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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 10000 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 31, 1972  
Date Finished: September 3, 1972  
(Competitors: 52; Countries: 34; Finalists: 15)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF   1972_olympic_stadium.jpg 
For the first time since 1920, heats were run. Five men broke 28 minutes, and Puttemans was the fastest in heat 1 with 27:53.28 ahead of Bedford’s 27:53.64, while Gammoudi ran his lifetime best of 27:54.69 in the next heat. Yifter won the final preliminary in 28:18.11 while race favourite Jürgen Haase (GDR) was missing, back in the GDR with a “bad cold”. Britain’s pacemaking star, Bedford, ran the first lap of the final in 59.9, and continued at world record pace through kilometre splits of 2:36.9, 5:18.8, 8:06.4 and 10:55.5. In the 12th lap Viren bumped into Puttemans, slowed up, and was accidentally knocked over by Shorter who was trying to avoid the Finn. Gammoudi also fell over, but while Viren was up after three seconds and quickly caught the pack, Gammoudi took longer and effectively lost his chance of a third consecutive Olympic medal. Bedford led through halfway in 13:44.0. With each kilometre slower than the last, Bedford led for just 1000m more (16:35.7) and Viren moved to the front. By 8000m Bedford had dropped out of the leading group, now comprised of five, and they stayed together until 9400m, when first Shorter, then Haro, was dropped as Viren began to apply the pressure. The penultimate lap was covered in 60.0, and only Puttemans was close, with Yifter 10m back. Viren built up a 5m lead by the finishing straight and won by 7m after a last lap of 56.4. This was the first world record in an Olympic final since Ritola’s win in 1924, and remarkable considering Viren’s fall.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
For the first time since 1920, a qualifying round was contested. The favorites in the final were Lasse Virén (FIN), Dave Bedford (GBR), and Belgium's Miel Puttemans. Bedford was known for his fast pace-setting though he had little sprint speed. He took the pace out in the final at a world record pace for 4K, and still led at 5K, though the pace was slowing slightly. On the 12th lap, Virén and Mohamad Gammoudi (TUN), the 1964 silver medalist and 1968 bronze medalist, became entangled and fell to the track though they both recovered quickly. At 6K, Virén, having caught the leaders, took over the pace. He began to apply pressure on the penultimate lap, dropping all but Puttemans. Virén ran his last lap in 56.4 to distance Puttemans and win by seven metres in a world record 27:38.35, surely the only track world record set by somebody who fell during the race.
 
 
        Results          

The men's 10,000 metres event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich was held on 31 August and 3 September. This event featured a qualifying round for the first time since the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. The favorites in the event included Belgium's Emiel Puttemans, Great Britain's Dave Bedford, and Finland's Lasse Virén.

The men's 10,000 metres final was notable for Lasse Virén's world record performance. At the start of the race, Bedford led the pace; he maintained a world record pace at the 4000 m mark, and he still led halfway through the race. On the 12th lap, just before the halfway point, Virén and Tunisia's Mohammed Gammoudi, 10,000 m bronze medalist and 5000 m gold medalist in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, tangled into each other and fell onto the track.[1] Both recovered, and while Gammoudi fell out of the race two laps later, Virén caught up to the front and passed Bedford to take the lead at about the 6000 m mark.

With Virén leading for the rest of the race, the lead pack reduced to five competitors with 600 m remaining when he made his charge.He ran the final lap (the last 400 m) in 56.4 seconds; he won the gold medal, beating runner-up Puttemans by 7 m and setting a world record time of 27:38.35. Virén would go on to win the 5000 metres event, where he would set an Olympic record there; he also went on to win both the 10,000 metres and 5000 metres races at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

The Guardian listed Virén's world record performance as the greatest sport comeback of all time.

