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10,000 metres, Men

Date20 August 2004 — 22:35
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants24 from 14 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 27:07.34 / Haile Gebrselassie ETH / 29 July 1996

After winning the World Championships four consecutive times (1993-99), Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie had come back to the field slightly by 2004. He had finished third at the 2001 Worlds, and in 2003, placed second to his countryman, Kenenisa Bekele. Bekele had also won the International Cross-Country from 2002-2004, and had broken Geb’s world record earlier in 2004 and was favored in Athens. After seven laps, the Ethiopians (including Sileshi Sihine) took off and forced the pace. On the 22nd lap, Bekele and Sihine had dropped the other runners, but on the final lap, Sihine had no match for Bekele’s speed. Bekele ran the final lap in 52.9 seconds, and the final 200 in 25.7 to win the gold medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
11657Kenenisa BekeleETH27:05.10GoldOR
21672Sileshi SihineETH27:09.39Silver
31553Zersenay TadeseERI27:22.57Bronze
43158Boniface KipropUGA27:25.48
51665Haile GebrselassieETH27:27.70
62346John KorirKEN27:41.91
72352Moses MosopKEN27:46.61
81771Smail SghyrFRA27:57.09
91601José Manuel MartínezESP27:57.61
103090Fabiano NaasiTAN28:01.94
113156Wilson Kipkemei BusieneiUGA28:10.75
123235Dan BrowneUSA28:14.53
132337Charles KamathiKEN28:17.08
142571Kamiel MaaseNED28:23.39
153221Abdi AbdirahmanUSA28:26.26
161554Yonas KifleERI28:29.87
172977Dieudonné DisiRWA28:43.19
182459Mohamed AmynMAR28:55.96
192283Ryuji OnoJPN29:06.50
202534Teodoro VegaMEX29:06.55
212514José David GalvánMEX29:38.05
AC2636John HenwoodNZLDNF
AC3332Dathan RitzenheinUSADNF
AC3096John YudaTANDNF

Splits

1000 m2:50.85Dieudonné Disi
2000 m5:45.16Dieudonné Disi
3000 m8:33.98Haile Gebrselassie
4000 m11:15.87Kenenisa Bekele
5000 m13:50.87Sileshi Sihine
6000 m16:34.51Kenenisa Bekele
7000 m19:11.92Sileshi Sihine
8000 m21:57.18Boniface Kiprop
9000 m24:37.19Sileshi Sihine