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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

The men's 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 20.[1] No preliminary rounds were held at this distance, since the number of competitors allowed a direct final.[2]

Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates20 August
Competitors24 from 14 nations
Winning time27:05.10 OR
1st, gold medalist(s) Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sileshi Sihine  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea
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The Ethiopians were in control throughout the distance. A leading group of five runners crystallized. As Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine turned up the pace with two kilometres left, Zersenay Tadese, Boniface Kiprop Toroitich and reigning Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie, who was running with a calf injury, were not able to keep up. Bekele, the world record holder, assured his victory with a brilliant Olympic record finish (27:05.10 minutes), completing the final 400 metres in less than 54 seconds.[3][4]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:20.31 Ostrava, Czech Republic 8 June 2004
Olympic record   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 27:07.34 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Result Record
20 August Final Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia 27:05.10 OR


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 10,000 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 27:49.00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 28:06.00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 20 August 2004 22:35 Final


Athletes take off at the start of the men's 10,000 metres final.
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
  Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia 27:05.10 OR
  Sileshi Sihine   Ethiopia 27:09.39
  Zersenay Tadese   Eritrea 27:22.57 NR
4 Boniface Kiprop Toroitich   Uganda 27:25.48 SB
5 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 27:27.70
6 John Cheruiyot Korir   Kenya 27:41.91 SB
7 Moses Mosop   Kenya 27:46.61
8 Ismaïl Sghyr   France 27:57.09
9 José Manuel Martínez   Spain 27:57.61
10 Fabiano Joseph Naasi   Tanzania 28:01.94 SB
11 Wilson Busienei   Uganda 28:10.75
12 Dan Browne   United States 28:14.53
13 Charles Kamathi   Kenya 28:17.08
14 Kamiel Maase   Netherlands 28:23.39
15 Abdi Abdirahman   United States 28:26.26
16 Yonas Kifle   Eritrea 28:29.87
17 Dieudonne Disi   Rwanda 28:43.19
18 Mohammed Amyne   Morocco 28:55.96
19 Ryuji Ono   Japan 29:06.50
20 Teodoro Vega   Mexico 29:06.55
21 David Galván   Mexico 29:38.05
John Henwood   New Zealand DNF
John Yuda Msuri   Tanzania DNF
Dathan Ritzenhein   United States DNF


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens: Men's 10,000 metres". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 10000m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Brilliant Bekele takes gold". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ Elliott, Helene (21 August 2004). "Ethiopians 1-2 in 10,000 With Gebrselassie Fifth". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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