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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980

Gold: ETH Miruts Yifter
Silver: FIN Kaarlo Maaninka
Bronze: ETH Mohamed Kedir


The three heats were all won by Ethiopian runners, led by [Miruts Yifter], who was favored after not being able to compete in 1976 because of the African boycott. The final came down to a team race between Ethiopia and Finland. Yifter led Ethiopia, while two-time defending champion [Lasse Virén] was back for Finland, accompanied by [Kaarlo Maaninka]. After a slow opening 5K, the Ethiopians increased the pace, dropping all but Virén and Maaninka. On the 22nd lap, Maaninka took a brief lead, but was passed by Yifter and [Mohamed Kedir]. Then Virén took the lead on the next-to-last lap, only to be passed by Kedir shortly before the bell. With 300 metres left, Yifter used his finishing speed to pull away and settle the gold medal with a 54.9 last lap. Virén had nothing left and finished fifth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Miruts Yifter 36 Ethiopia ETH Gold
2 Kaarlo Maaninka 26 Finland FIN Silver
3 Mohamed Kedir 26 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Tolossa Kotu 27 Ethiopia ETH
5 Lasse Virén 30 Finland FIN
6 Jörg Peter 24 East Germany GDR
7 Werner Schildhauer 21 East Germany GDR
8 Enn Sellik 25 Soviet Union URS
9 Bill Scott 28 Australia AUS
10 Ilie Floroiu 27 Romania ROU
11 Brendan Foster 32 Great Britain GBR
12 Mike McLeod 28 Great Britain GBR
13 Martti Vainio 29 Finland FIN
14 Gerard Tebroke 30 Netherlands NED
AC Antonio Prieto 22 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/2 Steve Austin 29 Australia AUS
6 h1 r1/2 Alex Hagelsteens 23 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r1/2 Rachid Habchaoui 30 Algeria ALG
7 h1 r1/2 Geoff Smith 26 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/2 Enrique Aquino 30 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/2 Jiří Sýkora 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 h1 r1/2 Abdel Madjid Mada 27 Algeria ALG
8 h2 r1/2 José Gómez 24 Mexico MEX
8 h3 r1/2 Rodolfo Gómez 29 Mexico MEX
9 h1 r1/2 Akel Hamdan 26 Syria SYR
9 h2 r1/2 Damiano Musonda 34 Zambia ZAM
9 h3 r1/2 Volodymyr Shesterov 26 Soviet Union URS
10 h1 r1/2 Motlalepula Thabana 30 Lesotho LES
10 h2 r1/2 Kenias Tembo 25 Zimbabwe ZIM
10 h3 r1/2 Hari Chand 27 India IND
11 h2 r1/2 Jules Randrianarivelo 23 Madagascar MAD
11 h3 r1/2 Leodigard Martin 19 Tanzania TAN
12 h3 r1/2 Golekane Mosveu 31 Botswana BOT
13 h3 r1/2 Nara Bahadur Dahal 19 Nepal NEP
AC h1 r1/2 John Treacy 23 Ireland IRL
AC h1 r1/2 Zakariah Barie 27 Tanzania TAN
AC h1 r1/2 Aleksandras Antipovas 25 Soviet Union URS
AC h2 r1/2 Domingo Tibaduiza 29 Colombia COL
AC h3 r1/2 Dias Alface Mozambique MOZ
AC h3 r1/2 Markus Ryffel 25 Switzerland SUI