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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988

Gold: KEN John Ngugi
Silver: FRG Dieter Baumann
Bronze: GDR Hansjörg Kunze

Summary

In the final, Kenta’s John Ngugi was near the lead at 1,000 metres when he took off and ran a 58.2 lap, opening a 30-metre lead. He ran his next kilometer in 2:32.2. Portugal’s Domingos Castro set off in chase after 3K, distancing the rest of the pack by 20 metres but he could not close on Ngugi, who still led by 30 metres after the 4,000 mark. Ngugi was never again challenged, as Castro could not maintain the pace and was passed on the final lap for the medals by Dieter Baumann (FRG) and Hansjörg Kunze (GDR). Ngugi was International Cross-Country Champion in 1986-89, and 1992. In 1993, he refused to take an out-of-competition drug test, and was suspended from competing for two years.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Ngugi 26 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Dieter Baumann 23 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Hansjörg Kunze 28 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Domingos Castro 24 Portugal POR
5 Sydney Maree 32 United States USA
6 Jack Buckner 26 Great Britain GBR
7 Stefano Mei 25 Italy ITA
8 Evgeni Ignatov 29 Bulgaria BUL
9 John Doherty 27 Ireland IRL
10 Jonny Danielson 24 Sweden SWE
11 Pascal Thiébaut 29 France FRA
12 Yobes Ondieki 27 Kenya KEN
13 Gary Staines 25 Great Britain GBR
14 Paul Arpin 28 France FRA
AC José Regalo 24 Portugal POR
8 h1 r2/3 Salvatore Antibo 26 Italy ITA
9 h1 r2/3 Cyrille Laventure 24 France FRA
9 h2 r2/3 Eamonn Martin 29 Great Britain GBR
10 h1 r2/3 Charles Cheruiyot 23 Kenya KEN
10 h2 r2/3 Mauricio González 27 Mexico MEX
11 h1 r2/3 Alejandro Gómez 21 Spain ESP
11 h2 r2/3 Doug Padilla 31 United States USA
12 h1 r2/3 Andrew Lloyd 29 Australia AUS
12 h2 r2/3 Abel Antón 25 Spain ESP
13 h1 r2/3 Paul Williams 32 Canada CAN
13 h2 r2/3 Mikhail Dasko 27 Soviet Union URS
14 h1 r2/3 Marcos Barreto 28 Mexico MEX
14 h2 r2/3 Vincent Rousseau 26 Belgium BEL
15 h1 r2/3 Eamonn Coghlan 35 Ireland IRL
15 h2 r2/3 Terry Brahm 25 United States USA
8 h2 r1/3 Fernando Couto 28 Portugal POR
9 h2 r1/3 Arturo Barrios 24 Mexico MEX
10 h1 r1/3 Dietmar Millonig 33 Austria AUT
10 h2 r1/3 Frank O'Mara 28 Ireland IRL
11 h1 r1/3 Pierre Délèze 29 Switzerland SUI
11 h2 r1/3 Shuichi Yoneshige 27 Japan JPN
12 h1 r1/3 Carey Nelson 25 Canada CAN
12 h2 r1/3 Stanley Mandebele 26 Zimbabwe ZIM
13 h1 r1/3 Aboukar Hassan Adani 20 Somalia SOM
13 h2 r1/3 Kim Yeong-Gil 23 South Korea KOR
14 h1 r1/3 Ismael Hassan 21 Djibouti DJI
14 h2 r1/3 Edward Nabunone 20 Indonesia INA
15 h1 r1/3 Hari Bahadur Rokaya 23 Nepal NEP
15 h2 r1/3 George Mambosasa 24 Malawi MAW
15 h3 r1/3 Juma Mnyampanda 20 Tanzania TAN
16 h1 r1/3 Kaleka Mutoke 22 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
16 h2 r1/3 Anwar Al-Harazi 15 North Yemen YAR
16 h3 r1/3 Ahmed Ibrahim Warsama 21 Qatar QAT
17 h1 r1/3 Ian Gray 24 Belize BIZ
17 h2 r1/3 Mohamed Ould Khalifa 20 Mauritania MTN
17 h3 r1/3 Mathias Ntawulikura 24 Rwanda RWA
18 h1 r1/3 Abdel Rahman Massad 31 Sudan SUD
18 h3 r1/3 Farouk Ahmed Sayed 17 South Yemen YMD
19 h1 r1/3 Manuel Rondo 21 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
19 h3 r1/3 Ronodji Niakaken 23 Chad CHA
AC h2 r1/3 Lars Ove Strømø 25 Norway NOR