10000 m Men     Final 3 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 27.38.35     Lasse Virén Finland FIN 22 Jul 49 WR  
2 27.39.58     Emiel Puttemans Belgium BEL 8 Oct 47    
3 27.40.96     Miruts Yifter Ethiopia ETH 28 Jun 44    
4 27.48.14     Mariano Haro Spain ESP 27 May 40    
5 27.51.32     Frank Shorter United States USA 31 Oct 47    
6 28.05.44     Dave Bedford Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 49    
7 28.15.18     Danijel Korica Yugoslavia YUG 10 Jun 45    
8 28.18.17     Abdelkader Zaddem Tunisia TUN 29 Nov 44    
9 28.23.59     Josef Jansky Czechoslovakia TCH 24 Nov 40    
10 28.44.08     Juan Martinez Mexico MEX 1 Jan 47    
11 28.46.27     Pavel Andreyev Soviet Union URS 1 Jan 44    
12 28.56.38     Javier Alvarez Spain ESP 18 Dec 43    
13 29.02.87     Paul Mose Kenya KEN 15 May 49    
14 29.10.15     Willy Polleunis Belgium BEL 27 Dec 47    
  DNF     Mohamed Gammoudi Tunisia TUN 11 Feb 38    
10000 m Men     Heat 1 31 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 27.53.28     Emiel Puttemans Belgium BEL 8 Oct 47    
2 27.53.64     Dave Bedford Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 49    
3 28.08.58     Javier Alvarez Spain ESP 18 Dec 43    
4 28.14.70     Abdelkader Zaddem Tunisia TUN 29 Nov 44    
5 28.23.15     Josef Jansky Czechoslovakia TCH 24 Nov 40    
6 28.35.84     Anatoliy Badrankov Soviet Union URS 2 Apr 41    
7 28.36.08     Noel Tijou France FRA 12 Dec 41    
8 28.36.4a     Werner Dössegger Switzerland SUI 18 Feb 38    
9 28.45.4a     Mamo Wolde Ethiopia ETH 12 Jun 32    
10 29.24.8a     Akio Usami Japan JPN 31 May 43    
11 29.35.0a     Jeff Galloway United States USA 12 Jul 45    
12 30.19.6a     Naftali Temu Kenya KEN 20 Apr 45    
13 31.32.6a     Esaie Fongang Cameroon CMR 28 Aug 43    
14 31.59.2a     Pehind Suppiah Singapore SIN 10 Aug 49    
15 32.31.8a     Crispin Quispe Bolivia BOL 13 May 46    
16 33.03.4a     Giuseppe Cindolo Italy ITA 5 Aug 45    
  DNF     Günther Mielke West Germany FRG 30 Nov 42    
  DNF     Usaia Sotutu Fiji FIJ 20 Sep 48    
10000 m Men     Heat 2 31 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 27.54.69     Mohamed Gammoudi Tunisia TUN 11 Feb 38 NR  
2 27.55.89     Mariano Haro Spain ESP 27 May 40    
3 27.58.23     Frank Shorter United States USA 31 Oct 47    
4 28.04.41     Lasse Virén Finland FIN 22 Jul 49    
5 28.18.74     Paul Mose Kenya KEN 15 May 49    
6 28.24.64     Rashid Sharafyetdinov Soviet Union URS 10 Jul 43    
7 28.28.02     Wuhib Mashresha Ethiopia ETH 19 Apr 46    
8 28.35.8a     Pedro Miranda Mexico MEX 2 Jan 48    
9 28.41.8a     Karel Lismont Belgium BEL 8 Mar 49    
10 28.45.8a     Neil Cusack Ireland IRL 30 Dec 51    
11 28.46.8a     Dave Holt Great Britain GBR 18 May 44    
12 29.29.0a     Keisuke Sawaki Japan JPN 8 Dec 43    
13 29.36.6a     Juan Perez Costa Rica CRC 3 Jul 46    
14 30.08.4a     Julio Quevedo Guatemala GUA 17 Oct 39    
15 30.19.2a     Abdelhamid Khamis Egypt EGY 5 Aug 44    
16 30.20.2a     Lucien Rosa Sri Lanka SRI 11 Feb 44    
  DNF     Richard Mabuza Swaziland SWZ 3 Mar 46    
10000 m Men     Heat 3 31 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 28.18.11     Miruts Yifter Ethiopia ETH 28 Jun 44    
2 28.19.71     Willy Polleunis Belgium BEL 27 Dec 47    
3 28.20.97     Pavel Andreyev Soviet Union URS 1 Jan 44    
4 28.22.24     Danijel Korica Yugoslavia YUG 10 Jun 45    
5 28.23.14     Juan Martinez Mexico MEX 1 Jan 47    
6 28.31.33     Lachie Stewart Great Britain GBR 22 Jun 43    
7 28.31.74     Arne Risa Norway NOR 5 May 44    
8 28.34.20     Jon Anderson United States USA      
8 28.34.2a     Jon Anderson United States USA      
9 28.53.6a     Carlos Lopes Portugal POR 18 Feb 47    
10 29.05.8a     Albrecht Moser Switzerland SUI 18 Jan 45    
11 29.13.0a     Richard Juma Kenya KEN 19 Jul 45    
12 29.24.0a     Domingo Tibaduiza Colombia COL 22 Nov 49    
13 29.32.8a     Shag Musa Medani Sudan SUD      
14 29.37.8a     Manfred Letzerich West Germany FRG 15 Aug 42    
15 29.51.8a     Hikmet Sen Turkey TUR 15 Jul 44    
  DNF     Anilus Joseph Haiti HAI 20 Jan 45    
  DNF     Gavin Thorley New Zealand NZL 11 Jun 47    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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