Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
DatesSeptember 10
Competitors61 from 35 nations
Winning time13:26.4
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Lasse Virén
 Finland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mohamed Gammoudi
 Tunisia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ian Stewart
 Great Britain
← 1968
1976 →

The Men's 5000 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany took place on 7 and 10 September 1972.[1]

Having won the 10,000 metres a week earlier, Lasse Virén controlled the pace through the first 2000 metres in 5:32.61. David Bedford, tired of the slow pace, passing Viren and leading a crowd to go around to a faster pace. As the pace accelerated, Javier Álvarez came from the rear around the field to take the point for the next kilometre. At 3200 metres, Nikola Sviridov challenged for the lead.

Steve Prefontaine[2] took the lead at 3400 metres. Over the next lap, Viren came from sixth place in line to mark Prefontaine. Viren was in turn marked by Emiel Puttemans. A five man breakaway formed. With 850 metres to go, Viren passed Prefontaine. Down the back stretch, Prefontaine strained back into the lead. 50 metres before the bell, Viren took the lead again, with Mohammed Gammoudi breaking off the remaining group to mark the leaders.

Down the final backstretch, Gammoudi eased around Viren while Prefontaine hit almost a full sprint to get on Gammoudi's shoulder. With 200 to go, Prefontaine relaxed and Viren moved ahead of him. Prefontaine surged again to keep pace. In the middle of the final turn, Virén changed gears into his full sprint, taking the lead. Gammoudi couldn't keep pace and began to watch Prefontaine while trying to hold on to the silver medal. Mid-straightaway all three checked the position of their rivals as Prefontaine took one more surge after Gammoudi. As it was quickly clear he couldn't make enough progress, Prefontaine strained. Ian Stewart came from the chasing group in full sprint gaining rapidly. As Stewart caught him from behind, Prefontaine fell apart, struggling the final steps.[3][4]

Virén successfully defended both titles in 1976.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification rule: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the Final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Emiel Puttemans  Belgium 13:31.8 Q
2 2 Steve Prefontaine  United States 13:32.6 Q
3 4 Juha Väätäinen  Finland 13:32.8 Q
4 4 Ian Stewart  Great Britain 13:33.0 Q
5 2 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 13:33.4 Q
6 4 Mariano Haro  Spain 13:35.4 Q
7 2 Javier Álvarez  Spain 13:36.6 Q
8 3 Ian McCafferty  Great Britain 13:38.2 Q
9 3 Frank Eisenberg  East Germany 13:38.4 Q
9 5 Lasse Virén  Finland 13:38.4 Q
9 5 Nikola Sviridov  Soviet Union 13:38.4 Q
12 3 Per Halle  Norway 13:38.6 Q
13 5 Josef Jánský  Czechoslovakia 13:39.8
14 3 Dušan Moravčík  Czechoslovakia 13:40.4
15 5 George Young  United States 13:41.2
16 3 Paul Mose  Kenya 13:41.4
17 3 Tapio Kantanen  Finland 13:42.0
18 3 Tony Benson  Australia 13:42.8
19 5 Edmundo Warnke  Chile 13:43.6
20 2 Grant McLaren  Canada 13:43.8
21 5 Bob Finlay  Canada 13:44.0
22 5 Keisuke Sawaki  Japan 13:44.8
23 3 Boualem Rahoui  Algeria 13:45.0
24 2 Pedro Miranda  Mexico 13:45.2
25 4 Tolossa Kotu  Ethiopia 13:46.2
26 5 Bronisław Malinowski  Poland 13:48.2
27 1 Mohamed Gammoudi  Tunisia 13:49.8 Q
28 1 David Bedford  Great Britain 13:49.8 Q
29 3 Tekle Fitinsa  Ethiopia 13:50.4
30 4 Willy Polleunis  Belgium 13:52.6
31 3 Richard Tayler  New Zealand 13:56.2
32 1 Ben Jipcho  Kenya 13:56.8
33 1 Anders Gärderud  Sweden 13:57.2
34 4 Nikolay Puklakov  Soviet Union 13:57.6
35 1 Michael Keogh  Ireland 13:57.8
36 1 René Goris  Belgium 13:57.8
37 4 Mario Pérez  Mexico 13:58.2
38 3 Edward Sequeira  India 14:01.4
39 1 Arne Roald Risa  Norway 14:01.6
40 5 Jürgen May  West Germany 14:06.6
41 4 Leonard Hilton  United States 14:07.2
42 2 Vladimir Afonin  Soviet Union 14:08.6
43 5 Gavin Thorley  New Zealand 14:11.6
44 1 Takaharu Koyama  Japan 14:12.6
45 4 Wolfgang Riesinger  West Germany 14:15.2
46 4 Knut Børø  Norway 14:15.8
47 4 Jørn Lauenbourg  Denmark 14:18.8
48 5 Hikmet Şen  Turkey 14:26.0
49 1 Carlos Alberto Lopes  Portugal 14:29.6
50 2 Raymond Zembri  France 14:34.4
51 3 John Hartnett  Ireland 14:34.6
52 2 Dick Quax  New Zealand 14:35.2
53 4 Evans Mogaka  Kenya 14:37.2
54 4 Ngwila Musonda  Zambia 14:37.4
55 2 Gert Kærlin  Denmark 14:39.2
56 5 Fritz Rüegsegger  Switzerland 14:54.4
57 1 Nji Esau Ade  Cameroon 15:19.6
58 5 Usaia Sotutu  Fiji 15:24.2
59 1 Pehind Carappan Suppiah  Singapore 15:36.6
60 3 Abdullah Al-Mabrouk  Saudi Arabia 15:51.0
61 2 Carlos Cuque  Guatemala 15:53.4
1 Jadour Haddou  Morocco DNS
1 Siatka Badji  Senegal DNS
1 Dane Korica  Yugoslavia DNS
2 Mikhail Jelev  Bulgaria DNS
2 Ánge Pérez Jaime  Costa Rica DNS
2 Kerry O'Brian  Australia DNS
3 Jos Hermens  Netherlands DNS
4 Ardelham Khamis  Egypt DNS
5 Merus Yifter  Ethiopia DNS
5 Crispín Quispe  Bolivia DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Lasse Virén  Finland 13:26.4
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mohamed Gammoudi  Tunisia 13:27.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ian Stewart  Great Britain 13:27.6
4 Steve Prefontaine  United States 13:28.4
5 Emiel Puttemans  Belgium 13:30.8
6 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 13:32.6
7 Per Halle  Norway 13:34.4
8 Nikola Sviridov  Soviet Union 13:39.4
9 Frank Eisenberg  East Germany 13:40.8
10 Javier Álvarez  Spain 13:41.8
11 Ian McCafferty  Great Britain 13:43.2
12 David Bedford  Great Britain 13:43.2
13 Juha Väätäinen  Finland 13:53.8
Mariano Haro  Spain DNS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Games: Men's 5000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ Newnham, Blaine (September 10, 1972). "It's Pre versus the Europeans". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1C.
  3. ^ Newnham, Blaine (September 11, 1972). "Pre's warning for 1976: 'He'd better watch out'". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B.
  4. ^ Newnham, Blaine (June 1, 1975). "Only first". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B.

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