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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Men's 10000 m

 

 

Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: Top eight in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 22, 2000  
Date Finished: September 25, 2000  
(Competitors: 34; Countries: 20; Finalists: 20)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF    2000_olympic_stadium.jpg
Sixteen of the 20 finalists ran faster than 28:00 in the heats, with the winners being reigning champion Gebrselassie and his countryman Girma Tolla, who just edged Paul Tergat 27:44.01 to 27:44.07. The final saw inveterate front runner Aloÿs Nizigama (BDI) set the pace, taking the field through 2000m in 5:23.31 (26:55 pace) before letting Ivuti share pace-making duties. The Kenyan slowed things down, and halfway was passed in 13:45.88. The first serious move came when Korir kicked in two 63 second laps just after 7000m. Gebrselassie briefly slowed the pace with 1600m to go, but Korir took over again, and by the bell five athletes were left. Tergat kicked with 250m to go, and only Gebrselassie could stay with him. The two produced a heart wrenching finish, running side by side down the finishing straight, with the Ethiopian only getting ahead in the last 10m. The last 200m took 25.4, and the final 3000m was covered in 7:53.57. The winning marging of 0.09 was less than that of Maurice Greene in the previous day’s 100m final.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The heavy favorite was Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie, the defending gold medalist, World Champion in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999, and the current, and three-time, world record holder. His challenge would come from Paul Tergat (KEN), silver medalist in 1996, and who had held the world record in 1997 after running 26:27.85 in Bruxelles, and had won the last five International Cross-Country championships. The final was much closer than expected, as at the bell there were five runners together – Geb, Tergat, Assefa Mezegebu (ETH), Patrick Ivuti (KEN), and John Cheruiyot Korir (KEN). Tergat moved ahead on the backstretch and only Geb responded. On the final straight, there was nothing to choose between them but Geb pulled ahead in the last few strides to defend his gold medal, as they ran the last 200 in 25.4. Tergat had his second consecutive gold medal, and commented, “I did my best. I can do no better than that. I had nothing left at the end.”
 

Records

World and Olympic records prior to the Games.

World Record 26:22.75 Haile Gebreselassie Ethiopia Hengelo, Netherlands 1 June 1998
Olympic Record 27:07.34 Haile Gebreselassie Ethiopia Atlanta, USA 29 July 1996
 
        Results        

The 10,000 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Friday 22 September, and Monday 25 September 2000.

The top eight runners in each of the initial two heats automatically qualified for the final. The next four fastest runners from across the heats also qualified. There were a total number of 34 participating athletes.

Without Haile Gebreselassie, Paul Tergat would have won everything since the previous Olympics. He was the silver medalist in the previous Olympics and the ensuing two world championships. He was the World Cross Country Champion five times in a row in Gebreselassie's absence. The final broke down to a team race, with three Kenyans vs Ethiopians Gebreselassie and Assefa Mezgebu. With a lap to go, John Korir held the lead marked by Gebreselassie, with Tergat marking him. Mezgebu moved from behind Tergat to Gebreselassie's shoulder, boxing Tergat along the rail through the penultimate turn. Down the backstretch, Tergat slowed down a step to get out of the box, then sprinting around the outside, past everyone. The sprint was on. Unlike previous finals, Tergat had the drop on Gebreselassie, making him chase, with only Mezgebu able to hold on behind. Down the homestretch both were in full sprint, Tergat ahead, Gebreselassie making microscopic progress but not advancing enough to pass. Gebreselassie continued to press, drawing even with less than ten metres to go. Tergat strained, his last several steps losing his balance while Gebreselassie held form to take the gold again.

