Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres
|Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
|Competitors||61 from 35 nations|
Steve Prefontaine took the lead in the final during the last mile and ended the slow pace of the first two miles. In second place at the start of the bell lap, he fell back to third with 200 meters to go. Lasse Virén took the lead in the final turn over silver medalist Mohammed Gammoudi. Prefontaine ran out of gas with 30 meters to go as Britain's hard-charging Ian Stewart caught him from behind and moved into third place within ten meters of the finish, depriving Prefontaine of an Olympic bronze medal.
Qualification rule: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the Final.
|Ian Stewart||Great Britain||13:27.6|
|4||Steve Prefontaine||United States||13:28.4|
|6||Harald Norpoth||West Germany||13:32.6|
|8||Nikola Sviridov||Soviet Union||13:39.4|
|9||Frank Eisenberg||East Germany||13:40.8|
|11||Ian McCafferty||Great Britain||13:43.2|
|12||David Bedford||Great Britain||13:43.2|
- "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Games: Men's 5000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
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- Newnham, Blaine (June 1, 1975). "Only first". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B.