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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012
Format: Final only.

Gold: GBR Mo Farah
Silver: USA Galen Rupp
Bronze: ETH Tariku Bekele


The 10K final was held on the second night of athletics at the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Only hours before the race started Britain's [Greg Rutherford] had won gold in the long jump, followed shortly by [Jessica Ennis] completing her heptathlon gold medal, with both victories bringing the pro-British crowd to a frenzy. The frenzy would only get more intense. The two-time defending champion was Ethiopian [Kenenisa Bekele] but he had had a difficult year with injuries and his form was not known coming into London. Britain posted their hopes on [Mo Farah], silver medalist in the event at the 2011 World Championships. Farah would run together with his training partner, American [Galen Rupp], both of them coached by 1984 Olympian and former marathon world-record golder [Alberto Salazar].

Farah and Rupp wanted a slow pace and to kick off it, but the other finalists must not have heard that. Bekele ran 65.2 for the opening lap but then jogged through the second in 73.2 and the third lap was even slower. The pace was lethargic with 5K passed only in 14:05.79. It was only in the final three laps that the pace quickened with Farah taking the lead at the bell. He led throughout the final laps as the African runners could not get to him. On the final turn, Rupp moved into third and on the final straight he outsprinted Ethiopian [Tariku Bekele] to win silver behind Farah, who ran 53.4 for his final lap. The Olympic Stadium rocked for the third British gold in only a few hours.

Farah would come back seven days later to win the distance double of 5/10K. Rupp's medal in the 10K was the first for an American since [Billy Mills] had won the event at the 1964 Olympics. Kenenisa Bekele trailed back in fourth in his attempt to three-peat.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Mo Farah 29 Great Britain GBR Gold 27:30.42
2 Galen Rupp 26 United States USA Silver 27:30.90
3 Tariku Bekele 25 Ethiopia ETH Bronze 27:31.43
4 Kenenisa Bekele 30 Ethiopia ETH 27:32.44
5 Bedan Karoki Muchiri 21 Kenya KEN 27:32.94
6 Zersenay Tadesse 30 Eritrea ERI 27:33.51
7 Teklemariam Medhin 23 Eritrea ERI 27:34.76
8 Gebre Egziabher Gebremariam 27 Ethiopia ETH 27:36.34
9 Polat Arıkan 21 Turkey TUR 27:38.81
10 Moses Kipsiro 25 Uganda UGA 27:39.22
11 Cam Levins 23 Canada CAN 27:40.68
12 Moses Masai 26 Kenya KEN 27:41.34
13 Dathan Ritzenhein 29 United States USA 27:45.89
14 Robert Kajuga 27 Rwanda RWA 27:56.67
15 Nguse Tesfaldet 25 Eritrea ERI 27:56.78
16 Thomas Ayeko 20 Uganda UGA 27:58.96
17 Moukheld Al-Outaibi 36 Saudi Arabia KSA 28:07.25
18 Mohammed Ahmed 21 Canada CAN 28:13.91
19 Matt Tegenkamp 30 United States USA 28:18.26
20 Ben St. Lawrence 30 Australia AUS 28:32.67
21 Diego Estrada 22 Mexico MEX 28:36.19
22 Yuki Sato 25 Japan JPN 28:44.06
23 Ayad Lamdassem 30 Spain ESP 28:49.85
24 Daniele Meucci 26 Italy ITA 28:57.46
25 Chris Thompson 31 Great Britain GBR 29:06.14
26 Mykola Labovskiy 29 Ukraine UKR 29:32.12
AC Wilson Kiprop 25 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Hasan Mahboob 30 Bahrain BRN DNF
AC Byron Piedra 29 Ecuador ECU DNF