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Male

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Aelemayehu Bezabeh 28:12.85 Spain ESP
2 Aimeru Almeya 28:27.02 Israel ISR
3 Roberto Alaiz 28:27.76 Spain ESP
4 Mohamed Marhoum 28:28.22 Spain ESP

Female

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Jessica Augusto 31:57.02 Portugal POR
2 Jip Vastenburg 32:11.90 Netherlands NED
3 Elinor Kirk 32:17.05 Great Britain & N.I. GBR
4 Carla Salomé Rocha 32:19.98 Portugal POR
5 Dolores Checa 32:22.21 Spain ESP

Male

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Kenenisa Bekele 26:17.53 Ethiopia ETH
2 Haile Gebrselassie 26:22.75 Ethiopia ETH
3 Paul Tergat 26:27.85 Kenya KEN
4 Nicholas Kemboi 26:30.03 Qatar QAT
5 Abebe Dinkesa 26:30.74 Ethiopia ETH

Female

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Junxia Wang 29:31.78 Pr Of China CHN
2 Meselech Melkamu 29:53.80 Ethiopia ETH
3 Tirunesh Dibaba 29:54.66 Ethiopia ETH
4 Elvan Abeylegesse 29:56.34 Turkey TUR
5 Meseret Defar 29:59.20 Ethiopia ETH

10000 metres

How it works

Runners compete over 25 laps of a 400m track. They make bunched standing starts and can break immediately for the inside.

History

The Ancient Greeks organised a number of events akin to today’s long-distance races. During the mid-19th century, races for betting purposes were very popular in Great Britain and America.

Every Olympics since 1912 has included a men’s 10,000m, but it wasn’t until 1988 that a women’s version featured at the Games.

Did you know

When Kenenisa Bekele won the men’s Olympic 10,000m title in 2004, he ran the final lap in 53.02sec – a time quick enough to have won bronze in the women’s 400m at the 1964 Games.

Gold standard

Ethiopians and Kenyans dominate the male version, while China and Ethiopia have a strong tradition in the women's event.

Icons

Lasse Viren

The Finn with the knack of peaking for the big occasion is the only man to claim successive Olympic 5000m and 10,000m doubles at the Olympics, in 1972 and 1976 – and that’s despite a fall in the 1972 10,000m final.

Derartu Tulu

The pioneer of Ethiopian women’s endurance running, Tulu was the first woman to win two Olympic 10,000m golds, winning in 1992 and 2000. Her niece Tirunesh Dibaba went on to achieve the same feat, winning in 2008 and 2012.