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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004
Format: Final only.

Gold: ETH Kenenisa Bekele
Silver: ETH Sileshi Sihine
Bronze: ERI Zersenay Tadesse

Summary

After winning the World Championships four consecutive times (1993-99), Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie had come back to the field slightly by 2004. He had finished third at the 2001 Worlds, and in 2003, placed second to his countryman, Kenenisa Bekele. Bekele had also won the International Cross-Country from 2002-2004, and had broken Geb’s world record earlier in 2004 and was favored in Athens. After seven laps, the Ethiopians (including Sileshi Sihine) took off and forced the pace. On the 22nd lap, Bekele and Sihine had dropped the other runners, but on the final lap, Sihine had no match for Bekele’s speed. Bekele ran the final lap in 52.9 seconds, and the final 200 in 25.7 to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Kenenisa Bekele 22 Ethiopia ETH Gold 27:05.10 OR
2 Sileshi Sihine 21 Ethiopia ETH Silver 27:09.39
3 Zersenay Tadesse 22 Eritrea ERI Bronze 27:22.57
4 Boniface Kiprop 18 Uganda UGA 27:25.48
5 Haile Gebrselassie 31 Ethiopia ETH 27:27.70
6 John Korir 22 Kenya KEN 27:41.91
7 Moses Mosop 19 Kenya KEN 27:46.61
8 Smail Sghyr 32 France FRA 27:57.09
9 José Manuel Martínez 32 Spain ESP 27:57.61
10 Fabiano Joseph 18 Tanzania TAN 28:01.94
11 Wilson Kipkemei Busienei 22 Uganda UGA 28:10.75
12 Dan Browne 29 United States USA 28:14.53
13 Charles Kamathi 26 Kenya KEN 28:17.08
14 Kamiel Maase 32 Netherlands NED 28:23.39
15 Abdi Abdirahman 27 United States USA 28:26.26
16 Yonas Kifle 27 Eritrea ERI 28:29.87
17 Dieudonné Disi 25 Rwanda RWA 28:43.19
18 Mohamed Amyn 28 Morocco MAR 28:55.96
19 Ryuji Ono 19 Japan JPN 29:06.50
20 Teodoro Vega 28 Mexico MEX 29:06.55
21 José David Galván 28 Mexico MEX 29:38.05
AC John Henwood 31 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Dathan Ritzenhein 21 United States USA DNF
AC John Yuda 25 Tanzania TAN DNF