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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 2, 1960

Gold: NZL Murray Halberg
Silver: GER Hans Grodotzki
Bronze: POL Kazimierz Zimny

Summary

The 1958 European Championships had seen Poland’s Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak win the 5K/10k double. But by 1960 he had turned to the steeplechase and would win the gold medal in that event in Roma. The world record was still held by 1956 gold medalist Vladimir Kuts but in early 1960 he suffered a heart attack, the first of four he would have before dying quite young in 1975. The final was wide open with nobody considered a favorite. With three laps remaining, New Zealand’s Murray Halberg, the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, sprinted to the front and opened up a 25-metre lead in one lap. He also ran the penultimate lap quickly though somewhat slower (64.1 to 61.1), coming to the bell 20 metres ahead of Hans Grodotzki (FRG). It was then up to Halberg to hang on although the last 800 metres had exhausted his reserves. He was able to produce a 64.1 final lap, with Grodotzki closing but still eight metres back at the line. Halberg would also win the 1962 Commonwealth Games 5,000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Murray Halberg 27 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Hans Grodotzki 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Kazimierz Zimny 25 Poland POL Bronze
4 Friedrich Janke 29 Germany GER
5 Dave Power 32 Australia AUS
6 Nyandika Maiyoro Kenya KEN
7 Michel Bernard 28 France FRA
8 Horst Flosbach 24 Germany GER
9 Aleksandr Artynyuk 24 Soviet Union URS
10 Sándor Iharos 30 Hungary HUN
11 Albie Thomas 25 Australia AUS
12 Luigi Conti 22 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/2 Yury Zakharov 27 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r1/2 Allan Lawrence 30 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Bill Dellinger 26 United States USA
4 h4 r1/2 Bruce Tulloh 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Reijo Höykinpuro 27 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/2 Hamoud Ameur 28 France FRA
5 h3 r1/2 Boris Yefimov 25 Soviet Union URS
5 h4 r1/2 Miroslav Jurek 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1 r1/2 Hedwig Leenaert 28 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r1/2 Manuel de Oliveira 19 Portugal POR
6 h3 r1/2 Simo Saloranta 25 Finland FIN
6 h4 r1/2 Eugène Allonsius 22 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r1/2 Frank Salvat 25 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/2 Doug Kyle 28 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/2 Jaroslav Bohatý 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h4 r1/2 Bob Soth 27 United States USA
8 h1 r1/2 Gabrou Merawi 27 Ethiopia ETH
8 h2 r1/2 Marian Jochman 25 Poland POL
8 h3 r1/2 Gordon Pirie 29 Great Britain GBR
8 h4 r1/2 Miklós Szabó 31 Hungary HUN
9 h1 r1/2 Jim Beatty 25 United States USA
9 h2 r1/2 José Molíns 27 Spain ESP
9 h3 r1/2 Khristos Khiotis 28 Greece GRE
9 h4 r1/2 Andrei Barabaş 22 Romania ROU
10 h1 r1/2 Michael Hoey 21 Ireland IRL
10 h2 r1/2 Mohamed Saïd 25 Morocco MAR
10 h3 r1/2 Cyprian Tseriwa 23 Zimbabwe ZIM
10 h4 r1/2 Muharrem Dalkılıç 22 Turkey TUR
11 h1 r1/2 Kassim Mukhtar Iraq IRQ
11 h2 r1/2 Ranjit Bhatia 24 India IND
11 h3 r1/2 Somnuek Srisombati 27 Thailand THA
11 h4 r1/2 Jean Aniset 25 Luxembourg LUX
12 h4 r1/2 Mubarak Shah 30 Pakistan PAK
13 h4 r1/2 George De Peana 24 Guyana GUY
AC h1 r1/2 José Aceituno 23 Chile CHI DNF
AC h1 r1/2 Béla Székeres 22 Hungary HUN DNF