Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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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
Medalists
Gold medal    Morocco
Silver medal    Ethiopia
Bronze medal    Kenya
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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The 5,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 25 and August 28.

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.

Records[edit]

World record Ethiopia 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

Event Summary[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

The first round comprised two heats with the first five in each plus the next five fastest losers progressing to the final.

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 2 Ali Saidi Sief Algeria 13:18.94 Q
2 2 Eliud Kipchoge Kenya 13:19.01 Q
3 2 Dejene Berhanu Ethiopia 13:19.42 Q
4 2 John Kibowen Kenya 13:19.65 Q
5 2 Abderrahim Goumri Morocco 13:20.03 Q
6 2 Tim Broe United States 13:20.29 q
7 1 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 13:21.16 Q
8 1 Gebregziabher Gebremariam Ethiopia 13:21.20 Q
9 1 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 13:21.87 Q
10 1 Craig Mottram Australia 13:21.88 Q
11 2 Zersenay Tadese Eritrea 13:22.17 q
12 1 Abraham Chebii Kenya 13:22.30 Q
13 1 Hicham Bellani Morocco 13:22.64 q
14 1 Alistair Ian Cragg Ireland 13:23.01 q
15 1 Samir Moussaoui Algeria 13:24.98 q
16 1 Sultan Khamis Zaman Qatar 13:26.52
17 1 John Mayock Great Britain 13:26.81
18 2 Samson Kiflemariam Eritrea 13:26.97
19 2 Roberto García Spain 13:27.71
20 1 Günther Weidlinger Austria 13:29.32
21 2 Khoudir Aggoune Algeria 13:29.37
22 1 Christian Belz Switzerland 13:29.59
23 2 Fabiano Joseph Naasi Tanzania 13:31.89
24 1 Alejandro Suarez Mexico 13:35.32
25 2 Marius Bakken Norway 13:36.38
26 1 Jonathon Riley United States 13:38.79
27 1 Mohammed Abdelhak Zakaria Bahrain 13:42.04
28 2 Freddy González Venezuela 13:42.44
29 2 Tom Compernolle Belgium 13:43.44
30 2 Mark Carroll Ireland 13:46.81
31 2 Carles Castillejo Spain 13:49.16
32 2 Michael Aish New Zealand 13:50.00
33 1 Monder Rizki Belgium 14:03.58
34 2 Rajendra Bahadur Bhandari Nepal 14:04.89 NR
35 1 Serhiy Lebid Ukraine 14:10.23
1 Carlos García Spain DNF

Finals[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 13:14.39
2 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 13:14.59
3 Eliud Kipchoge Kenya 13:15.10
4 Gebregziabher Gebremariam Ethiopia 13:15.35
5 Dejene Berhanu Ethiopia 13:16.92
6 John Kibowen Kenya 13:18.24
7 Zersenay Tadese Eritrea 13:24.31
8 Craig Mottram Australia 13:25.70
9 Hicham Bellani Morocco 13:31.81
10 Ali Saidi Sief Algeria 13:32.57
11 Tim Broe United States 13:33.06
12 Alistair Ian Cragg Ireland 13:43.06
13 Abderrahim Goumri Morocco 13:47.27
14 Samir Moussaoui Algeria 14:02.01
Abraham Chebii Kenya DNF

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