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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964

Gold: USA Bob Schul
Silver: GER Harald Norpoth
Bronze: USA Bill Dellinger

Summary

A few weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, America’s Bob Schul had broken the world record for 2 miles, running 8:26.4 in Los Angeles. With no heavy favorite in the 5K, he felt he had the best finishing speed and if he could stay in contact until the final lap, felt he could win the gold medal. The pace in the final was set up Australia’s Ron Clarke, but France’s Michel Jazy took the lead at the bell. Jazy would break the world mile record in 1965 and also possessed top finishing speed. With 200 metres left, Jazy had a five-metre lead and looked a sure bet. But Schul began his kick on the final curve and caught him with 50 metres left, becoming the first American to win the 5,000 metres at the Olympics – and thru 2008, the only one. Jazy had nothing left and fell out of the medals, passed in the closing metres by Harald Norpoth (FRG) and the USA’s Bill Dellinger. At the 1966 European Championships, Jazy would win the gold medal, defeating Norpoth in the stretch. The race was run in a heavy rain.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bob Schul 27 United States USA Gold
2 Harald Norpoth 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Bill Dellinger 30 United States USA Bronze
4 Michel Jazy 28 France FRA
5 Kip Keino 24 Kenya KEN
6 Bill Baillie 30 New Zealand NZL
7 Nikolay Dutov 25 Soviet Union URS
8 Thor Helland 27 Norway NOR
9 Ron Clarke 27 Australia AUS
10 Stepan Baidiuk 23 Soviet Union URS
11 Mike Wiggs 26 Great Britain GBR
1 h3 r1/2 Mohamad Gammoudi 26 Tunisia TUN
4 h1 r1/2 Andrei Barabaş 26 Romania ROU
4 h2 r1/2 Lech Boguszewicz 26 Poland POL
4 h3 r1/2 Murray Halberg 31 New Zealand NZL
4 h4 r1/2 Francisco Aritmendi 26 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/2 Tony Cook 28 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Kęstutis Orentas 25 Soviet Union URS
5 h3 r1/2 Josef Tomáš 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h4 r1/2 Sven-Olov Larsson 26 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/2 John Herring 28 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Eugène Allonsius 26 Belgium BEL
6 h3 r1/2 Bengt Nåjde 22 Sweden SWE
6 h4 r1/2 Satsuo Iwashita 23 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/2 Muharrem Dalkılıç 26 Turkey TUR
7 h2 r1/2 Jean Vaillant 32 France FRA
7 h3 r1/2 Franc Červan 27 Yugoslavia YUG
7 h4 r1/2 Derek Graham 23 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r1/2 Lutz Philipp 23 Germany GER
8 h2 r1/2 Manfred Letzerich 22 Germany GER
8 h3 r1/2 Simo Saloranta 29 Finland FIN
8 h4 r1/2 Oscar Moore 26 United States USA
9 h1 r1/2 Bruce Kidd 21 Canada CAN
9 h2 r1/2 Tom O'Riordan 27 Ireland IRL
9 h3 r1/2 Lajos Mecser 22 Hungary HUN
9 h4 r1/2 Simo Važić 30 Yugoslavia YUG
10 h1 r1/2 János Pintér 27 Hungary HUN
10 h2 r1/2 Aske Dam 22 Denmark DEN
10 h3 r1/2 Jean Fayolle 26 France FRA
10 h4 r1/2 Henri Clerckx 28 Belgium BEL
11 h1 r1/2 Jean Randrianjatavo 27 Madagascar MAD
11 h2 r1/2 Albie Thomas 29 Australia AUS
11 h3 r1/2 Sermsak Keocanta 25 Thailand THA
11 h4 r1/2 Neville Scott 29 New Zealand NZL
12 h2 r1/2 Fernando Aguilar 26 Spain ESP
12 h3 r1/2 Ranatunge Karunananda 28 Sri Lanka SRI
13 h2 r1/2 Álvaro Mejía 24 Colombia COL
13 h3 r1/2 Nguyễn Văn Lý 22 South Vietnam VNM