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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: FIN Lasse Virén
Silver: BEL Miel Puttemans
Bronze: ETH Miruts Yifter


For the first time since 1920, a qualifying round was contested. The favorites in the final were [Lasse Virén] (FIN), [Dave Bedford] (GBR), and Belgium's [Miel Puttemans]. Bedford was known for his fast pace-setting though he had little sprint speed. He took the pace out in the final at a world record pace for 4K, and still led at 5K, though the pace was slowing slightly. On the 12th lap, Virén and [Mohamad Gammoudi] (TUN), the 1964 silver medalist and 1968 bronze medalist, became entangled and fell to the track though they both recovered quickly. At 6K, Virén, having caught the leaders, took over the pace. He began to apply pressure on the penultimate lap, dropping all but Puttemans. Virén ran his last lap in 56.4 to distance Puttemans and win by seven metres in a world record 27:38.35, surely the only track world record set by somebody who fell during the race.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lasse Virén 23 Finland FIN Gold WR
2 Miel Puttemans 24 Belgium BEL Silver
3 Miruts Yifter 28 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Mariano Haro 32 Spain ESP
5 Frank Shorter 24 United States USA
6 Dave Bedford 22 Great Britain GBR
7 Dane Korica 27 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Abdel Kader Zaddem 28 Tunisia TUN
9 Josef Jánský 31 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Juan Martínez 25 Mexico MEX
11 Pavlo Andreiev 28 Soviet Union URS
12 Javier Álvarez 28 Spain ESP
13 Paul Mose 23 Kenya KEN
14 Willy Polleunis 24 Belgium BEL
AC Mohamad Gammoudi 34 Tunisia TUN
6 h1 r1/2 Anatoly Badrankov 31 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r1/2 Rashid Sharafetdinov 29 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Lachie Stewart 29 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/2 Noël Tijou 30 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Wohib Masresha 26 Ethiopia ETH
7 h3 r1/2 Arne Risa 28 Norway NOR
8 h1 r1/2 Werner Dössegger 34 Switzerland SUI
8 h2 r1/2 Pedro Miranda 24 Mexico MEX
8 h3 r1/2 Jon Anderson 22 United States USA
9 h1 r1/2 Tadesse Wolde-Medhin 35 Ethiopia ETH
9 h2 r1/2 Karel Lismont 23 Belgium BEL
9 h3 r1/2 Carlos Lopes 25 Portugal POR
10 h1 r1/2 Akio Usami 29 Japan JPN
10 h2 r1/2 Neil Cusack 20 Ireland IRL
10 h3 r1/2 Albrecht Moser 27 Switzerland SUI
11 h1 r1/2 Jeff Galloway 27 United States USA
11 h2 r1/2 Dave Holt 28 Great Britain GBR
11 h3 r1/2 Richard Juma 27 Kenya KEN
12 h1 r1/2 Naftali Temu 27 Kenya KEN
12 h2 r1/2 Keisuke Sawaki 28 Japan JPN
12 h3 r1/2 Domingo Tibaduiza 21 Colombia COL
13 h1 r1/2 Esaie Fongang 28 Cameroon CMR
13 h2 r1/2 Rafael Pérez 26 Costa Rica CRC
13 h3 r1/2 Shag Musa Medani 23 Sudan SUD
14 h1 r1/2 P. C. Suppiah 23 Singapore SGP
14 h2 r1/2 Julio Quevedo 32 Guatemala GUA
14 h3 r1/2 Manfred Letzerich 30 West Germany FRG
15 h1 r1/2 Crispin Quispe 26 Bolivia BOL
15 h2 r1/2 Abdel Hamid Khamis 28 Egypt EGY
15 h3 r1/2 Hikmet Şen 30 Turkey TUR
16 h1 r1/2 Giuseppe Cindolo 27 Italy ITA
16 h2 r1/2 Lucien Rosa 28 Sri Lanka SRI
AC h1 r1/2 Usaia Sotutu 23 Fiji FIJ
AC h1 r1/2 Günter Mielke 29 West Germany FRG
AC h2 r1/2 Richard Mabuza 26 Swaziland SWZ
AC h3 r1/2 Anilus Joseph 27 Haiti HAI
AC h3 r1/2 Gavin Thorley 25 New Zealand NZL