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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's 5000 m

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top five in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 15, 1968  
Date Finished: October 17, 1968  
(Competitors: 38; Countries: 25; Finalists: 13)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
The altitude had its effect in the heats with Jean Wadoux (FRA) the only man to break 14:20 (14:19.8). Gammoudi led for the first lap (72.0) and was succeeded by Clarke, who took the field through 1000m in 2:53.6, then 2000m in 5:44.0. Keino, the favourite, then led for 600m slowing the pace, with Sviridov leading past 3000m (8:38.8) until 3800m, where Clarke took over until 4000m (11:30.8). By then Norpoth, silver medallist in Tokyo, had dropped out with stomach problems. Gammoudi went to the front just after 4000m, and held the lead from then on, with his last three 200m segments increasingly quicker: 32.2, 28.0 and 26.8. Both Temu and then Keino tried to pass, but were repulsed every time by the Tunisian lowlander. Gammoudi had started running in 1959 and won the Mediterranean Games 5000m & m titles in 1963 before graduating to the world stage in Tokyo; he remains the only Tunisian ever to have won an Olympic athletics medal.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The altitude of Ciudad de México affected all the distance running events in 1968. And in this event the three medalists all came from Africa, having grown up at altitude, and six of the top eight finishers had grown up at altitude. The favorite was Kip Keino, the 1966 Commonwealth Games champion, but he was expected to be challenged by Australia’s Ron Clarke, a great racer against the clock, who had set four world records at the distance from 1965-66, but one who had difficulty winning in major meets. Keino took the lead early and held it throughout most of the race, with Clarke taking over shortly before 4K. But Tunisia’s Mohammed Gamnoudi took the lead with two laps remaining and held off challenges from Keino and Naftali Temu, Kenyan winner of the 1968 10K. Clarke did not finish well and was never a factor for a medal.
 
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Ron Clarke (AUS) 13:16.6 Stockholm, Sweden July 5, 1966
Olympic record  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 13:39.6 Melbourne, Australia November 26, 1956
 
        Results          
   
5000 m Men     Final 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14.05.01     Mohamad Gammoudi Tunisia TUN 30   14.05.0 h
2 14.05.16     Kip Keino Kenya KEN 28   14.05.2 h
3 14.06.41     Naftali Temu Kenya KEN 23   14.06.4 h
4 14.10.76     Juan Martínez Mexico MEX 21   14.10.8 h
5 14.12.45     Ron Clarke Australia AUS 31   14.12.4 h
6 14.17.70     Wohib Masresha Ethiopia ETH 22   14.17.6 h
7 14.18.40     Nikolay Sviridov Soviet Union URS 30   14.18.4 h
8 14.18.98     Fikru Deguefu Ethiopia ETH 31   14.19.0 h
9 14.20.73     Jean Wadoux France FRA 26   14.20.8 h
10 14.39.72     Rex Maddaford New Zealand NZL 21   14.39.8 h
11 14.44.92     Bob Finlay Canada CAN 25   14.45.0 h
12 14.59.56     Miel Puttemans Belgium BEL 21   14.59.6 h
AC DNF     Harald Norpoth West Germany FRG 26    
5000 m Men     Round One Heat One 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14.28.40   Q Kip Keino Kenya KEN 28   14.28.4 h
2 14.29.06   Q Mohamad Gammoudi Tunisia TUN 30   14.29.0 h
3 14.29.85   Q Mamo Wolde Ethiopia ETH 36   14.29.8 h
4 14.31.81   Q Bob Finlay Canada CAN 25   14.31.8 h
5 14.34.58   Q Miel Puttemans Belgium BEL 21   14.34.6 h
6 14.41.03     Bernd Dießner East Germany GDR 22   14.41.0 h
7 14.44.41     Rashid Sharafetdinov Soviet Union URS 25   14.44.0 h
8 14.46.52     Dick Taylor Great Britain GBR 23   14.46.6 h
9 15.00.86     Keisuke Sawaki Japan JPN 24   15.00.8 h
10 15.13.07     György Kiss Hungary HUN 32   15.13.0 h
11 15.13.69     Lou Scott United States USA 23   15.13.6 h
12 15.46.21     Esau Adenji Cameroon CMR 24   15.46.2 h
13 17.32.95     Gabriel M'Boa Central African Republic CAF     17.33.0 h
14 18.21.52     Juan Valladares Honduras HON 21   18.21.6 h
5000 m Men     Round One Heat Two 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14.20.38   Q Naftali Temu Kenya KEN 23   14.20.4 h
2 14.20.78   Q Ron Clarke Australia AUS 31   14.20.8 h
3 14.26.99   Q Wohib Masresha Ethiopia ETH 22   14.27.0 h
4 14.31.00   Q Jack Bacheler United States USA 24   14.31.0 h
5 14.38.70   Q Nikolay Sviridov Soviet Union URS 30   14.38.8 h
6 14.54.02     Ahmed Zammel Tunisia TUN 24   14.54.0 h
7 15.06.28     Alan Blinston Great Britain GBR 24   15.06.2 h
8 15.08.24     Werner Schneiter Switzerland SUI 21   15.08.2 h
9 15.10.24     Mustafa Musa Uganda UGA 21   15.10.2 h
10 15.13.87     Edward Stawiarz Poland POL 28   15.13.8 h
11 15.20.85     Werner Girke West Germany FRG 28   15.20.8 h
12 15.41.37     Rafael Pérez Costa Rica CRC 22   15.41.4 h
13 17.10.15     Benjamin Silva-Netto Philippines PHI 29   17.10.2 h
14 18.40.13     Clovis Morales Honduras HON 19   18.40.2 h
5000 m Men     Round One Heat Three 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14.19.80   Q Jean Wadoux France FRA 26   14.19.8 h
2 14.20.06   Q Juan Martínez Mexico MEX 21   14.20.0 h
3 14.20.59   Q Harald Norpoth West Germany FRG 26   14.20.6 h
4 14.20.82   Q Rex Maddaford New Zealand NZL 21   14.20.8 h
5 14.21.66   Q Fikru Deguefu Ethiopia ETH 31   14.21.6 h
6 14.23.23     Bob Day United States USA 23   14.23.2 h
7 14.44.35     Leonid Mykytenko Soviet Union URS 24   14.44.0 h
8 15.05.17     Alan Rushmer Great Britain GBR 24   15.05.2 h
9 15.23.03     Julio Quevedo Guatemala GUA 28   15.23.0 h
AC DNF     Dave Ellis Canada CAN 31    
AC DNF     Roland Brehmer Poland POL 25    
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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