10000 m Men     Final 25 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 27.18.20     Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia ETH 18 Apr 73  
2 27.18.29     Paul Tergat Kenya KEN 17 Jun 69  
3 27.19.75     Assefa Mezegebu Ethiopia ETH 19 Jun 78  
4 27.20.44     Patrick Ivuti Kenya KEN 30 Jun 78  
5 27.24.75     John Cheruiyot Korir Kenya KEN 13 Dec 81  
6 27.37.83     Saïd Bérioui Morocco MAR 3 Jun 75  
7 27.40.44     Toshinari Takaoka Japan JPN 24 Sep 70  
8 27.44.09     Karl Keska Great Britain GBR 7 May 72  
9 27.44.56     Aloÿs Nizigama Burundi BDI 18 Jun 66  
10 27.46.17     Abdi Abdirahman United States USA 1 Jan 77  
11 27.49.75     Girma Tola Ethiopia ETH 13 Oct 75  
12 27.53.63     Meb Keflezighi United States USA 5 May 75  
13 27.54.56     David Galván Mexico MEX 6 Apr 73  
14 28.07.43     José Ramos Portugal POR 27 Jul 68  
15 28.08.11     Katsuhiko Hanada Japan JPN 12 Jun 71  
16 28.17.25     Samir Moussaoui Algeria ALG 15 May 75  
17 28.45.96     Rachid Berradi Italy ITA 29 Aug 75  
18 28.50.31     José Rios Spain ESP 15 Mar 74  
  DNF     Mohammed Mourhit Belgium BEL 10 Oct 70  
  DNF     Enrique Molina Spain ESP 25 Feb 68  
10000 m Men     Heat 1 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 27.50.01   Q Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia ETH 18 Apr 73  
2 27.50.10   Q Patrick Ivuti Kenya KEN 30 Jun 78  
3 27.50.19   Q John Cheruiyot Korir Kenya KEN 13 Dec 81  
4 27.50.64   Q Assefa Mezegebu Ethiopia ETH 19 Jun 78  
5 27.59.95   Q Toshinari Takaoka Japan JPN 24 Sep 70  
6 28.08.22   Q Samir Moussaoui Algeria ALG 15 May 75  
7 28.09.04   Q Abdi Abdirahman United States USA 1 Jan 77  
8 28.09.76   Q Enrique Molina Spain ESP 25 Feb 68  
9 28.11.20     Andres Jones Great Britain GBR 3 Feb 77  
10 28.14.54     Juan Armando Quintanilla Mexico MEX 19 Apr 68  
11 28.21.63     Sisay Bezabeh Australia AUS 1 Sep 77  
12 28.36.07     Sean Kaley Canada CAN 26 Feb 75  
13 28.43.74     Rob Denmark Great Britain GBR 23 Nov 68  
14 28.52.71     Shaun Creighton Australia AUS 14 May 67  
15 29.01.26     Daniele Caimmi Italy ITA 17 Dec 72  
16 29.10.90     Teodoro Cuñado Spain ESP 13 Feb 70  
17 29.31.83     Michael Aish New Zealand NZL 24 Jul 76  
10000 m Men     Heat 2 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 27.44.01   Q Girma Tola Ethiopia ETH 13 Oct 75  
2 27.44.07   Q Paul Tergat Kenya KEN 17 Jun 69  
3 27.45.13   Q Katsuhiko Hanada Japan JPN 12 Jun 71  
4 27.45.75   Q Mohammed Mourhit Belgium BEL 10 Oct 70  
5 27.45.83   Q Saïd Bérioui Morocco MAR 3 Jun 75  
6 27.48.29   Q Karl Keska Great Britain GBR 7 May 72  
7 27.49.53   Q David Galván Mexico MEX 6 Apr 73  
8 27.50.09   Q Aloÿs Nizigama Burundi BDI 18 Jun 66  
9 27.51.40   Q José Rios Spain ESP 15 Mar 74  
10 27.56.30   Q José Ramos Portugal POR 27 Jul 68  
11 27.58.96   Q Meb Keflezighi United States USA 5 May 75  
12 28.01.18     Rachid Berradi Italy ITA 29 Aug 75  
13 28.05.61     Mauricio Díaz Chile CHI 7 Aug 68 NR
14 28.08.59     Yonas Kifle Eritrea ERI 24 Mar 77  
15 28.30.46     Jeff Schiebler Canada CAN 1 Jun 73  
16 28.54.15     Dmitriy Maksimov Russia RUS 6 May 77  
17 29.00.71     Alan Culpepper United States USA 15 Sep 72  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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