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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000

Gold: ETH Haile Gebrselassie
Silver: KEN Paul Tergat
Bronze: ETH Assefa Mezgebu

Summary

The heavy favorite was Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie, the defending gold medalist, World Champion in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999, and the current, and three-time, world record holder. His challenge would come from Paul Tergat (KEN), silver medalist in 1996, and who had held the world record in 1997 after running 26:27.85 in Bruxelles, and had won the last five International Cross-Country championships. The final was much closer than expected, as at the bell there were five runners together – Geb, Tergat, Assefa Mezegebu (ETH), Patrick Ivuti (KEN), and John Cheruiyot Korir (KEN). Tergat moved ahead on the backstretch and only Geb responded. On the final straight, there was nothing to choose between them but Geb pulled ahead in the last few strides to defend his gold medal, as they ran the last 200 in 25.4. Tergat had his second consecutive gold medal, and commented, “I did my best. I can do no better than that. I had nothing left at the end.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Haile Gebrselassie 27 Ethiopia ETH Gold
2 Paul Tergat 31 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Assefa Mezgebu 22 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Patrick Ivuti 22 Kenya KEN
5 John Korir 18 Kenya KEN
6 Saïd Bérioui 25 Morocco MAR
7 Toshinari Takaoka 29 Japan JPN
8 Karl Keska 28 Great Britain GBR
9 Aloÿs Nizigama 34 Burundi BDI
10 Abdi Abdirahman 23 United States USA
11 Girma Tolla 24 Ethiopia ETH
12 Meb Keflezighi 25 United States USA
13 José David Galván 24 Mexico MEX
14 José Ramos 32 Portugal POR
15 Katsuhiko Hanada 29 Japan JPN
16 Samir Moussaoui 25 Algeria ALG
17 Rachid Berradi 25 Italy ITA
18 José Ríos 26 Spain ESP
AC Mohammed Mourhit 29 Belgium BEL
AC Enrique Molina 32 Spain ESP
9 h1 r1/2 Andres Jones 23 Great Britain GBR
10 h1 r1/2 Armando Quintanilla 32 Mexico MEX
11 h1 r1/2 Sisay Bezabeh 23 Australia AUS
12 h1 r1/2 Sean Kaley 25 Canada CAN
13 h1 r1/2 Rob Denmark 31 Great Britain GBR
13 h2 r1/2 Mauricio Díaz 32 Chile CHI
14 h1 r1/2 Shaun Creighton 33 Australia AUS
14 h2 r1/2 Yonas Kifle 23 Eritrea ERI
15 h1 r1/2 Daniele Caimmi 27 Italy ITA
15 h2 r1/2 Jeff Schiebler 27 Canada CAN
16 h1 r1/2 Teodoro Cuñado 30 Spain ESP
16 h2 r1/2 Dmitry Maksimov 23 Russia RUS
17 h1 r1/2 Michael Aish 24 New Zealand NZL
17 h2 r1/2 Alan Culpepper 27 United States USA