:30.46
1614Dmitry MaksimovRUS28:54.15
1716Alan CulpepperUSA29:00.71

Final (25 September 2000 — 22:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
119Haile GebrselassieETH27:18.20
28Paul TergatKEN27:18.29
32Assefa MezgebuETH27:19.75
416Patrick IvutiKEN27:20.44
520John KorirKEN27:24.75
67Saïd BériouiMAR27:37.83
79Toshinari TakaokaJPN27:40.44
86Karl KeskaGBR27:44.09
912Aloÿs NizigamaBDI27:44.56
1018Abdi AbdirahmanUSA27:46.17
1115Girma TollaETH27:49.75
1213Meb KeflezighiUSA27:53.63
1311José David GalvánMEX27:54.56
144José RamosPOR28:07.43
1517Katsuhiko HanadaJPN28:08.11
163Samir MoussaouiALG28:17.25
1710Rachid BerradiITA28:45.96
181José RíosESP28:50.31
AC14Enrique MolinaESPDNF
AC5Mohammed MourhitBELDNF

Splits

1000 m2:39.52Aloÿs Nizigama
2000 m5:23.31Aloÿs Nizigama
3000 m8:08.03Aloÿs Nizigama
4000 m10:55.47Patrick Ivuti
5000 m13:45.88Aloÿs Nizigama
6000 m16:31.19Patrick Ivuti
7000 m19:24.63Aloÿs Nizigama
8000 m22:04.46John Korir
9000 m24:44.09John Korir