10,000 metres

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10,000 metres
Mens 10000m final sydney olympics 2000.jpg
10,000 metres at Sydney 2000.
Men's records
World  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 (2005)
Olympic  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:01.17 (2008)
Women's records
World  Almaz Ayana (ETH) 29:17.45 (2016)
Olympic  Almaz Ayana (ETH) 29:17.45 (2016)

The 10,000 metres or 10,000-meter run is a common long-distance track running event. The event is part of the athletics programme at the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics and is common at championship level events. The race consists of 25 laps around an Olympic-sized track. It is less commonly held at track and field meetings, due to its duration. The 10,000 metres track race is usually distinguished from its road running counterpart, the 10K run, by its reference to the distance in metres rather than kilometres.

The 10,000 metres is the longest standard track event. The international distance is equal to approximately 6.2137 miles (or, approximately 32,808.4 feet). Most of those running such races also compete in road races and cross country events.

Taisto Mäki breaks the 30-minute barrier in 1939.

Added to the Olympic program in 1912, athletes from Finland, nicknamed the "Flying Finns", dominated the event until the late 1940s. In the 1960s, African runners began to come to the fore.[1] In 1988, the women's competition debuted in the Olympic Games.

Official records are kept for outdoor 10,000 metres track events.[2] The world record for men is held by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 26:17.53, posted at Brussels, Belgium on August 26, 2005. For women, the world track 10,000 metres record is held by Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia in 29:17.45 to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016.

The 10,000 metres demands exceptional levels of aerobic endurance, and elite athletes typically train in excess of 160 km (100 miles) a week.[citation needed]

All-time top 25[edit]


Kenenisa Bekele (right), the current 10,000 m world record holder.

(Updated May 2014)[2]

Pos Time Athlete Venue Date
1 26:17.53  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) Brussels August 26, 2005
2 26:22.75  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) Hengelo June 1, 1998
3 26:27.85  Paul Tergat (KEN) Brussels August 22, 1997
4 26:30.03  Nicholas Kemboi (KEN) Brussels September 5, 2003
5 26:30.74  Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) Hengelo May 29, 2005
6 26:35.63  Micah Kogo (KEN) Brussels August 25, 2006
7 26:36.26  Paul Koech (KEN) Brussels August 22, 1997
8 26:37.25  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Brussels August 25, 2006
9 26:38.08  Salah Hissou (MAR) Brussels August 23, 1996
10 26:38.76  Abdullah Ahmad Hassan (QAT) Brussels September 5, 2003
11 26:39.69  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) Hengelo May 31, 2004
12 26:39.77  Boniface Kiprop Toroitich (UGA) Brussels August 26, 2005
13 26:41.75  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) Brussels August 26, 2005
14 26:43.98  Lucas Kimeli Rotich (KEN) Brussels September 7, 2011
15 26:44.36  Galen Rupp (USA) Eugene May 30, 2014
16 26:46.57  Mo Farah (GBR) Eugene June 3, 2011
17 26:48.35  Imane Merga (ETH) Eugene June 3, 2011
18 26:48.99  Josphat Bett Kipkoech (KEN) Eugene June 3, 2011
19 26:49.02  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) Hengelo May 26, 2007
20 26:49.20  Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN) Brussels September 14, 2007
21 26:49.38  Sammy Kipketer (KEN) Brussels August 30, 2002
22 26:49.41  Paul Kipngetich Tanui (KEN) Eugene May 30, 2014
23 26:49.55  Moses Mosop (KEN) Hengelo May 26, 2007
24 26:49.90  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH) Brussels August 30, 2002
25 26:50.20  Richard Limo (KEN) Brussels August 30, 2002


(Updated August 2016)[3]

Pos. Time Athlete Date Venue Ref
1 29:17.45  Almaz Ayana (ETH) 12 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [4]
2 29:31.78  Wang Junxia (CHN) 8 September 1993 Beijing
3 29:32.53  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 12 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [4]
4 29:42.56  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 12 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [4]
5 29:53.51  Alice Aprot Nawowuna (KEN) 12 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [4]
6 29:53.80  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 14 June 2009 Utrecht
7 29:56.34  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 15 August 2008 Beijing
8 29.59.20  Meseret Defar (ETH) 11 July 2009 Birmingham
9 30:01.09  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 6 August 2002 Munich
10 30:04.18  Berhane Adere (ETH) 23 August 2003 Saint-Denis
11 30:07.15  Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 23 August 2003 Saint-Denis
12 30:07.20  Sun Yingjie (CHN) 23 August 2003 Saint-Denis
13 30:07.78  Betsy Saina (KEN) 12 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [4]
14 30:11.53  Florence Jebet Kiplagat (KEN) 14 June 2009 Utrecht
15 30:11.87  Wude Ayalew (ETH) 14 June 2009 Utrecht
16 30:12.53  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 23 August 2003 Saint-Denis
17 30:13.17  Molly Huddle (USA) 12 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [4]
18 30:13.37  Zhong Huandi (CHN) 8 September 1993 Beijing
19 30:13.74  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 5 July 1986 Oslo
20 30:17.49  Derartu Tulu (ETH) 30 September 2000 Sydney
21 30:18.39  Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH) 28 June 2005 Sollentuna
22 30:22.22  Shalane Flanagan (USA) 15 August 2008 Beijing
23 30:22.48  Gete Wami (ETH) 30 September 2000 Sydney
24 30:22.88  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 30 September 2000 Sydney
25 30:23.07  Alla Zhilyaeva (RUS) 23 August 2003 Saint-Denis

