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
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates September 10
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Lasse Virén  Finland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mohamed Gammoudi  Tunisia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ian Stewart  Great Britain
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Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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The Men's 5000 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany took place on 7 and 10 September 1972.

Steve Prefontaine[1] took the lead in the final during the last mile and ended the slow pace of the first two miles. In second place at the start of the bell lap, he fell back to third with 200 meters to go. Lasse Virén took the lead in the final turn over silver medalist Mohammed Gammoudi. Prefontaine ran out of gas with 30 meters to go as Britain's hard-charging Ian Stewart caught him from behind and moved into third place within ten meters of the finish, depriving Prefontaine of an Olympic bronze medal.[2][3]

Virén also won the 10,000 metres a week earlier, and 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 Nikola 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 Kaerulin  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
62 1 Jadour Haddou  Morocco DNS
62 1 Siatka Badji  Senegal DNS
62 1 Dane Korica  Yugoslavia DNS
62 2 Mikhail Jelev  Bulgaria DNS
62 2 Ánge Pérez Jaime  Costa Rica DNS
62 2 Kerry O'Brian  Australia DNS
62 3 Jos Hermens  Netherlands DNS
62 4 Ardelham Khamis  Egypt DNS
62 5 Merus Yifter  Ethiopia DNS
62 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
14 Mariano Haro  Spain DNS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newnham, Blaine (September 10, 1972). "It's Pre versus the Europeans". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1C. 
  2. ^ Newnham, Blaine (September 11, 1972). "Pre's warning for 1976: 'He'd better watch out'". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ Newnham, Blaine (June 1, 1975). "Only first". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B.