Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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The 10,000 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Friday 22 September, and Monday 25 September 2000.

The top eight runners in each of the initial two heats automatically qualified for the final. The next four fastest runners from across the heats also qualified. There were a total number of 34 participating athletes.

Without Haile Gebreselassie, Paul Tergat would have won everything since the previous Olympics. He was the silver medalist in the previous Olympics and the ensuing two world championships. He was the World Cross Country Champion five times in a row in Gebreselassie's absence. The final broke down to a team race, with three Kenyans vs Ethiopians Gebreselassie and Assefa Mezgebu. With a lap to go, John Korir held the lead marked by Gebreselassie, with Tergat marking him. Mezgebu moved from behind Tergat to Gebreselassie's shoulder, boxing Tergat along the rail through the penultimate turn. Down the backstretch, Tergat slowed down a step to get out of the box, then sprinting around the outside, past everyone. The sprint was on. Unlike previous finals, Tergat had the drop on Gebreselassie, making him chase, with only Mezgebu able to hold on behind. Down the homestretch both were in full sprint, Tergat ahead, Gebreselassie making microscopic progress but not advancing enough to pass. Gebreselassie continued to press, drawing even with less than ten metres to go. Tergat strained, his last several steps losing his balance while Gebreselassie held form to take the gold again.

Records[edit]

World and Olympic records prior to the Games.

World Record 26:22.75 Haile Gebreselassie Ethiopia Hengelo, Netherlands 1 June 1998
Olympic Record 27:07.34 Haile Gebreselassie Ethiopia Atlanta, USA 29 July 1996

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Med 1.png Silver: Med 2.png Bronze: Med 3.png
Haile Gebreselassie,  Ethiopia Paul Tergat,  Kenya Assefa Mezgebu,  Ethiopia

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Qualifying heats[edit]

Heat 1 of 2
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 8 Haile Gebreselassie  Ethiopia 2 27:50.01 Q
2 10 Patrick Ivuti  Kenya 15 27:50.10 Q
3 11 John Korir  Kenya 7 27:50.19 Q
4 12 Assefa Mezgebu  Ethiopia 8 27:50.64 Q
5 16 Toshinari Takaoka  Japan 3 27:59.95 Q SB
6 19 Samir Moussaoui  Algeria 4 28:08.22 Q
7 21 Abdihakim Abdirahman  United States 9 28:09.04 Q
8 22 Enrique Molina  Spain 5 28:09.76 Q
9 23 Andres Jones  Great Britain 13 28:11.20
10 24 Armando Quintanilla  Mexico 11 28:14.54
11 25 Sisay Bezabeh  Australia 10 28:21.63
12 27 Sean Kaley  Canada 16 28:36.07
13 28 Robert Denmark  Great Britain 1 28:43.74
14 29 Shaun Creighton  Australia 12 28:52.71
15 32 Daniele Caimmi  Italy 17 29:01.26
16 33 Teodoro Cunado  Spain 14 29:10.90
17 34 Michael Aish  New Zealand 6 29:31.83
Heat 2 of 2
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Girma Tolla  Ethiopia 7 27:44.01 Q
2 2 Paul Tergat  Kenya 10 27:44.07 Q
3 3 Katsuhiko Hanada  Japan 9 27:45.13 Q PB
4 4 Mohammed Mourhit  Belgium 8 27:45.73 Q
5 5 Said Berioui  Morocco 11 27:45.83 Q
6 6 Karl Keska  Great Britain 8 27:48:29 Q PB
7 7 David Galván  Mexico 12 27:49.53 Q
8 9 Aloys Nizigama  Burundi 2 27:50.09 Q SB
9 13 José Rios  Spain 6 27:51.40 q
10 14 José Ramos  Portugal 13 27:56.30 q PB
11 15 Mebrahtom Keflezighi  United States 15 27:58.96 q
12 17 Rachid Berradi  Italy 1 28:01.18 q
13 18 Mauricio Díaz  Chile 4 28:05.61 NR
14 20 Yonas Kifle  Eritrea 5 28:08.59 NR
15 26 Jeff Schiebler  Canada 3 28:30.46
16 30 Dmitry Maksimov  Russia 14 28:54.15
17 31 Alan Culpepper  United States 16 29:00.71

