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Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984

Gold: MAR Saïd Aouita
Silver: SUI Markus Ryffel
Bronze: POR António Leitão


In 1983 the first World Championship had been won by Ireland's [Eamonn Coghlan], but he was injured in 1984 and did not compete. An early favorite was Britain's [Dave Moorcroft], who had won the 1982 Commonwealth Games and set the world record in July 1982, challenging the 13-minute barrier with 13:00.41. He competed in Los Angeles, but also with an injury, and although he made the final, he finished 14th and last. Morocco's [Saïd Aouita] was a favorite, but it was not certain if he would run the 1,500 or 5K, eventually opting for this event. The final was a fast pace, set for 3K by Portugal's [António Leitão]. Six runners were together at that point, but on the penultimate lap, Leitão ran 60.1 to drop all but Aouita and [Markus Ryffel] (SUI). Aouita took the lead on the backstretch of the final lap, and dropped Ryffel on the curve, winning the gold medal with Leitão struggling in for the bronze, burned out by his early pace-setting tactics. In 1985 would break Moorcroft's world record, barely, running 13:00.40 at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Then in Roma in 1987, he became the first man to run under 13 minutes with a world record of 12:58.39.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Saïd Aouita 24 Morocco MAR Gold OR
2 Markus Ryffel 29 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 António Leitão 24 Portugal POR Bronze
4 Tim Hutchings 25 Great Britain GBR
5 Paul Kipkoech 21 Kenya KEN
6 Charles Cheruiyot 19 Kenya KEN
7 Doug Padilla 27 United States USA
8 John Walker 32 New Zealand NZL
9 Ezequiel Canário 24 Portugal POR
10 Wilson Waigwa 35 Kenya KEN
11 Ray Flynn 27 Ireland IRL
12 Mats Erixon 26 Sweden SWE
13 Eamonn Martin 25 Great Britain GBR
14 Dave Moorcroft 31 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Zakariah Barie 31 Tanzania TAN
8 h1 r2/3 Gerardo Alcala 23 Mexico MEX
8 h2 r2/3 Martti Vainio 33 Finland FIN
9 h1 r2/3 Paul Williams 27 Canada CAN
10 h1 r2/3 Steve Lacy 28 United States USA
10 h2 r2/3 João Campos 25 Portugal POR
11 h1 r2/3 Omar Aguilar 24 Chile CHI
11 h2 r2/3 Eduardo Castro 30 Mexico MEX
12 h1 r2/3 Zephaniah Ncube 27 Zimbabwe ZIM
12 h2 r2/3 Don Clary 27 United States USA
13 h1 r2/3 Abdel Razzak Bounour 27 Algeria ALG
13 h2 r2/3 Bob Verbeeck 23 Belgium BEL
14 h1 r2/3 Antti Loikkanen 29 Finland FIN
14 h2 r2/3 Salvatore Antibo 22 Italy ITA
AC h1 r2/3 Uwe Mönkemeyer 24 West Germany FRG
AC h2 r2/3 Christoph Herle 28 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r1/3 Vincent Rousseau 22 Belgium BEL
8 h1 r1/3 José João da Silva 30 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r1/3 Stijn Jaspers 23 Netherlands NED
9 h1 r1/3 Jorge García 23 Spain ESP
9 h2 r1/3 Ahmed Musa Jouda 27 Sudan SUD
9 h4 r1/3 Antonio Selvaggio 26 Italy ITA
10 h1 r1/3 Mohamed Rutitinga 24 Tanzania TAN
10 h2 r1/3 Piero Selvaggio 26 Italy ITA
10 h3 r1/3 Arie Gamliel 26 Israel ISR
10 h4 r1/3 Roger Soler 23 Peru PER
11 h1 r1/3 Julio Gómez 21 Argentina ARG
11 h2 r1/3 Necdet Ayaz 26 Turkey TUR
11 h3 r1/3 Alphonse Swai Tanzania TAN
11 h4 r1/3 Orlando Mora 24 Costa Rica CRC
12 h1 r1/3 George Mambosasa 20 Malawi MAW
12 h2 r1/3 Eugène Muslar 25 Belize BIZ
12 h3 r1/3 Luis Tipán 30 Ecuador ECU
12 h4 r1/3 Masini Situ-Kumbanga 28 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
13 h1 r1/3 Basil Kilani 23 Jordan JOR
13 h2 r1/3 Tau John Tokwepota 28 Papua New Guinea PNG
13 h3 r1/3 Ramón López 21 Paraguay PAR
13 h4 r1/3 Ali Al-Ghadi 31 North Yemen YAR
14 h1 r1/3 Nimley Twegbe 20 Liberia LBR
14 h2 r1/3 Ruddy Cornielle Dominican Republic DOM
AC h1 r1/3 Ali Mohamed Hufane Somalia SOM
AC h2 r1/3 Fethi Baccouche 23 Tunisia TUN