Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
VenuesLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dates8–11 August
Competitors56 from 42 nations
Winning time13:05.56
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Saïd Aouita
 Morocco
2nd, silver medalist(s) Markus Ryffel
 Switzerland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) António Leitão
 Portugal
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These are the official results of the Men's 5000 metres event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Saïd Aouita
 Morocco
Silver Markus Ryffel
 Switzerland
Bronze António Leitão
 Portugal

Abbreviations[edit]

Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 13:00.41 United Kingdom David Moorcroft Oslo (NOR) July 7, 1982
Olympic Record 13:20.34 United Kingdom Brendan Foster Montreal (CAN) July 28, 1976

Final[edit]

Contrary to many other major international championships long-distance running finals, this race was run at a consistently fast pace. The two Portuguese runners who had qualified for the final, Antonio Leitão and Ezequiel Canario, clearly tried to exhaust the strongest pre-final favourites, such as Morocco's Saïd Aouita. Canario set the stage for this classic showdown between Aouita, Leitão and Switzerland's Markus Ryffel by taking the lead already on the first bend. By 800 metres, the world record holder, Britain's David Moorcroft, had already dropped to the last place. At 1,000 metres, Canario was still leading in 2:37.73. Moorcroft was painstakingly trying to remain in the lead group, with a four- or five-metre gap between him and New Zealand's John Walker. By 1,200 metres, when Leitão moved into the lead, Moorcroft dropped decisively from the lead group. At 2,000 metres, Leitão led in 5:17.76. During the third kilometre, Leitão and Canario alternated in the lead, while Ireland's Raymond Flynn and Britain's Eamonn Martin started to struggle. Flynn dropped from the lead group before 3,000 metres, which Leitão reached, still leading the field, in 7:59.25. Shortly after 3,000 metres, Martin and Sweden's Mats Erixon lost contact with the lead group. Between 3,400 and 3,800 metres, also Kenya's Wilson Waigwa, Canario, the United States' Doug Padilla and Walker had to let the six-man lead group escape from them. At 4,000 metres, Leitão kept leading the race, with his split time of 10:38.76 suggesting that the final's winner would break 13:10. Aouita, Ryffel, Britain's Tim Hutchings, Kenya's Paul Kipkoech and another Kenyan, Charles Cheruiyot, were still following Leitão. Before 4,200 metres, Cheruiyot dropped from Leitão's pace, and by 4,500 metres, Kipkoech and Hutchings tired out as well. At 4,600 metres, Leitão led in 12:10.40. On the last back straight, Aouita and Ryffel passed Leitão. On the final bend, Aouita stretched his lead over Ryffel to five metres. Despite slowing down somewhat near the finish line, Aouita won Ryffel by nearly two seconds. (See for example YouTube (user: tommytempo1); Suuri Olympiateos / The Great Olympic Book, Helsinki, Finland, 1984.)

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 13:05.59 OR
Med 2.png  Markus Ryffel (SUI) 13:07.54
Med 3.png  António Leitão (POR) 13:09.20
4.  Tim Hutchings (GBR) 13:11.50
5.  Paul Kipkoech (KEN) 13:14.40
6.  Charles Cheruiyot (KEN) 13:18.41
7.  Doug Padilla (USA) 13:23.56
8.  John Walker (NZL) 13:24.46
9.  Ezequiel Canário (POR) 13:26.50
10.  Wilson Waigwa (KEN) 13:27.34
11.  Ray Flynn (IRL) 13:34.50
12.  Mats Erixon (SWE) 13:41.64
13.  Eamonn Martin (GBR) 13:53.34
14.  David Moorcroft (GBR) 14:16.61
 Martti Vainio (FIN) DNS 1

1 Vainio was not permitted to start in the final after he tested positive for metenolone following the 10000 meters final.

