Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956
Format: Final only.
The favorites were Soviet [Vladimir Kuts] and Britain’s [Gordon Pirie]. Kuts had broken the world record in September 1956, but had been beaten by Pirie in July. Kuts set out in the Olympic race at a suicidal pace, passing 5,000 in 14:06.8, only 0.2 seconds off the Olympic record for that race. But he did not drop Pirie. Kuts then put on a series of surges followed by dramatic slowing of the pace, attempt to lose the Briton. Finally, Kuts almost came to a stop, forcing Pirie to take the lead. When he did so, he looked in Pirie’s face and realized he was almost ashen from the effort, and at 8 km. Kuts sprinted ahead, never again challenged by Pirie, who struggled home in 8th place. Hungary’s József Kovács ran a careful race, closing almost 60 metres in the last few laps.
|1||Volodymyr Kuts||29||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||28:45.6||28:45.59||OR|
|5||Ken Norris||25||Great Britain||GBR||29:21.6|
|6||Ivan Cherniavskiy||26||Soviet Union||URS||29:31.6|
|8||Gordon Pirie||25||Great Britain||GBR||29:49.6|
|10||Frank Sando||25||Great Britain||GBR||30:05.0|
|16||Pyotr Bolotnikov||26||Soviet Union||URS||TNK|
|18||Gordon McKenzie||29||United States||USA||30:34.4|
|21||Dick Hart||29||United States||USA||31:06.8|
|AC||Max Truex||21||United States||USA||DNF|