Overall Results Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Girma Tolla  Ethiopia 2 7 1 27:44.01 Q
2 Paul Tergat  Kenya 2 10 2 27:44.07 Q
3 Katsuhiko Hanada  Japan 2 9 3 27:45.13 Q PB
4 Mohammed Mourhit  Belgium 2 17 4 27:45.73 Q
5 Said Berioui  Morocco 2 11 5 27:45.83 Q
6 Karl Keska  Great Britain 2 8 6 27:48:29 Q PB
7 David Galván  Mexico 2 12 7 27:49.53 Q
8 Haile Gebreselassie  Ethiopia 1 2 1 27:50.01 Q
9 Aloys Nizigama  Burundi 2 2 8 27:50.09 Q SB
10 Patrick Ivuti  Kenya 1 15 2 27:50.10 Q
11 John Korir  Kenya 1 7 3 27:50.19 Q
12 Assefa Mezgebu  Ethiopia 1 8 4 27:50.64 Q
13 José Rios  Spain 2 6 9 27:51.40 q
14 José Ramos  Portugal 2 13 10 27:56.30 q PB
15 Mebrahtom Keflezighi  United States 2 15 11 27:58.96 q
16 Toshinari Takaoka  Japan 1 3 6 27:59.95 Q SB
17 Rachid Berradi  Italy 2 1 12 28:01.18 q
18 Mauricio Díaz  Chile 2 4 13 28:05.61 NR
19 Samir Moussaoui  Algeria 1 4 6 28:08.22 Q
20 Yonas Kifle  Eritrea 2 5 14 28:08.59 NR
21 Abdihakim Abdirahman  United States 1 9 7 28:09.04 Q
22 Enrique Molina  Spain 1 5 8 28:09.76 Q
23 Andres Jones  Great Britain 1 13 9 28:11.20
24 Armando Quintanilla  Mexico 1 11 10 28:14.54
25 Sisay Bezabeh  Australia 1 10 11 28:21.63
26 Jeff Schiebler  Canada 2 3 15 28:30.46
27 Sean Kaley  Canada 1 16 12 28:36.07
28 Robert Denmark  Great Britain 1 1 13 28:43.74
29 Shaun Creighton  Australia 1 12 14 28:52.71
30 Dmitry Maksimov  Russia 2 14 16 28:54.15
31 Alan Culpepper  United States 2 16 17 29:00.71
32 Daniele Caimmi  Italy 1 17 15 29:01.26
33 Teodoro Cunado  Spain 1 14 16 29:10.90
34 Michael Aish  New Zealand 1 6 17 29:31.83

Final[edit]

Final
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Time:
Place Athlete Nation Lane/Order Time Record
1 Haile Gebreselassie  Ethiopia 19 27:18.20 SB
2 Paul Tergat  Kenya 8 27:18.29
3 Assefa Mezgebu  Ethiopia 2 27:19.75 SB
4 Patrick Ivuti  Kenya 16 27:20.44
5 John Korir  Kenya 20 27:24.75 PB
6 Said Berioui  Morocco 7 27:37.83 SB
7 Toshinari Takaoka  Japan 9 27:40.44 PB
8 Karl Keska  Great Britain 6 27:44.09 PB
9 Aloys Nizigama  Burundi 12 27:44.56 SB
10 Abdihakim Abdirahman  United States 18 27:46.17 PB
11 Girma Tolla  Ethiopia 15 27:49.75
12 Mebrahtom Keflezighi  United States 13 27:53.63 PB
13 David Galvan  Mexico 11 27:54.56
14 Jose Ramos  Portugal 4 28:07.43
15 Katsuhiko Hanada  Japan 17 28:08.11
16 Samir Moussaoui  Algeria 3 28:17.25
17 Rachid Berradi  Italy 10 28:45.96
18 Jose Rios  Spain 1 28:50.31
- Enrique Molina  Spain 14 DNF
- Mohammed Mourhit  Belgium 5 DNF

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