Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates August 20
Competitors 24 from 14 nations
Gold medal    Ethiopia
Silver medal    Ethiopia
Bronze medal    Eritrea
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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
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100 m hurdles women
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3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
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Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
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Long jump men women
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Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
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Wheelchair races

The men's 10,000 metres was one of 23 track events of the athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens. It was contested at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 20, by a total of 24 athletes from 14 nations. No preliminary rounds were held at this distance, since the number of competitors allowed a direct final.

The Ethiopians were in control throughout the distance. A leading group of five runners crystallised. As Bekele and Sihine turned up the pace with two kilometres left, Tadese, Kiprop and reigning champion Gebrselassie, who was running with a calf injury, were not able to keep up. Bekele, the world record holder, assured his victory with a brilliant Olympic record finish (27:05.10 minutes), completing the final 400 metres in less than 54 seconds.


The Olympic qualification period for the athletics ran from January 1, 2003 to August 9, 2004. For this event, each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was permitted to enter up to three athletes, provided they had run below 27:49.00 minutes during this period in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments. If an NOC had no athletes qualified under this standard, it could enter up to one athlete that had run below 28:06.00 minutes.


World and Olympic records prior to the Games.

World Record 26:20.31 Ethiopia Kenenisa Bekele Ostrava (Czech Republic) June 8, 2004
Olympic Record 27:07.34 Ethiopia Haile Gebreselassie Atlanta (USA) 29 July 1996


Athletes take off at the start of the men's 10000 metres final.

All times shown are in minutes. The following abbreviations are used:

  • DNF denotes "did not finish"
  • OR denotes "Olympic record"
  • NR denotes "national record"
  • SB denotes "season best"

The final was held on August 20.

Rank Athlete Time
Gold medal icon.svg  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:05.10 OR
Silver medal icon.svg  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 27:09.39
Bronze medal icon.svg  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 27:22.57 NR
4  Boniface Kiprop Toroitich (UGA) 27:25.48 SB
5  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 27:27.70
6  John Cheruiyot Korir (KEN) 27:41.91 SB
7  Moses Mosop (KEN) 27:46.61
8  Ismaïl Sghyr (FRA) 27:57.09
9  José Manuel Martínez (ESP) 27:57.61
10  Fabiano Joseph Naasi (TAN) 28:01.94 SB
11  Wilson Busienei (UGA) 28:10.75
12  Dan Browne (USA) 28:14.53
13  Charles Kamathi (KEN) 28:17.08
14  Kamiel Maase (NED) 28:23.39
15  Abdihakem Abdirahman (USA) 28:26.26
16  Yonas Kifle (ERI) 28:29.87
17  Dieudonne Disi (RWA) 28:43.19
18  Mohammed Amyne (MAR) 28:55.96
19  Ryuji Ono (JPN) 29:06.50
20  Teodoro Vega (MEX) 29:06.55
21  David Galván (MEX) 29:38.05
 John Henwood (NZL) DNF
 John Yuda Msuri (TAN) DNF
 Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) DNF