|Men||Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 26:11.00 (2020)|
|Women||Almaz Ayana (ETH) 29:17.45 (2016)|
|Men||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:01.17 (2008)|
|Women||Almaz Ayana (ETH) 29:17.45 (2016)|
|World Championship records|
|Men||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:46.31 (2009)|
|Women||Berhane Adere (ETH) 30:04.18 (2003)|
The 10,000 metres or the 10,000-metre run is a common long-distance track running event. The event is part of the athletics programme at the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships, 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-metre 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 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.
Added to the Olympic programme 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. In 1988, the women's competition debuted in the Olympic Games.
Official records are kept for outdoor 10,000-metre track events. The world record for men is held by Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda in 26:11.00, posted at Valencia, Spain on 7 October 2020. For women, the world track 10,000-metre record is held by Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia in 29:17.45 to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics on 12 August 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.
10,000 metres is the slightly longer metric derivative of the 6-mile run, an event common in countries when they were using the imperial measurement system. 6 miles was used in the Commonwealth Games until 1966 and was a championship in the United States in non-Olympic years from 1953 to 1973. It is 24 laps around a quarter mile (440 yard) 1320 ft 0 in (402.33 m) track.
All-time top 25
|1||26:11.00||Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)||7 October 2020||Valencia|||
|2||26:17.53||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||26 August 2005||Brussels|
|3||26:22.75||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||1 June 1998||Hengelo|
|4||26:27.85||Paul Tergat (KEN)||22 August 1997||Brussels|
|5||26:30.03||Nicholas Kemboi (KEN)||5 September 2003||Brussels|
|6||26:30.74||Abebe Dinkesa (ETH)||29 May 2005||Hengelo|
|7||26:35.63||Micah Kogo (KEN)||25 August 2006||Brussels|
|8||26:36.26||Paul Koech (KEN)||22 August 1997||Brussels|
|9||26:37.25||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||25 August 2006||Brussels|
|10||26:38.08||Salah Hissou (MAR)||23 August 1996||Brussels|
|11||26:38.76||Abdullah Ahmad Hassan (QAT)||5 September 2003||Brussels|
|12||26:39.69||Sileshi Sihine (ETH)||31 May 2004||Hengelo|
|13||26:39.77||Boniface Kiprop Toroitich (UGA)||26 August 2005||Brussels|
|14||26:41.75||Samuel Wanjiru (KEN)||26 August 2005||Brussels|
|15||26:43.98||Lucas Kimeli Rotich (KEN)||7 September 2011||Brussels|
|16||26:44.36||Galen Rupp (USA)||30 May 2014||Eugene|
|17||26:46.57||Mo Farah (GBR)||3 June 2011||Eugene|
|18||26:48.35||Imane Merga (ETH)||3 June 2011||Eugene|
|19||26:48.95||Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)||17 July 2019||Hengelo|||
|20||26:48.99||Josphat Bett Kipkoech (KEN)||3 June 2011||Eugene|
|21||26:49.02||Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)||26 May 2007||Hengelo|
|22||26:49.20||Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN)||14 September 2007||Brussels|
|23||26:49.34||Yomif Kejelcha (ETH)||6 October 2019||Doha|||
|24||26:49.38||Sammy Kipketer (KEN)||30 August 2002||Brussels|
|25||26:49.41||Paul Kipngetich Tanui (KEN)||30 May 2014||Eugene|
Below is a list of other times equal or faster than 26:48.36:
- Kenenisa Bekele also ran 26:20.31 (2004), 26:25.97 (2008), 26:28.72 (2005), 26:43.16 (2011), 26:46.19 (2007) and 26:46.31 (2009).
- Haile Gebrselassie also ran 26:29.22 (2003), 26:31.32 (1997), 26:41.58 (2004) and 26:43.53 (1995).
- Boniface Toroitich Kiprop also ran 26:41.95 (2006).
- Joshua Cheptegei also ran 26:48.36 (2019).
- Leonard Komon of Kenya ran the 10k road distance in a time of 26:44 in a world record performance in Utrecht on 26 September 2011. While run over the same distance, the time was set on a road course and is therefore not eligible to be considered among the top performances listed here.
|1||29:17.45||Almaz Ayana (ETH)||12 August 2016||Rio de Janeiro|||
|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||29:36.67||Sifan Hassan (NED)||10 October 2020||Hengelo|||
|5||29:42.56||Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)||12 August 2016||Rio de Janeiro|||
|6||29:53.51||Alice Aprot Nawowuna (KEN)||12 August 2016||Rio de Janeiro|||
|7||29:53.80||Meselech Melkamu (ETH)||14 June 2009||Utrecht|
|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|||
|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|||
|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||30:20.44||Hitomi Niiya (JPN)||4 December 2020||Osaka|||
|23||30:21.23||Letesenbet Gidey (ETH)||28 September 2019||Doha|||
|24||30:21.67||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||15 April 2006||Antalya|
|25||30:22.22||Shalane Flanagan (USA)||15 August 2008||Beijing|
Below is a list of other times equal or faster than 30:17.15:
- Tirunesh Dibaba also ran 29:54.66 (2008) and 30:15.67 (2005).
- Almaz Ayana also ran 30:07.00 (2016) and 30:16.32 (2017).
- Meseret Defar also ran 30:08.06 (2013).
- Paula Radcliffe also ran 30:17.15 (2004).
- Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey's time of 29:56.34 set in Beijing on 15 August 2008 was annulled due to doping offense.
- Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya ran the 10k distance in a time of 30:04 en route to her world record performance in the half-marathon in Prague on 1 April 2017. While run over the same distance, the time was set on a road course and is therefore ineligible to be considered among the top performances listed here.
- Violah Jepchumba of Kenya ran the 10k distance in a time of 30:05 en route to her personal best in the half-marathon in Prague on 1 April 2017. While run over the same distance, the time was set on a road course and is therefore ineligible to be considered among the top performances listed here.
World Championships medalists
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- Phil Minshull (7 October 2020). "Cheptegei and Gidey break world records in Valencia". World Athletics. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
- "Gebrhiwet and Gidey take 10,000m titles at Ethiopian trials in Hengelo". IAAF. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
- "10,000 Metres Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 6 October 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "10,000 Metres - women - senior - outdoor". www.worldathletics.org. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Women's 10000m Results" (PDF). Rio 2016 official website. August 11, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 13, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
- Bob Ramsak (10 October 2020). "Hassan shatters European 10,000m record with 29:36.67 in Hengelo". World Athletics. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- Bob Ramsak (4 December 2020). "Niiya and Aizawa smash Japanese 10,000m records in Osaka". World Athletics. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
- "10000m Results" (PDF). IAAF. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.