Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres
|Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Stadium|
|Dates||August 25 to August 28|
|Competitors||36 from 22 nations|
|Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The final saw an epic clash between two track greats from different generations: in his final competitive international race, 1500m champion and track legend Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco and 10,000 meter Olympic champion, world record holder at the distance and rising star 21-year-old Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia.
Despite finding himself boxed in with 200m remaining and trailing Bekele by several metres, El Guerrouj ran down and overhauled the Ethiopian in the final 30m to win by just 0.2s. In doing so he completed the Olympic 1500m and 5000m double, not won since 1924 and denied Bekele the Olympic 5000 and 10,000m double - which he would ultimately win 4 years later.
|World record||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||12:37.35||Hengelo, Netherlands||31 May 2004|
|Olympic record||Saïd Aouita (MAR)||13:05.59||Los Angeles, USA||11 August 1984|
The first round comprised two heats with the first five in each plus the next five fastest losers progressing to the final.
|Hicham El Guerrouj||Morocco||13:14.39|
|10||Ali Saidi Sief||Algeria||13:32.57|
|11||Tim Broe||United States||13:33.06|
|12||Alistair Ian Cragg||Ireland||13:43.06|