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2012 Olympic Games London - Men's 10000 m



Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Final only.
Date Started: August 4, 2012  
Date Finished: August 4, 2012  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
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The 10K final was held on the second night of athletics at the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Only hours before the race started Britain's Greg Rutherford had won gold in the long jump, followed shortly by Jessica Ennis completing her heptathlon gold medal, with both victories bringing the pro-British crowd to a frenzy. The frenzy would only get more intense. The two-time defending champion was Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele but he had had a difficult year with injuries and his form was not known coming into London. Britain posted their hopes on Mo Farah, silver medalist in the event at the 2011 World Championships. Farah would run together with his training partner, American Galen Rupp, both of them coached by 1984 Olympian and former marathon world-record golder Alberto Salazar.
Farah and Rupp wanted a slow pace and to kick off it, but the other finalists must not have heard that. Bekele ran 65.2 for the opening lap but then jogged through the second in 73.2 and the third lap was even slower. The pace was lethargic with 5K passed only in 14:05.79. It was only in the final three laps that the pace quickened with Farah taking the lead at the bell. He led throughout the final laps as the African runners could not get to him. On the final turn, Rupp moved into third and on the final straight he outsprinted Ethiopian Tariku Bekele to win silver behind Farah, who ran 53.4 for his final lap. The Olympic Stadium rocked for the third British gold in only a few hours.
Farah would come back seven days later to win the distance double of 5/10K. Rupp's medal in the 10K was the first for an American since Billy Mills had won the event at the 1964 Olympics. Kenenisa Bekele trailed back in fourth in his attempt to three-peat.
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The Men's 10,000 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 4 August.

The race was won by Mo Farah, the reigning 5000 metres World Champion, in a time of 27:30.42. From the beginning Farah stayed close to the race leaders, who on the first lap were the defending champion Kenenisa Bekele and his brother Tariku. After six laps, the half marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese and his Eritrean teammates began to push the pace. At the same time, Moses Kipsiro went down, causing the field to scatter and Farah to fall back in the field with his American training partner Galen Rupp. When Tariku Bekele came up behind Tadese, his attempt to force the pace slowed. The 5000 metre mark was reached in 14:05.79, with Tadesse in front, though Bedan Karoki Muchiri took the lead soon after. Thirteen runners remained in the lead pack including three Ethiopians, three Eritreans, two Kenyans, Kipsiro, Polat Kemboi Arikan, Farah and Rupp. Strategic play continued as Tariku elbowed Farah, causing him to step to the outside ready to cover a move. Then the third Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam, ran to the front, but rather than forcing the pace, he seemed to slow it down. With two laps to go, Tariku Bekele regained the lead, with Farah on his shoulder and Moses Ndiema Masai, Rupp and Michuri following in close formation. At the start of the final lap, Farah made his move into the lead. For most of the last lap, Tariku Bekele, Muchuri, Rupp, and Kenenisa Bekele respectively remained in tow until the final turn at which point Farah pulled away for the win with a final lap of 53.48 seconds. With 60m left, Rupp went outside and outsprinted Tariku Bekele to take the silver medal. Tariku Bekele held on for third place just ahead of his older brother and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele.

Farah's gold medal was the final of three gold medals in one evening for the host country, their most successful day in Olympic history.



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

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Brussels, Belgium 26 August 2005
Olympic record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:01.17 Beijing, China 17 August 2008
2012 World leading  Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 27:01.98 Eugene, OR, United States 1 June 2012

File:Mens 10000 m medal ceremony - 2012 Olympics.jpg
Mens 10k medal ceremony

04 AUG 2012 Report

London 2012 - Event Report - Men's 10,000m Final

Fulfilling the extraordinary expectations heaped on his slight shoulders, Mo Farah captured a thrilling victory in the men’s 10,000m tonight, the first ever in the event for Great Britain.

Farah’s captivating victory in 27:30.42 capped a stunning evening for the host nation, coming after gold medal performances by heptathlete Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford, the surprise winner in the Long Jump. And the 29-year-old did it in fine style, prevailing in one of the most entertaining and competitive 10,000m races in recent history.

No less than ten men were still in contention with less than a kilometre remaining, with the ultimate medallists not clearly decided until the final 100 metres.

Farah’s training partner, Galen Rupp, finished just a few steps back to take silver, the first medal in the event for the U.S. since Billy Mills’ victory in Rome 52 years ago. In his second Olympic Games, Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia, Kenenisa’s younger brother, took the bronze with his brother next, one second adrift.

"It’s the best moment of my life," said Farah, whose triumph ended a streak of four successive Ethiopian victories and crushed Kenenisa Bekele’s bid for a third straight. "My legs were getting tired but the crowd gave me a boost."

