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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Men's 10,000m

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: First round (First 8 & 4 fastest to final) (Aug 3)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF    oaka7
Unhappy running on such a hard track, and at the final championships where a 10,000m heat was required, Gebrselassie expended the least possible energy in stretching his world title win streak to three. As he remarked, “my win was very easy, unlike the one in the Olympics.” Content to sit in while his compatriot Jifar led past halfway in a leisurely 13:58.79, and patiently biding his time as Koech picked up the pace after 7000m, Gebrselassie struck 530m out. His initial burst of speed was awesome and a 56.0 last lap allowed his closest pursuer, Tergat, no opportunity of getting on level terms, although he did narrow the deficit with a 55.2 last lap. Gebrselassie covered the second half in 13:25.1 with a final kilometre of 2:30.7. The first three finished in the same order as at the Atlanta Olympics – the only individual event in which that occurred in Athens

The men's 10,000 metres event featured at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece. There were a total number of 33 participating athletes, with two qualifying heats and the final being held on 6 August 1997.

The question was, how to beat the Olympic Champion and new World Record holder Haile Gebrselassie. The pack, led by Kenyans Paul Koech and Dominic Kirui jogged around the track for almost 15 laps with a few constants; Gebrselassie was marking the leader from second or third place, and everybody else was jockeying for position to be near him. With ten laps to go, previous world record holder Salah Hissou made a more serious move to the front, the pace quickened by four seconds a lap and all the contenders reacted. Hissou only held the lead for a lap before dropping back but the faster trend continued and the pack dwindled to six. Even Kirui dropped off the back, but Koech continued to lead with his teammate Paul Tergat focused on Gebrselassie's back. The pace gradually slowed slightly, while Hissou and Domingos Castro took their turns behind Gebrselassie as the laps diminished. With two laps to go, Hissou and Castro boxed Gebrselassie and moved around him, that lasted for about 100 metres before Gebrselassie simply ran around them assuming a defensive position on Koech's outside shoulder. 550 metres before the finish, Gebrselassie took off, opening up a 10-metre gap before he reached the straightaway. For Gebrselassie, it was an easy last lap, almost a victory lap while still in competition. Tergat and behind him Hissou launched into their best last lap kicks, but it was far too little and too late to catch Gebrselassie. Tergat separated from Hissou for silver.

 
  10,000m 6 August

Event report men 10,000m Final

World record holder and Olympic champion, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, retained his world 10,000m title tonight by shadowing every move of his rivals from Kenya and Morocco and striking decisively 550m from home. He won his third straight World Championship 10,000m gold medal in 27:24.58. Paul Tergat of Kenya and Salah Hissou of Morocco ran their best times for 1997, 27:25.62 and 27:28.67, in second and third place respectively. The race began slowly, the lead alternating between Said Beriou of Morocco and the Kenyans Dominic Kirui and Paul Koech. They passed 1000m at a pedestrian 2:55.76 and 2000m in 5:39.99. Hissou took the lead briefly at 4000m (11:11.85) but the expected injection of pace did not last and the Kenyans resumed control. Gebrselassie covered every move by Kirui and as the field passed the half way mark, in 13:58.79, the defending champion was sitting comfortably in the leading group, himself carefully shadowed by Hissou. At this stage Tergat had not shown at all. At 6000m Hissou made a move - Koech, Gebresilasie, Domingos Castro of Portugal, Tergat, and two Ethiopians, Assefa Mozegebu and Habte Jifar stayed with him; but the group was down to seven. Shortly after 7000m (19:27.92) it was down to six, Jifar finding the increasing pace too hot to handle - the kilometre was run in a little over 2:38. Koech led through 8000m in 22:10.78 with Gebresilasie sitting comfortably behind him, although Tergat in fourth place also looked effortless. Despite attempts by Hissou to take his position, Gebresilassie clung to Koech’s shoulder until they rounded the final bend before the bell. Then the Ethiopian attacked. He was gone in a flash, taking a 10 metre lead by the time he reached the straight, 20 metres by the bell. Tergat and Hissou responded but it was too late. Despite their gallant chase the Ethiopian had timed his move perfectly and came home 10 metres clear.
  Final
1 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 18 Apr 73 27.24.58
2 Paul Tergat KEN 17 Jun 69 27.25.62
3 Salah Hissou MAR 16 Jan 72 27.28.67
4 Paul Koech KEN 25 Jun 69 27.30.39
5 Assefa Mezegebu ETH 19 Jun 78 27.32.48
6 Domingos Castro POR 22 Nov 63 27.36.52
7 Habte Jifar ETH 29 Jan 76 28.00.29
8 Julio Rey ESP 13 Jan 72 28.07.06
9 Stefano Baldini ITA 25 May 71 28.11.97
10 Darren Wilson AUS 9 Aug 68 28.20.16
11 Kamiel Maase NED 20 Oct 71 28.23.20
12 Dominic Kirui KEN 12 Apr 67 28.28.13
13 Abderrahim Zitouna MAR 20 Dec 70 28.29.09
14 Hendrick Ramaala RSA 2 Feb 72 28.33.48
15 Tendai Chimusasa ZIM 28 Jan 71 28.55.29
16 Carsten Eich GER 9 Jan 70 28.59.34
17 Saïd Bérioui MAR 3 Jun 75 29.22.05
18 José Ramos POR 27 Jul 68 29.49.00
Mohammed Mourhit BEL 10 Oct 70 DNS
Toshinari Takaoka JPN 24 Sep 70 DNS