Olympic medalists[edit]


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Stockholm
 Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN)  Lewis Tewanima (USA)  Albin Stenroos (FIN)
1920 Antwerp
 Paavo Nurmi (FIN)  Joseph Guillemot (FRA)  James Wilson (GBR)
1924 Paris
 Ville Ritola (FIN)  Edvin Wide (SWE)  Eero Berg (FIN)
1928 Amsterdam
 Paavo Nurmi (FIN)  Ville Ritola (FIN)  Edvin Wide (SWE)
1932 Los Angeles
 Janusz Kusociński (POL)  Volmari Iso-Hollo (FIN)  Lasse Virtanen (FIN)
1936 Berlin
 Ilmari Salminen (FIN)  Arvo Askola (FIN)  Volmari Iso-Hollo (FIN)
1948 London
 Emil Zátopek (TCH)  Alain Mimoun (FRA)  Bertil Albertsson (SWE)
1952 Helsinki
 Emil Zátopek (TCH)  Alain Mimoun (FRA)  Aleksandr Anufriyev (URS)
1956 Melbourne
 Vladimir Kuts (URS)  József Kovács (HUN)  Al Lawrence (AUS)
1960 Rome
 Pyotr Bolotnikov (URS)  Hans Grodotzki (EUA)  Dave Power (AUS)
1964 Tokyo
 Billy Mills (USA)  Mohammed Gammoudi (TUN)  Ron Clarke (AUS)
1968 Mexico City
 Naftali Temu (KEN)  Mamo Wolde (ETH)  Mohammed Gammoudi (TUN)
1972 Munich
 Lasse Virén (FIN)  Emiel Puttemans (BEL)  Miruts Yifter (ETH)
1976 Montreal
 Lasse Virén (FIN)  Carlos Lopes (POR)  Brendan Foster (GBR)
1980 Moscow
 Miruts Yifter (ETH)  Kaarlo Maaninka (FIN)  Mohamed Kedir (ETH)
1984 Los Angeles
 Alberto Cova (ITA)  Mike McLeod (GBR)  Michael Musyoki (KEN)
1988 Seoul
 Brahim Boutayeb (MAR)  Salvatore Antibo (ITA)  Kipkemboi Kimeli (KEN)
1992 Barcelona
 Khalid Skah (MAR)  Richard Chelimo (KEN)  Addis Abebe (ETH)
1996 Atlanta
 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Paul Tergat (KEN)  Saleh Hissou (MAR)
2000 Sydney
 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Paul Tergat (KEN)  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH)
2004 Athens
 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)  Zersenay Tadese (ERI)
2008 Beijing
 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)  Micah Kogo (KEN)
2012 London
 Mo Farah (GBR)  Galen Rupp (USA)  Tariku Bekele (ETH)
2016 Rio de Janeiro
 Mo Farah (GBR)  Paul Tanui (KEN)  Tamirat Tola (ETH)


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1988 Seoul
 Olga Bondarenko (URS)  Liz McColgan (GBR)  Yelena Zhupiyeva-Vyazova (URS)
1992 Barcelona
 Derartu Tulu (ETH)  Elana Meyer (RSA)  Lynn Jennings (USA)
1996 Atlanta
 Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)  Wang Junxia (CHN)  Gete Wami (ETH)
2000 Sydney
 Derartu Tulu (ETH)  Gete Wami (ETH)  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)
2004 Athens
 Xing Huina (CHN)  Ejagayehu Dibaba (ETH)  Derartu Tulu (ETH)
2008 Beijing
 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)  Shalane Flanagan (USA)
2012 London
 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Sally Kipyego (KEN)  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)
2016 Rio de Janeiro
 Almaz Ayana (ETH)  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)

World Championships medalists[edit]


Championship Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki  Alberto Cova (ITA)  Werner Schildhauer (GDR)  Hansjörg Kunze (GDR)
1987 Rome  Paul Kipkoech (KEN)  Francesco Panetta (ITA)  Hansjörg Kunze (GDR)
1991 Tokyo  Moses Tanui (KEN)  Richard Chelimo (KEN)  Khalid Skah (MAR)
1993 Stuttgart  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Moses Tanui (KEN)  Richard Chelimo (KEN)
1995 Gothenburg  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Khalid Skah (MAR)  Paul Tergat (KEN)
1997 Athens  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Paul Tergat (KEN)  Salah Hissou (MAR)
1999 Seville  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Paul Tergat (KEN)  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH)
2001 Edmonton  Charles Kamathi (KEN)  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH)  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
2003 Paris  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)
2005 Helsinki  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)  Moses Mosop (KEN)
2007 Osaka  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)  Martin Mathathi (KEN)
2009 Berlin  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Zersenay Tadese (ERI)  Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN)
2011 Daegu  Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH)  Mo Farah (GBR)  Imane Merga (ETH)
2013 Moscow  Mo Farah (GBR)  Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH)  Paul Tanui (KEN)
2015 Beijing  Mo Farah (GBR)  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN)  Paul Tanui (KEN)