Tired legs or not, Farah will try to replicate Bekele’s Beijing double victory when he returns to action in the opening round of the 5000m on Wednesday. His opponents there will want to study this evening’s final to get a better grip on precisely what Farah will be capable of over the shorter distance.

He began conservatively, choosing to stay in the second pack for the opening nine minutes of the race and still mid-pack, running nearly side-by-side with Rupp, through the first half, which the leaders covered in just over 14:05. Eritrean Zersenay Tadese along with Kenyan Bedan Muchiri did much of the early leading, with the Bekele brothers shadowing closely.

Farah joined the front group early in the second half, slipping into fifth position. Just beyond the 18-minute point, with Kenyans Moses Masai and Muchiri leading, Rupp joined his training partner, moving up and into fourth. With about seven laps to go, the Kenyan and Ethiopian pairs along with Farah and Rupp were at the lead, but the pack still consisted of a dozen men who remained very much in contention.

With four laps to go, Farah moved to the front briefly to up the tempo; a lap later Ethiopians Gebregziabher Gebremariam and Tariku Bekele moved to the head of pack which at this late point only dropped a pair of runners off the back.

With the collective roar of another capacity crowd of 80,000 to propel him, the Briton made his decisive move with 500 metres remaining, with the younger Bekele and Rupp in tow. The noise of the crowd now deafening, Farah extended his lead at the start of the final turn and was well clear of the Ethiopian as he entered the homestraight. Spurred on by his colleague, Rupp passed Bekele with 50 metres remaining to secure the silver and a 1-2 finish for coach Alberto Salazar.

"I’m thrilled for Mo," said Rupp, who will also contest the 5000m next week. "Two training partners coming in first and second. I couldn’t be happier. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. We work hard but I’m the lucky one: I get to train with the best middle distance runner in the world."

Kenyan international newcomer Muchiri, just 21, was rewarded for his tenacity at the front with a fifth place finish in 27:32.94, more than half a second ahead of Tadese (27:33.51), the 2004 bronze medallist. His teammate Teklemariam Mehdin was next in 27:34.76, with Gebremariam (27:36.34) rounding out the top eight.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

10000 m Men     Final 4 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 27.30.42     Mohamed Farah Great Britain GBR 23 Mar 83  
2 27.30.90     Galen Rupp United States USA 8 May 86  
3 27.31.43     Tariku Bekele Ethiopia ETH 21 Jan 87  
4 27.32.44     Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia ETH 13 Jun 82  
5 27.32.94     Bedan Karoki Kenya KEN 21 Aug 90  
6 27.33.51     Zersenay Tadese Eritrea ERI 8 Feb 82  
7 27.34.76     Teklemariam Medhin Weldeslasie Eritrea ERI 24 Jun 89  
8 27.36.34     Gebregziabher Gebremariam Ethiopia ETH 10 Sep 84  
9 27.38.81     Polat Kemboi Arıkan Turkey TUR 12 Dec 90  
10 27.39.22     Moses Kipsiro Uganda UGA 2 Sep 86  
11 27.40.68     Cam Levins Canada CAN 28 Mar 89  
12 27.41.34     Moses Masai Kenya KEN 1 Jun 86  
13 27.45.89     Dathan Ritzenhein United States USA 30 Dec 82  
14 27.56.67     Robert Kajuga Rwanda RWA 1 Jan 85  
15 27.56.78     Nguse Tesfaldet Eritrea ERI 10 Nov 86  
16 27.58.96     Thomas Ayeko Uganda UGA 10 Feb 92  
17 28.07.25     Moukhled Al-Outaibi Saudi Arabia KSA 20 Jun 76  
18 28.13.91     Mohammed Ahmed Canada CAN 5 Jan 91  
19 28.18.26     Matt Tegenkamp United States USA 19 Jan 82  
20 28.32.67     Ben St. Lawrence Australia AUS 7 Nov 81  
21 28.36.19     Diego Estrada Mexico MEX 12 Dec 89  
22 28.44.06     Yuki Sato Japan JPN 26 Nov 86  
23 28.49.85     Ayad Lamdassem Spain ESP 11 Oct 81  
24 28.57.46     Daniele Meucci Italy ITA 7 Oct 85  
25 29.06.14     Chris Thompson Great Britain GBR 17 Apr 81  
26 29.32.12     Mykola Labovskyy Ukraine UKR 4 May 83  
  DNF     Hasan Mahboob Ali Bahrain BRN 31 Dec 81  
  DNF     Byron Piedra Ecuador ECU 9 Aug 82  
  DNF     Wilson Kiprop Kenya KEN 14 Apr 87  



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