Event report men 10,000m heats

Ethiopian Haile Gebreselassie, the defending world champion, 1996 Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, advanced to Wednesday’s final by winning the 2nd heat in 27:55.36, the fastest time of the evening. Habte Jifar, also an Ethiopian, was 2nd with 27:55.71 and Kenyan Dominic Kirui was 3rd in 27:56.62. Six runners were under 28 minutes, with Australian Darren Wilson setting a season’s best of 27:57.54 that qualified him in 5th place. Kirui was the leader at the 5000 meters mark (13:58.82). Gebreselassie took control of the race with 2 laps to go and the last kilometre was covered in 2:37.70. The 1st heat was won by Portugal’s Domingos Castro in 28:07.04. Castro took command between the 7th and 8th kilometre, after breaking the race open with a 61.23 lap. Belgium’s Mohammed Mourhit was 2nd with 28:12.02 and Morocco’s Said Berioui, a Junior athlete, was 3rd in 28:12.33. Former world record holder, Morocco’s Salah Hissou, was 8th in his first race of the year at the distance, recording 28:15.09.
  Heats 3 August
  Heat 1
1 Domingos Castro POR 22 Nov 63 28.07.04
2 Mohammed Mourhit BEL 10 Oct 70 28.12.02
3 Saïd Bérioui MAR 3 Jun 75 28.12.33
4 Carsten Eich GER 9 Jan 70 28.12.46
5 Paul Koech KEN 25 Jun 69 28.13.24
6 Assefa Mezegebu ETH 19 Jun 78 28.13.95
7 Paul Tergat KEN 17 Jun 69 28.13.98
8 Salah Hissou MAR 16 Jan 72 28.15.09
9 José Ramos POR 27 Jul 68 28.20.06
10 Carlos de la Torre ESP 18 May 66 28.20.50
11 Toshiyuki Hayata JPN 28.27.97
12 Dan Middleman USA 28.56.76
13 Marco Condori BOL 26 Mar 66 29.51.24
14 Agustin Moran PAN 30.12.32
  Heat 2
1 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 18 Apr 73 27.55.36
2 Habte Jifar ETH 29 Jan 76 27.55.71
3 Dominic Kirui KEN 12 Apr 67 27.56.62
4 Abderrahim Zitouna MAR 20 Dec 70 27.57.11
5 Darren Wilson AUS 9 Aug 68 27.57.54
6 Kamiel Maase NED 20 Oct 71 27.57.78
7 Julio Rey ESP 13 Jan 72 28.03.36
8 Hendrick Ramaala RSA 2 Feb 72 28.05.70
9 Toshinari Takaoka JPN 24 Sep 70 28.07.36
10 Stefano Baldini ITA 25 May 71 28.07.81
11 Tendai Chimusasa ZIM 28 Jan 71 28.14.03
12 Mohamed Ezzher FRA 28.47.48
13 Joao N'Tyamba ANO 29.38.92
14 Bradley Barquist USA 29.43.01
15 Margarito Zamora MEX 29.52.03
16 Panagiotis Charamis GRE 30.08.60
17 Georges Richmond TAH 31.48.17
- Carlos Patricio POR DNF
- Zoltan Kaldy HUN DNF

Heat 1 03 AUG 1997 22:25 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Paul Kipsigich Koech KEN KEN 26:56.78  
2 Marco Antonio Condori BOL BOL    
3 Mohammed Mourhit BEL BEL 27:17.09 27:17.09
4 Dan Middleman USA USA 29:50.72  
5 Salah Hissou MAR MAR 26:38.08  
6 Carlos de la Torre ESP ESP 27:49.17  
7 Toshiyuki Hayata JPN JPN 27:53.12  
8 Assefa Mezgebu ETH ETH 27:25.01 27:25.01
9 José Ramos POR POR    
10 Carsten Eich GER GER    
11 Agustín Morán PAN PAN 30:07.0 30:07.0
12 Paul Tergat KEN KEN 26:54.41  
13 Saïd Berioui MAR MAR 27:35.34 27:35.34
14 Domingos Castro POR POR 27:34.53 27:41.75

Heat 2 03 AUG 1997 23:00 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
  João N'Tyamba ANG ANG    
  Georges Richmond PYF PYF    
1 Darren Wilson AUS AUS 27:37.00 28:21.03
2 Julio Rey ESP ESP 27:55.19 27:55.19
3 Haile Gebrselassie ETH ETH 26:31.32 26:31.32
4 Mohamed Ezzher FRA FRA 27:43.69  
5 Zoltán Káldy HUN HUN 28:01.88  
6 Stefano Baldini ITA ITA 27:43.98  
7 Toshinari Takaoka JPN JPN 27:53.03 27:53.03
8 Dominic Kirui KEN KEN 27:31.10 27:31.10
9 Abderrahim Zitouna MAR MAR 27:36.73 27:36.73
10 Margarito Zamora MEX MEX    
11 Kamiel Maase NED NED    
12 Panayotis Charamis GRE GRE    
13 Carlos Patrício POR POR 29:15.41  
14 Hendrick Ramaala RSA RSA 27:36.30 27:36.30
15 Bradley Barquist USA USA 29:11.20  
16 Tendai Chimusasa ZIM ZIM 27:57.84 28:09.43
17 Habte Jifar ETH ETH 27:30.26 27:30.26
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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