Championship Gold Silver Bronze
1987 Rome  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)  Yelena Zhupiyeva (URS)  Kathrin Ullrich (GDR)
1991 Tokyo  Liz McColgan (GBR)  Zhong Huandi (CHN)  Wang Xiuting (CHN)
1993 Stuttgart  Wang Junxia (CHN)  Zhong Huandi (CHN)  Sally Barsosio (KEN)
1995 Gothenburg  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)  Derartu Tulu (ETH)  Tegla Loroupe (KEN)
1997 Athens  Sally Barsosio (KEN)  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)  Masako Chiba (JPN)
1999 Seville  Gete Wami (ETH)  Paula Radcliffe (GBR)  Tegla Loroupe (KEN)
2001 Edmonton  Derartu Tulu (ETH)  Berhane Adere (ETH)  Gete Wami (ETH)
2003 Paris  Berhane Adere (ETH)  Werknesh Kidane (ETH)  Sun Yingjie (CHN)
2005 Helsinki  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Berhane Adere (ETH)  Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH)
2007 Osaka  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)  Kara Goucher (USA)
2009 Berlin  Linet Masai (KEN)  Meselech Melkamu (ETH)  Wude Ayalew (ETH)
2011 Daegu  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)  Sally Kipyego (KEN)  Linet Masai (KEN)
2013 Moscow  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Gladys Cherono (KEN)  Belaynesh Oljira (ETH)
2015 Beijing  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)  Gelete Burka (ETH)  Emily Infeld (USA)

European medalists[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1934 Turin
 Ilmari Salminen (FIN)  Arvo Askola (FIN)  Henry Nielsen (DEN)
1938 Paris
 Ilmari Salminen (FIN)  Giuseppe Beviacqua (ITA)  Max Syring (GER)
1946 Oslo
 Viljo Heino (FIN)  Helge Perälä (FIN)  András Csaplár (HUN)
1950 Brussels
 Emil Zátopek (TCH)  Alain Mimoun (FRA)  Väinö Koskela (FIN)
1954 Berne
 Emil Zátopek (TCH)  József Kovács (HUN)  Frank Sando (GBR)
1958 Stockholm
 Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (POL)  Yevgeni Zhukov (URS)  Nikolay Pudov (URS)
1962 Belgrade
 Pyotr Bolotnikov (URS)  Friedrich Janke (GDR)  Henry Fowler (GBR)
1966 Budapest
 Jürgen Haase (GDR)  Lajos Mecser (HUN)  Leonid Michienko (URS)
1969 Athens
 Jürgen Haase (GDR)  Michael Tagg (GBR)  Nikolay Sviridov (URS)
1971 Helsinki
 Juha Väätäinen (FIN)  Jürgen Haase (GDR)  Rashid Sharafetdinov (URS)
1974 Rome
 Manfred Kuschmann (GDR)  Tony Simmons (GBR)  Giuseppe Cindolo (ITA)
1978 Prague
 Martti Vainio (FIN)  Venanzio Ortis (ITA)  Aleksandr Antipov (URS)
1982 Athens
 Alberto Cova (ITA)  Werner Schildhauer (GDR)  Martti Vainio (FIN)
1986 Stuttgart
 Stefano Mei (ITA)  Alberto Cova (ITA)  Salvatore Antibo (ITA)
1990 Split
 Salvatore Antibo (ITA)  Are Nakkim (NOR)  Stefano Mei (ITA)
1994 Helsinki
 Abel Antón (ESP)  Vincent Rousseau (BEL)  Stéphane Franke (GER)
1998 Budapest
 António Pinto (POR)  Dieter Baumann (GER)  Stéphane Franke (GER)
2002 Munich
 José Manuel Martínez (ESP)  Dieter Baumann (GER)  José Ríos (ESP)
2006 Gothenburg
 Jan Fitschen (GER)  José Manuel Martínez (ESP)  Juan Carlos de la Ossa (ESP)
2010 Barcelona
 Mo Farah (GBR)  Chris Thompson (GBR)  Daniele Meucci (ITA)
2012 Helsinki
 Polat Kemboi Arıkan (TUR)  Daniele Meucci (ITA)  Yevgeny Rybakov (RUS)
2014 Zürich
 Mo Farah (GBR)  Andy Vernon (GBR)  Ali Kaya (TUR)

Season's bests[edit]

(As of 13 November 2015)[2][3]



  1. ^ http://olympics.india-server.com/track-field/10000m-sprint-men.html
  2. ^ a b c "10,000 Metres - men - senior - outdoor | iaaf.org". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b "10,000 Metres - women - senior - outdoor | iaaf.org". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Women's 10000m Results" (PDF). Rio 2016 official website. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 

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