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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: August 3, 1992

Gold: MAR Khalid Skah
Silver: KEN Richard Chelimo
Bronze: ETH Addis Abebe

Summary

While the 1964 Olympic 10K had seen the biggest upset in the event's history, the 1992 final was the most controversial ever. The world record holder, Arturo Barrios (MEX), was in the race, as was 1991 World Champion Moses Tanui (KEN) and World runner-up Richard Chelimo (KEN). Also back was 1990 European Champion and 1988 silver medalist, Salvatore Antibo of Italy. Chelimo set the pace early in the final, dropping all but seven runners by the eighth lap. By the 16th lap, Chelimo still led, now only accompanied by Morocco's Khalid Skah, twice International Cross-Country champion. By the 19th lap, these two were lapping runners and one of the runners they came upon on the 22nd lap was Morocco's Hammou Boutayeb. Though he was lapped he suddenly found the strength to run with Chelimo and Skah, to the detriment of Chelimo. Writing in Track & Field News, Cordner Nelson noted, "In the next lap and a half, Boutayeb committed unarmed assault." He bumped Chelimo several times, cut him off at least twice, and made him run over and around him several times. Shortly before the bell, IAAF Technical Delegate Carl-Gustaf Tollemar ran onto the track to warn Boutayeb to stop his tactics and appeared to try to stop him, to no avail. On the last lap, Skah was the fresher runner, and outsprinted Chelimo, his tank dry from having to fight off Boutayeb's assaults. Boutayeb dropped out on the last lap. Shortly after the finish, Skah began a victory lap that was greeted by boos and detritus being thrown at him from the stands. Before he had finished the lap, the IAAF had disqualified him and declared Chelimo the winner. Moroccan officials immediately appealed the ruling, and the next day Skah was reinstated. On the victory podium two days later, the chorus of derision on the victory lap seemed mild compared to the abuse heaped on Skah.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Khalid Skah 25 Morocco MAR Gold
2 Richard Chelimo 19 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Addis Abebe 21 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Salvatore Antibo 30 Italy ITA
5 Arturo Barrios 28 Mexico MEX
6 Germán Silva 24 Mexico MEX
7 William Koech 30 Kenya KEN
8 Moses Tanui 26 Kenya KEN
9 Fita Bayissa 19 Ethiopia ETH
10 Todd Williams 23 United States USA
11 Paul Evans 31 Great Britain GBR
12 Zoltán Káldy 23 Hungary HUN
13 Xolile Yawa 29 South Africa RSA
14 Haruo Urata 30 Japan JPN
15 Tony Martins-Bordelo 28 France FRA
16 Armando Quintanilla 24 Mexico MEX
17 Richard Nerurkar 28 Great Britain GBR
18 Antonio Silio 26 Argentina ARG
19 John Halvorsen 25 Norway NOR
AC Hammou Boutayeb Morocco MAR
10 h2 r1/2 Francesco Bennici 20 Italy ITA
11 h2 r1/2 José Carlos Adán 25 Spain ESP
12 h1 r1/2 Oleg Strizhakov 29 Unified Team EUN
12 h2 r1/2 Mathias Ntawulikura 28 Rwanda RWA
13 h1 r1/2 Steve Plasencia 35 United States USA
13 h2 r1/2 Aaron Ramirez 27 United States USA
14 h1 r1/2 Stéphane Franke 28 Germany GER
14 h2 r1/2 Sakae Osaki 27 Japan JPN
15 h1 r1/2 Carlos de la Torre 26 Spain ESP
15 h2 r1/2 Fernando Couto 32 Portugal POR
16 h1 r1/2 Sean Dollman 23 Ireland IRL
16 h2 r1/2 Carsten Eich 22 Germany GER
17 h1 r1/2 Paul Williams 35 Canada CAN
17 h2 r1/2 Noel Berkeley 27 Ireland IRL
18 h1 r1/2 Tendai Chimusasa 21 Zimbabwe ZIM
18 h2 r1/2 Vincent Rousseau 29 Belgium BEL
19 h1 r1/2 Juan José Castillo 24 Peru PER
19 h2 r1/2 Eamonn Martin 33 Great Britain GBR
20 h1 r1/2 Miguel Vargas 32 Costa Rica CRC
20 h2 r1/2 Isaac Simelane 24 Swaziland SWZ
21 h1 r1/2 Patrick Rama 27 Lesotho LES
21 h2 r1/2 John Mwathiwa 25 Malawi MAW
22 h1 r1/2 Awad Al-Hasini 25 Jordan JOR
22 h2 r1/2 Herder Vázquez 25 Colombia COL
23 h2 r1/2 Edy Punina 25 Ecuador ECU
24 h2 r1/2 Policarpio Calizaya 29 Bolivia BOL
25 h2 r1/2 Omar Daher Gadid 26 Djibouti DJI
26 h2 r1/2 Khalid Al-Estashi 18 Yemen YEM
27 h2 r1/2 Marlon Williams 35 United States Virgin Islands ISV
28 h2 r1/2 Binesh Prasad 29 Fiji FIJ
AC h1 r1/2 Abdullah Al-Dosari 27 Bahrain BRN
AC h1 r1/2 Alejandro Gómez 25 Spain ESP
AC h1 r1/2 Risto Ulmala 29 Finland FIN
AC h1 r1/2 Thierry Pantel 28 France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Sid'Ahmed Ould Mohamedou 26 Mauritania MTN
AC h1 r1/2 Domingos Castro 28 Portugal POR