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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 1976

Gold: FIN Lasse Virén
Silver: POR Carlos Lopes
Bronze: GBR Brendan Foster


With African boycott keeping out the Kenyan and Ethiopians, the way was open for defending champion [Lasse Virén]. He had not been prominent in the years since the his 5K/10K double at the 1972 Olympics, but early in 1976 his form seemed good. Rumors of blood doping always accompanied his ability to peak at the Olympics, but nothing was ever proven of this. In the Olympic final, [Carlos Lopes] (POR) took the lead at 8 laps, and only Virén could stay with him. Shortly before the bell lap, Virén moved ahead of Lopes and the race was over. He pulled ahead steadily during the last lap, winning by almost five seconds, and completing the unique 5K/10K double/double in 1972 and 1976.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lasse Virén 26 Finland FIN Gold
2 Carlos Lopes 29 Portugal POR Silver
3 Brendan Foster 28 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Tony Simmons 27 Great Britain GBR
5 Ilie Floroiu 23 Romania ROU
6 Mariano Haro 36 Spain ESP
7 Marc Smet 25 Belgium BEL
8 Bernie Ford 23 Great Britain GBR
9 Jean-Paul Gomez 31 France FRA
10 Jos Hermens 26 Netherlands NED
11 Karel Lismont 27 Belgium BEL
12 Chris Wardlaw 26 Australia AUS
13 Garry Bjorklund 25 United States USA
14 Dave Fitzsimons 26 Australia AUS
AC Miel Puttemans 28 Belgium BEL
AC Knut Børø 27 Norway NOR
5 h2 r1/2 Franco Fava 23 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 Craig Virgin 20 United States USA
6 h3 r1/2 Detlef Uhlemann 26 West Germany FRG
7 h2 r1/2 Edmundo Warnke 25 Chile CHI
7 h3 r1/2 Toshiaki Kamata 24 Japan JPN
8 h1 r1/2 Martti Vainio 25 Finland FIN
8 h2 r1/2 Hari Chand 23 India IND
8 h3 r1/2 Luis Hernández 21 Mexico MEX
9 h1 r1/2 Dušan Janićijević 21 Yugoslavia YUG
9 h2 r1/2 Eddie Leddy 24 Ireland IRL
9 h3 r1/2 Dick Quax 28 New Zealand NZL
10 h1 r1/2 Ed Mendoza 23 United States USA
10 h2 r1/2 Domingo Tibaduiza 25 Colombia COL
10 h3 r1/2 Dan Shaughnessy 31 Canada CAN
11 h1 r1/2 Víctor Mora 31 Colombia COL
11 h2 r1/2 Rodolfo Gómez 25 Mexico MEX
11 h3 r1/2 Lucien Rault 40 France FRA
12 h1 r1/2 Chris McCubbins 30 Canada CAN
12 h2 r1/2 Pierre Lévisse 24 France FRA
12 h3 r1/2 José Luis Ruiz 24 Spain ESP
13 h1 r1/2 Olmeus Charles 29 Haiti HAI
13 h3 r1/2 Hossein Rabbi 29 Iran IRI
14 h3 r1/2 Tau John Tokwepota 20 Papua New Guinea PNG
AC h2 r1/2 Pekka Päivärinta 27 Finland FIN
AC h2 r1/2 Raja Faradj Al-Shalawi 30 Saudi Arabia KSA