Semifinals[edit]

  • Top six in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Wilson Waigwa (KEN) 13:38.59
2.  António Leitão (POR) 13:39.76
3.  Markus Ryffel (SUI) 13:40.08
4.  Ray Flynn (IRL) 13:40.74
5.  Eamonn Martin (GBR) 13:41.70
6.  Doug Padilla (USA) 13:41.73
7.  Zakariah Barie (TAN) 13:43.49
8.  Gerardo Alcala (MEX) 13:45.98
9.  Paul Williams (CAN) 13:46.34
10.  Steve Lacy (USA) 13:46.65
11.  Omar Aguilar (CHI) 13:51.13
12.  Zephaniah Ncube (ZIM) 13:53.25
13.  Abdelrazzak Bounor (ALG) 13:57.43
14.  Antti Loikkanen (FIN) 13:58.74
 Uwe Mönkemeyer (FRG) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 13:28.39
2.  David Moorcroft (GBR) 13:28.44
3.  John Walker (NZL) 13:28.48
4.  Charles Cheruiyot (KEN) 13:28.56
5.  Tim Hutchings (GBR) 13:28.60
6.  Paul Kipkoech (KEN) 13:29.08
7.  Mats Erixon (SWE) 13:29.72
8.  Martti Vainio (FIN) 13:30.48
9.  Ezequiel Canário (POR) 13:32.64
10.  João Campos (POR) 13:34.46
11.  Eduardo Castro (MEX) 13:42.04
12.  Don Clary (USA) 13:46.02
13.  Bob Verbeeck (BEL) 13:46.03
14.  Salvatore Antibo (ITA) 13:47.53
 Christoph Herle (FRG) DNF

Qualifying heats[edit]

  • Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Ezequiel Canário (POR) 13:43.28
2.  Martti Vainio (FIN) 13:45.16
3.  Tim Hutchings (GBR) 13:46.01
4.  Ray Flynn (IRL) 13:46.84
5.  Wilson Waigwa (KEN) 13:48.84
6.  Doug Padilla (USA) 13:52.56
7.  Vincent Rousseau (BEL) 13:57.96
8.  José João da Silva (BRA) 14:03.44
9.  Jorge García (ESP) 14:12.15
10.  Mohamed Rutitinga (TAN) 14:27.78
11.  Julio Gómez (ARG) 14:28.48
12.  George Mambosasa (MAW) 14:48.08
13.  Basil Kilani (JOR) 15:20.58
14.  Nimley Twegbe (LBR) 17:36.69
 Ali Mohamed Hufane (SOM) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Mats Erixon (SWE) 13:44.45
2.  John Walker (NZL) 13:44.75
3.  Don Clary (USA) 13:44.97
4.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 13:45.66
5.  Bob Verbeeck (BEL) 13:46.27
6.  Christoph Herle (FRG) 13:46.35
7.  Paul Williams (CAN) 13:47.56
8.  Stijn Jaspers (NED) 13:58.51
9.  Ahmed Musa Jouda (SUD) 13:59.41
10.  Piero Selvaggio (ITA) 14:04.74
11.  Necdet Ayaz (TUR) 14:36.89
12.  Eugène Muslar (BIZ) 15:05.78
13.  John Tau (PNG) 15:24.68
14.  Ruddy Cornielle (DOM) 17:16.77
 Fethi Baccouche (TUN) DNF


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Charles Cheruiyot (KEN) 13:45.99
2.  Eamonn Martin (GBR) 13:46.16
3.  Markus Ryffel (SUI) 13:46.16
4.  Steve Lacy (USA) 13:46.16
5.  João Campos (POR) 13:46.27
6.  Salvatore Antibo (ITA) 13:46.32
7.  Zephaniah Ncube (ZIM) 13:46.33
8.  Uwe Mönkemeyer (FRG) 13:48.66
9.  Gerardo Alcala (MEX) 13:50.60
10.  Arie Gamliel (ISR) 14:02.98
11.  Alphonse Swai (TAN) 14:22.20
12.  Luis Tipán (ECU) 14:52.43
13.  Ramón López (PAR) 15:15.64


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  António Leitão (POR) 13:51.33
2.  Dave Moorcroft (GBR) 13:51.40
3.  Eduardo Castro (MEX) 13:51.46
4.  Antti Loikkanen (FIN) 13:51.47
5.  Abdel Razzak Bounour (ALG) 13:51.52
6.  Omar Aguilar (CHI) 13:51.53
7.  Paul Kipkoech (KEN) 13:51.54
8.  Zakariah Barie (TAN) 13:53.00
9.  Antonio Selvaggio (ITA) 13:55.73
10.  Roger Soler (PER) 14:28.26
11.  Orlando Mora (CRC) 14:33.49
12.  Masini Situ-Kumbanga (ZAI) 15:02.52
13.  Ali Al-Ghadi (YAR) 16:06.58

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Games: Men's 5000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 9 November 2017.

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