Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates20 August
Competitors24 from 14 nations
Winning time27:05.10 OR
1st, gold medalist(s) Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sileshi Sihine  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea
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The men's 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 20.[1] No preliminary rounds were held at this distance, since the number of competitors allowed a direct final.[2]

The Ethiopians were in control throughout the distance. A leading group of five runners crystallized. As Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine turned up the pace with two kilometres left, Zersenay Tadese, Boniface Kiprop Toroitich and reigning Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie, who was running with a calf injury, were not able to keep up. Bekele, the world record holder, assured his victory with a brilliant Olympic record finish (27:05.10 minutes), completing the final 400 metres in less than 54 seconds.[3][4]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:20.31 Ostrava, Czech Republic 8 June 2004
Olympic record  Haile Gebreselassie (ETH) 27:07.34 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Result Record
20 August Final Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 27:05.10 OR


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 10,000 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 27:49.00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 28:06.00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 20 August 2004 22:35 Final


Athletes take off at the start of the men's 10,000 metres final.
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 27:05.10 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sileshi Sihine  Ethiopia 27:09.39
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 27:22.57 NR
4 Boniface Kiprop Toroitich  Uganda 27:25.48 SB
5 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 27:27.70
6 John Cheruiyot Korir  Kenya 27:41.91 SB
7 Moses Mosop  Kenya 27:46.61
8 Ismaïl Sghyr  France 27:57.09
9 José Manuel Martínez  Spain 27:57.61
10 Fabiano Joseph Naasi  Tanzania 28:01.94 SB
11 Wilson Busienei  Uganda 28:10.75
12 Dan Browne  United States 28:14.53
13 Charles Kamathi  Kenya 28:17.08
14 Kamiel Maase  Netherlands 28:23.39
15 Abdi Abdirahman  United States 28:26.26
16 Yonas Kifle  Eritrea 28:29.87
17 Dieudonne Disi  Rwanda 28:43.19
18 Mohammed Amyne  Morocco 28:55.96
19 Ryuji Ono  Japan 29:06.50
20 Teodoro Vega  Mexico 29:06.55
21 David Galván  Mexico 29:38.05
John Henwood  New Zealand DNF
John Yuda Msuri  Tanzania DNF
Dathan Ritzenhein  United States DNF


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens: Men's 10,000 metres". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 10000m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Brilliant Bekele takes gold". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ Elliott, Helene (21 August 2004). "Ethiopians 1-2 in 10,000 With Gebrselassie Fifth". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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