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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Final only.

Gold: ETH Kenenisa Bekele
Silver: ETH Sileshi Sihine
Bronze: KEN Micah Kogo

Summary

Kenenisa Bekele was the heavy favorite. He was the defending champion, and had broken the world record twice, in 2004 and 2005, and still held it at a heady 26:17.53. He was also World Champion at the distance in 2003, 2005, and 2007. But he had competition in Beijing in the form of the man who had been king, Haile Gebrselassie. Geb had won the Olympic gold medal at 10K in 1996 and 2000, and was world champion four straight times from 1993-1999. He had also set three world records at the distance, the first in 1995 and the last in 1998. But by now he had moved up and was considered a greater threat in the marathon. However, in Beijing, he elected to pass on the marathon, concerned about the air condition and its possible effect on his health. In the race, Gebrselassie led thru 6,000 metres at only a moderate pace. The 2004 bronze medalist, Zersenay Tadesse (ERI), took the lead at 8K, and began to push it a bit. But a pack of 10 still remained together. Just before the bell, Bekele went to the front and effectively the race was over. He was in charge throughout the final lap, and won by almost 15 metres, with his countryman Sileshi Sihine getting silver. Gebrselassie was with the lead group on the final lap, but no longer had the speed to contend for a medal, finishing sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Kenenisa Bekele 26 Ethiopia ETH Gold 27:01.17 OR
2 Sileshi Sihine 25 Ethiopia ETH Silver 27:02.77
3 Micah Kogo 22 Kenya KEN Bronze 27:04.11
4 Moses Masai 22 Kenya KEN 27:04.11
5 Zersenay Tadesse 26 Eritrea ERI 27:05.11
6 Haile Gebrselassie 35 Ethiopia ETH 27:06.68
7 Martin Mathathi 22 Kenya KEN 27:08.25
8 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah 27 Qatar QAT 27:23.75
9 Fabiano Joseph 22 Tanzania TAN 27:25.33
10 Boniface Kiprop 22 Uganda UGA 27:27.28
11 Selim Bayrak 20 Turkey TUR 27:29.33
12 Kidane Tadesse 21 Eritrea ERI 27:36.11
13 Galen Rupp 22 United States USA 27:36.99
14 Dickson Mkami 26 Tanzania TAN 27:48.03
15 Abdi Abdirahman 31 United States USA 27:52.53
16 Abdellah Falil 32 Morocco MAR 27:53.14
17 Juan Carlos de la Ossa 31 Spain ESP 27:54.20
18 Hasan Mahboob 26 Bahrain BRN 27:55.14
19 Dieudonné Disi 29 Rwanda RWA 27:56.74
20 Essa Ismail Rashed 21 Qatar QAT 27:58.67
21 Samwel Shauri 22 Tanzania TAN 28:06.26
22 Felix Kibore 20 Qatar QAT 28:11.92
23 Carles Castillejo 29 Spain ESP 28:13.68
24 Ayad Lamdassem 26 Spain ESP 28:13.73
25 Jorge Torres 27 United States USA 28:13.93
26 Surendra Singh 29 India IND 28:13.97
27 Günther Weidlinger 30 Austria AUT 28:14.38
28 Kensuke Takezawa 21 Japan JPN 28:23.28
29 Juan Carlos Romero 30 Mexico MEX 28:26.57
30 Sergey Ivanov 29 Russia RUS 28:34.72
31 Takayuki Matsumiya 28 Japan JPN 28:39.77
32 Teklemariam Medhin 19 Eritrea ERI 28:54.33
33 Eric Gillis 28 Canada CAN 29:08.10
34 Rui Pedro Silva 27 Portugal POR 29:09.03
35 Alejandro Suárez 27 Mexico MEX 29:24.78
AC Mohamed El-Hachimi 27 Morocco MAR DNF
AC José David Galván 32 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Cuthbert Nyasango 25 Zimbabwe ZIM DNF