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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996

Gold: ETH Haile Gebrselassie
Silver: KEN Paul Tergat
Bronze: MAR Salah Hissou

Summary

Haile Gebrselassie was an overwhelming favorite. He was the world record holder and had won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships. His biggest rival was expected to be Kenyan Paul Tergat, twice International Cross-Country champion. The pace was taken for the first half of the race by Burundian Aloÿs Nizigama. The Kenyans then took up the pace, dropping all but six runners. At 8,000 metres, Tergat ran two laps in just over two minutes, and only Gebrselassie could stay with him. At the bell, he moved to Tergat’s shoulder and sprinted by him almost disdainfully. Tergat closed slightly in the stretch but it was an easy victory for Geb on the final lap.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Haile Gebrselassie 23 Ethiopia ETH Gold OR
2 Paul Tergat 27 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Salah Hissou 24 Morocco MAR Bronze
4 Aloÿs Nizigama 30 Burundi BDI
5 Josphat Machuka 22 Kenya KEN
6 Paul Koech 27 Kenya KEN
7 Khalid Skah 29 Morocco MAR
8 Mathias Ntawulikura 32 Rwanda RWA
9 Stéphane Franke 32 Germany GER
10 Jon Brown 25 Great Britain GBR
11 Armando Quintanilla 28 Mexico MEX
12 Marko Hhawu 17 Tanzania TAN
13 Abel Antón 33 Spain ESP
14 Carlos de la Torre 30 Spain ESP
15 Alejandro Gómez 29 Spain ESP
16 Zoltán Káldy 27 Hungary HUN
17 Worku Bikila 28 Ethiopia ETH
18 Stefano Baldini 25 Italy ITA
AC Paul Evans 35 Great Britain GBR
AC Alyan Al-Qahtani 24 Saudi Arabia KSA
10 h2 r1/2 Silvio Guerra 27 Ecuador ECU
11 h2 r1/2 Abraham Assefa 23 Ethiopia ETH
12 h1 r1/2 Robbie Johnston 28 New Zealand NZL
12 h2 r1/2 Toshinari Takaoka 25 Japan JPN
13 h1 r1/2 Katsuhiko Hanada 25 Japan JPN
13 h2 r1/2 Shaun Creighton 29 Australia AUS
14 h1 r1/2 Róbert Štefko 28 Slovakia SVK
14 h2 r1/2 Alfredo Brás 27 Portugal POR
15 h1 r1/2 Carlos Patrício 31 Portugal POR
15 h2 r1/2 Hendrick Ramaala 24 South Africa RSA
16 h1 r1/2 Ronaldo da Costa 26 Brazil BRA
16 h2 r1/2 Brad Barquist 28 United States USA
17 h1 r1/2 Dan Middleman 26 United States USA
17 h2 r1/2 Charles Mulinga 28 Zambia ZAM
18 h1 r1/2 Mohamed Ezzher 36 France FRA
18 h2 r1/2 Miroslav Vanko 23 Slovakia SVK
19 h1 r1/2 Martín Pitayo 35 Mexico MEX
19 h2 r1/2 Sean Dollman 27 Ireland IRL
20 h1 r1/2 Herder Vázquez 29 Colombia COL
20 h2 r1/2 Sayed Hamid Sajjadi 27 Iran IRI
21 h1 r1/2 Majed Abu Maraheel 33 Palestine PLE
21 h2 r1/2 Jeff Schiebler 23 Canada CAN
AC h1 r1/2 Larbi Zéroual 25 Morocco MAR
AC h2 r1/2 Abdellah Béhar 33 France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Paulo Guerra 25 Portugal POR
AC h2 r1/2 Todd Williams 27 United States USA