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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 20 August
Competitors 24 from 14 nations
Winning time 27:05.10 OR
Gold medal    Ethiopia
Silver medal    Ethiopia
Bronze medal    Eritrea
Official Video Highlights @ 2:03
Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
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Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
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Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
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Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

The men's 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 20. No preliminary rounds were held at this distance, since the number of competitors allowed a direct final.[1]

The Ethiopians were in control throughout the distance. A leading group of five runners crystallized. As Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine turned up the pace with two kilometres left, Zersenay Tadese, Boniface Kiprop Toroitich and reigning Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie, who was running with a calf injury, were not able to keep up. Bekele, the world record holder, assured his victory with a brilliant Olympic record finish (27:05.10 minutes), completing the final 400 metres in less than 54 seconds.[2][3]


  • Records 1
  • Qualification 2
  • Schedule 3
  • Results 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:20.31 Ostrava, Czech Republic 8 June 2004
Olympic record  Haile Gebreselassie (ETH) 27:07.34 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Result Record
20 August Final Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 27:05.10 OR


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 10000 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 27:49.00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 28:06.00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
Date Time Round
Friday, 20 August 2004 22:35 Final


Athletes take off at the start of the men's 10000 metres final.
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 27:05.10 OR
Sileshi Sihine Ethiopia 27:09.39
Zersenay Tadese Eritrea 27:22.57 NR
4 Boniface Kiprop Toroitich Uganda 27:25.48 SB
5 Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 27:27.70
6 John Cheruiyot Korir Kenya 27:41.91 SB
7 Moses Mosop Kenya 27:46.61
8 Ismaïl Sghyr France 27:57.09
9 José Manuel Martínez Spain 27:57.61
10 Fabiano Joseph Naasi Tanzania 28:01.94 SB
11 Wilson Busienei Uganda 28:10.75
12 Dan Browne United States 28:14.53
13 Charles Kamathi Kenya 28:17.08
14 Kamiel Maase Netherlands 28:23.39
15 Abdi Abdirahman United States 28:26.26
16 Yonas Kifle Eritrea 28:29.87
17 Dieudonne Disi Rwanda 28:43.19
18 Mohammed Amyne Morocco 28:55.96
19 Ryuji Ono Japan 29:06.50
20 Teodoro Vega Mexico 29:06.55
21 David Galván Mexico 29:38.05
22 John Henwood New Zealand DNF
23 John Yuda Msuri Tanzania DNF
24 Dathan Ritzenhein United States DNF


  1. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 10000m Final".  
  2. ^ "Brilliant Bekele takes gold".  
  3. ^ Elliott, Helene (21 August 2004). "Ethiopians 1-2 in 10,000 With Gebrselassie Fifth".  

External links

  • IAAF Athens 2004 Olympic Coverage
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