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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 13, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016
Format: Final only.

Gold: GBR Mo Farah
Silver: KEN Paul Tanui
Bronze: ETH Tamirat Tola

Summary

Britain’s [Mo Farah] had won the 5-10 double at the London Olympics, in front of adoring home crowds, and he hoped to repeat in Rio. He had also won the double at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships and in 2011, won the 5,000 metres at World, with a 10K silver. He came to Rio a heavy favorite in both races, and had not been beaten at a major international in five years.

The race was run as a final only, with no heats, as has become standard for the 10K. The early lead was taken by Kenyan [Paul Tanui]. At 4,000 metres Farah was running alongside American training partner [Galen Rupp] when Rupp clipped Farah’s foot and the Brit fell to the track. Farah was up quickly and Rupp slowed to pace him back to the lead pack, reminiscent of a cycling peleton move, and the 1972 Olympic final, when [Lasse Virén] had fallen mid-race on his way to the gold medal, and a world record.

With one kilometer left, there was a lead pack of six runners, including Farah, Tanui, and Rupp, when Farah went to the front and ran a 62.4 lap, stringing out the field, and dropping his training partner. Tanui took the lead at the bell, and led by two full metres at 200, but Farah had the speed to chase him down, running his final 100 in 13.4, and his last 800 in 1:56.6. One week later, Farah would win the 5,000 metres again, completing the double-double, previously accomplished only by Virén.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Mo Farah 33 Great Britain GBR Gold 27:05.17
2 Paul Tanui 25 Kenya KEN Silver 27:05.64
3 Tamirat Tola 24 Ethiopia ETH Bronze 27:06.26
4 Yigrem Demelash 22 Ethiopia ETH 27:06.27
5 Galen Rupp 30 United States USA 27:08.92
6 Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei 19 Uganda UGA 27:10.06
7 Bedan Karoki Muchiri 25 Kenya KEN 27:22.93
8 Zersenay Tadesse 34 Eritrea ERI 27:23.86
9 Nguse Tesfaldet 29 Eritrea ERI 27:30.79
10 Abraham Cheroben 23 Bahrain BRN 27:31.86
11 Geoffrey Kamworor 23 Kenya KEN 27:31.94
12 Zane Robertson 26 New Zealand NZL 27:33.67
13 Polat Arıkan 25 Turkey TUR 27:35.50
14 Leonard Essau Korir 29 United States USA 27:35.65
15 Abadi Hadis 18 Ethiopia ETH 27:36.34
16 David McNeill 29 Australia AUS 27:51.71
17 Suguru Osako 25 Japan JPN 27:51.94
18 Stephen Mokoka 31 South Africa RSA 27:54.57
19 Shadrack Kipchirchir 27 United States USA 27:58.32
20 Bashir Abdi 27 Belgium BEL 28:01.49
21 Luís Ostos 23 Peru PER 28:02.03
22 Moses Kurong 22 Uganda UGA 28:03.38
23 Timothy Toroitich 24 Uganda UGA 28:04.84
24 Goitom Kifle 22 Eritrea ERI 28:15.99
25 Andy Vernon 30 Great Britain GBR 28:19.36
26 El Hassan El-Abbassi 32 Bahrain BRN 28:20.17
27 Olivier Irabaruta 25 Burundi BDI 28:32.75
28 Ben St. Lawrence 34 Australia AUS 28:46.32
29 Yuta Shitara 24 Japan JPN 28:55.23
30 Kota Murayama 23 Japan JPN 29:02.51
31 Ross Millington 26 Great Britain GBR 29:14.95
32 Mohammed Ahmed 25 Canada CAN 29:32.84
AC Hassan Chani 28 Bahrain BRN DNF
AC Ali Kaya 22 Turkey TUR DNF