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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 27, 2000

Gold: ETH Million Wolde
Silver: ALG Ali Saïdi-Sief
Bronze: MAR Brahim Lahlafi

Summary

This race was one of survivors and those who chose to run. Notable among those not in the race were world record holder Haile Gebrselassie, 1999 World Champion Saleh Hissou (MAR), and top Kenyan distance runner Paul Tergat. The final pace was funereal, and the lead in the race changed hands several times. On the penultimate lap, Algeria’s Ali Saïdi-Sief ran 55.0 to drop everyone but Million Wolde (ETH). But Wolde’s speed off the slow pace was stunning as he ran his last lap in 53.83 and his last 800 metres in 1:54.1, outsprinting Saïdi-Sief in the final stretch.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Million Wolde 21 Ethiopia ETH Gold
2 Ali Saïdi-Sief 22 Algeria ALG Silver
3 Brahim Lahlafi 32 Morocco MAR Bronze
4 Fita Bayissa 27 Ethiopia ETH
5 David Chelule 23 Kenya KEN
6 Dagne Alemu 19 Ethiopia ETH
7 Serhiy Lebid 25 Ukraine UKR
8 Jirka Arndt 27 Germany GER
9 Julius Gitahi 22 Kenya KEN
10 Richard Limo 19 Kenya KEN
11 Réda Benzine 29 Algeria ALG
12 Mizan Mehari 20 Australia AUS
13 Adam Goucher 25 United States USA
14 Mohamed Sulaiman 30 Qatar QAT
15 Toshinari Takaoka 29 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/2 Mark Carroll 28 Ireland IRL
8 h2 r1/2 Craig Mottram 20 Australia AUS
9 h2 r1/2 Youssef El-Nasri 21 Spain ESP
10 h1 r1/2 Katsuhiko Hanada 29 Japan JPN
10 h2 r1/2 Mohamed Saïd El-Wardi 28 Morocco MAR
11 h1 r1/2 Marius Bakken 22 Norway NOR
11 h2 r1/2 Brad Hauser 23 United States USA
12 h1 r1/2 Nick Rogers 25 United States USA
12 h2 r1/2 Pablo Olmedo 25 Mexico MEX
13 h1 r1/2 Mike Power 24 Australia AUS
13 h2 r1/2 Mustapha Essaïd 30 France FRA
14 h1 r1/2 Ahmed Ibrahim Warsama 33 Qatar QAT
14 h2 r1/2 Sam Mfula Mwape 24 Zambia ZAM
15 h1 r1/2 Kris Bowditch 25 Great Britain GBR
15 h2 r1/2 Vénuste Niyongabo 26 Burundi BDI
16 h1 r1/2 Alberto García 29 Spain ESP
16 h2 r1/2 Bolota Asmerom 21 Eritrea ERI
17 h1 r1/2 Hélder Ornelas 26 Portugal POR
17 h2 r1/2 Gyan Bahadur Bohara 31 Nepal NEP
18 h2 r1/2 Shihab Houna Murad 32 Iraq IRQ
19 h2 r1/2 Maung Maung Nge 22 Myanmar MYA