Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10000 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Mens 10000 m medal ceremony - 2012 Olympics.jpg
Podium
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 4 August
Competitors 29 from 18 nations
Winning time 27:30.42
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Ethiopia
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The Men's 10,000 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 4 August.[1]

The race was won by Mo Farah, the reigning 5000 metres World Champion, in a time of 27:30.42. From the beginning Farah stayed close to the race leaders, who on the first lap were the defending champion Kenenisa Bekele and his brother Tariku. After six laps, the half marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese and his Eritrean teammates began to push the pace. At the same time, Moses Kipsiro went down, causing the field to scatter and Farah to fall back in the field with his American training partner Galen Rupp. When Tariku Bekele came up behind Tadese, his attempt to force the pace slowed. The 5000 metre mark was reached in 14:05.79, with Tadesse in front, though Bedan Karoki Muchiri took the lead soon after. Thirteen runners remained in the lead pack including three Ethiopians, three Eritreans, two Kenyans, Kipsiro, Polat Kemboi Arikan, Farah and Rupp. Strategic play continued as Tariku elbowed Farah, causing him to step to the outside ready to cover a move. Then the third Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam, ran to the front, but rather than forcing the pace, he seemed to slow it down. With two laps to go, Tariku Bekele regained the lead, with Farah on his shoulder and Moses Ndiema Masai, Rupp and Michuri following in close formation. At the start of the final lap, Farah made his move into the lead. For most of the last lap, Tariku Bekele, Muchuri, Rupp, and Kenenisa Bekele respectively remained in tow until the final turn at which point Farah pulled away for the win with a final lap of 53.48 seconds. With 60m left, Rupp went outside and outsprinted Tariku Bekele to take the silver medal. Tariku Bekele held on for third place just ahead of his older brother and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele.[2]

Farah's gold medal was the final of three gold medals in one evening for the host country, their most successful day in Olympic history.[3]

Competition format[edit]

Only a final, without preliminary heats, was held.[4]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005
Olympic record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:01.17 Beijing, China 17 August 2008
2012 World leading  Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 27:01.98 Eugene, OR, United States 1 June 2012

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 21:15 Finals

Results[edit]

2012 Olympics - Mens 10000 m.jpg
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Mo Farah Great Britain 27:30.42
2 Galen Rupp United States 27:30.90
3 Tariku Bekele Ethiopia 27:31.43
4 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 27:32.44
5 Bedan Karoki Muchiri Kenya 27:32.94
6 Zersenay Tadese Eritrea 27:33.51
7 Teklemariam Medhin Eritrea 27:34.76
8 Gebregziabher Gebremariam Ethiopia 27:36.34
9 Polat Kemboi Arikan Turkey 27:38.81 PB
10 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro Uganda 27:39.22
11 Cameron Levins Canada 27:40.68
12 Moses Ndiema Masai Kenya 27:41.34
13 Dathan Ritzenhein United States 27:45.89
14 Robert Kajuga Rwanda 27:56.67 PB
15 Nguse Tesfaldet Eritrea 27:56.78
16 Thomas Ayeko Uganda 27:58.96
17 Moukheld Al-Outaibi Saudi Arabia 28:07.25
18 Mohammed Ahmed Canada 28:13.91
19 Matthew Tegenkamp United States 28:18.26
20 Ben St.Lawrence Australia 28:32.67
21 Diego Estrada Mexico 28:36.19
22 Yuki Sato Japan 28:44.06
23 Ayad Lamdassem Spain 28:49.85
24 Daniele Meucci Italy 28:57.46
25 Christopher Thompson Great Britain 29:06.14
26 Mykola Labovskyy Ukraine 29:32.12
Ali Hasan Mahboob Bahrain DNF
Bayron Piedra Ecuador DNF
Wilson Kiprop Kenya DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Golden Mo-ment! Farah wins 10,000m to complete stunning night for Britain". Daily Mail. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ World Sports News: Today at the Olympics – Day 9
  4. ^ "Men's 10,000m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.