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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 10000 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top five in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1984  
Date Finished: August 6, 1984  
(Competitors: 45; Countries: 33; Finalists: 18)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF   1984_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Before the Games Fernando Mamede set a world record of 27:13.81, and was more than two minutes quicker on the pre-Games list of performers than Cova. However, the Italian, the World and European Champion, was favourite because of his big finishing kick and tactical acumen. After heats, which saw Bitok as the fastest man with 28:12.17, the final began as a shuffle. In 26°C heat Musa Gouda (SUD) led for the first four kilometres at 28:30 pace. The gritty Irishman John Treacy was the leader at halfway in 14:19.9. Nick Rose (GBR) surged to the front during the sixth kilometre, but was overtaken by ’78 European Champion Martti Vainio (FIN). At the end of a kilometre run in 2:38.7 Rose was 10m behind, with only Cova in touch. After kilometres of 2:40.8 and 2:43.9 the pace slowed to 2:46.1 as Vainio gathered himself to contain the inevitable attack by Cova. It was to no avail, as Cova waited until 200m to go before sprinting away, covering the last 200m in 27.7 to win by 25m. The big shock came five days later when Vainio (27:51.10) was disqualified for steroid use.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The world record had been set in July 1984 by Portugal's Fernando Mamede, but he fared poorly in major competition. The favorite was Italy's Alberto Cova, who had won the 1983 World Championships and the 1982 European Championships. At both races, second place was taken by the GDR's Werner Schildhauer but he was not in Los Angeles because of the Soviet-led boycott. At 5K, Britain's Nick Rose took the lead and only Cova and Martti Vainio (FIN), the 1978 European Champion, could stay in touch. Vainio then opened up the pace, dropping Rose and he and Cova battled to the finish. With 200 metres to go, Cova unleashed his finishing sprint and won by almost 25 metres, running that 200 in 27.7. Five days later, Vainio was disqualified for testosterone use. Cova later admitted to blood doping, but that was not a banned practice in that era.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 27:13.81 Portugal Fernando Mamede Stockholm (SWE) July 2, 1984
Olympic Record 27:38.35 Finland Lasse Virén Munich (FRG) September 3, 1972
 
        Results        
 
10000 m Men     Final 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 27.47.54     Alberto Cova Italy ITA 1 Dec 58  
2 28.06.22     Mike McLeod Great Britain GBR 25 Jan 52  
3 28.06.46     Mike Musyoki Kenya KEN 28 May 56  
4 28.07.50     Salvatore Antibo Italy ITA 7 Feb 62  
5 28.08.21     Christoph Herle West Germany FRG 19 Nov 55  
6 28.09.01     Sosthenes Bitok Kenya KEN 23 Mar 57  
7 28.27.06     Yutaka Kanai Japan JPN 16 Oct 59  
8 28.28.08     Steve Jones Great Britain GBR 4 Aug 55  
9 28.28.68     John Treacy Ireland IRL 4 Jun 57  
10 28.29.43     Ahmed Musa Jouda Sudan SUD 27 Jan 57  
11 28.31.61     Zephaniah Ncube Zimbabwe ZIM 10 Jan 57  
12 28.31.73     Nick Rose Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 51  
13 28.32.28     Zakariah Barie Tanzania TAN 29 May 53  
14 28.32.57     Joseph Nzau Kenya KEN 14 Apr 50  
15 28.34.59     Pat Porter United States USA 31 May 59  
16 28.55.54     Masanari Shintaku Japan JPN 20 Dec 57  
  DQ     Martti Vainio        
  DNF     Fernando Mamede Portugal POR 1 Nov 51  
10000 m Men     Heat 1 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 28.22.13     Fernando Mamede Portugal POR 1 Nov 51  
2 28.23.43     Salvatore Antibo Italy ITA 7 Feb 62  
3 28.24.24     Mike Musyoki Kenya KEN 28 May 56  
4 28.24.30     Masanari Shintaku Japan JPN 20 Dec 57  
5 28.25.08     Mike McLeod Great Britain GBR 25 Jan 52  
6 28.28.50     José Gómez Mexico MEX 19 Mar 56  
7 28.30.40     Omar Aguilar Chile CHI 1 Dec 59  
8 28.36.15     Paul Williams Great Britain GBR 8 Oct 55  
9 28.38.42     Craig Virgin United States USA 2 Aug 55  
10 29.11.48     José João da Silva Brazil BRA 7 Sep 55  
11 30.07.49     Luis Tipan Ecuador ECU 8 Feb 54  
12 30.30.50     Ibrahim Kivina Tanzania TAN 25 Feb 58  
13 30.44.46     Basil Kilani Jordan JOR 6 Aug 60  
  DNF     Ruddy Cornielle Dominican Republic DOM 14 Jul 60  
  DNF     Ramon Lopez Paraguay PAR 6 Jun 63  
10000 m Men     Heat 2 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 28.26.10     Alberto Cova Italy ITA 1 Dec 58  
2 28.28.53     Zephaniah Ncube Zimbabwe ZIM 10 Jan 57  
3 28.28.71     Joseph Nzau Kenya KEN 14 Apr 50  
4 28.30.28     Christoph Herle West Germany FRG 19 Nov 55  
5 28.31.13     Nick Rose Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 51  
6 28.43.08     Gidamis Shahanga Tanzania TAN 4 Sep 57  
7 28.58.22     Antonio Prieto Spain ESP 11 Jan 58  
8 28.59.19     Martín Pitayo Mexico MEX 10 Jan 60  
9 29.10.18     Paul Cummings United States USA 5 Sep 53  
10 29.31.32     Arie Gamliel Israel ISR 21 Nov 57  
11 29.38.07     Muhiddin Mohamed Kulmiye Somalia SOM 58  
12 30.48.27     Matthews Kambale Malawi MAW 27 Dec 52  
13 30.49.43     Orlando Mora Costa Rica CRC 29 Jan 60  
14 31.29.14     Tau John Tokwepota Papua New Guinea PNG 25 Jun 56  
  DNF     Ali Al-Ghadi Yemen YEM 10 Oct 52  
10000 m Men     Heat 3 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 28.12.17     Sosthenes Bitok Kenya KEN 23 Mar 57  
2 28.14.67     Yutaka Kanai Japan JPN 16 Oct 59  
3 28.15.18     Zakariah Barie Tanzania TAN 29 May 53  
4 28.15.22     Steve Jones Great Britain GBR 4 Aug 55  
5 28.18.13     John Treacy Ireland IRL 4 Jun 57  
7 28.20.06     Pat Porter United States USA 31 May 59  
8 28.20.26     Ahmed Musa Jouda Sudan SUD 27 Jan 57 NR
9 29.01.22     Francesco Panetta Italy ITA 10 Jan 63  
10 29.06.08     Marios Kassianidis Cyprus CYP 16 Sep 54  
11 29.07.19     Domingo Tibaduiza Colombia COL 22 Nov 49  
12 29.58.06     Julio César Gómez Argentina ARG 27 Jan 63  
13 30.19.29     Frans Ntaole Lesotho LES 8 Aug 50  
14 32.04.11     Albert Marie Seychelles SEY 3 Mar 57  
  DQ     Martti Vainio Finland FIN    
  DNF     Necdet Ayaz Turkey TUR 4 Jul 58  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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