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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: ITA Alberto Cova
Silver: GBR Mike McLeod
Bronze: KEN Mike Musyoki


The world record had been set in July 1984 by Portugal's [Fernando Mamede], but he fared poorly in major competition. The favorite was Italy's [Alberto Cova], who had won the 1983 World Championships and the 1982 European Championships. At both races, second place was taken by the GDR's [Werner Schildhauer] but he was not in Los Angeles because of the Soviet-led boycott. At 5K, Britain's [Nick Rose] took the lead and only Cova and [Martti Vainio] (FIN), the 1978 European Champion, could stay in touch. Vainio then opened up the pace, dropping Rose and he and Cova battled to the finish. With 200 metres to go, Cova unleashed his finishing sprint and won by almost 25 metres, running that 200 in 27.7. Five days later, Vainio was disqualified for testosterone use. Cova later admitted to blood doping, but that was not a banned practice in that era.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alberto Cova 25 Italy ITA Gold
2 Mike McLeod 32 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Mike Musyoki 28 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Salvatore Antibo 22 Italy ITA
5 Christoph Herle 28 West Germany FRG
6 Sosthenes Bitok 27 Kenya KEN
7 Yutaka Kanai 24 Japan JPN
8 Steve Jones 28 Great Britain GBR
9 John Treacy 27 Ireland IRL
10 Ahmed Musa Jouda 27 Sudan SUD
11 Zephaniah Ncube 27 Zimbabwe ZIM
12 Nick Rose 32 Great Britain GBR
13 Zakariah Barie 31 Tanzania TAN
14 Joseph Nzau 32 Kenya KEN
15 Pat Porter 25 United States USA
16 Hisatoshi Shintaku 26 Japan JPN
AC Martti Vainio 33 Finland FIN
AC Fernando Mamede 31 Portugal POR
6 h1 r1/2 José Gómez 28 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/2 Gidamis Shahanga 26 Tanzania TAN
7 h1 r1/2 Omar Aguilar 24 Chile CHI
7 h2 r1/2 Antonio Prieto 26 Spain ESP
8 h1 r1/2 Paul Williams 27 Canada CAN
8 h2 r1/2 Martín Pitayo 23 Mexico MEX
9 h1 r1/2 Craig Virgin 28 United States USA
9 h2 r1/2 Paul Cummings 30 United States USA
9 h3 r1/2 Francesco Panetta 21 Italy ITA
10 h1 r1/2 José João da Silva 30 Brazil BRA
10 h2 r1/2 Arie Gamliel 26 Israel ISR
10 h3 r1/2 Marios Kassianidis 29 Cyprus CYP
11 h1 r1/2 Luis Tipán 30 Ecuador ECU
11 h2 r1/2 Mohiddin Mohamed Kulmiye Somalia SOM
11 h3 r1/2 Domingo Tibaduiza 33 Colombia COL
12 h1 r1/2 Ibrahim Juma 26 Tanzania TAN
12 h2 r1/2 Matthews Kambale 31 Malawi MAW
12 h3 r1/2 Julio Gómez 21 Argentina ARG
13 h1 r1/2 Basil Kilani 23 Jordan JOR
13 h2 r1/2 Orlando Mora 24 Costa Rica CRC
13 h3 r1/2 Frans Ntaole 33 Lesotho LES
14 h2 r1/2 Tau John Tokwepota 28 Papua New Guinea PNG
14 h3 r1/2 Albert Marie 27 Seychelles SEY
AC h1 r1/2 Ruddy Cornielle Dominican Republic DOM
AC h1 r1/2 Ramón López 21 Paraguay PAR
AC h2 r1/2 Ali Al-Ghadi 31 North Yemen YAR
AC h3 r1/2 Necdet Ayaz 26 Turkey TUR