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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's 10,000m



Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Ethiopia gained revenge for Kamathi’s win two years earlier with a display never seen before in a 10,000m race. The first 5000m was unremarkable, reached in 13:52.33 by Bekele, the multi World Cross Country Champion who had defeated his illustrious compatriot Gebrselassie in Hengelo the previous June. The two Ethiopians then worked together at a much quicker rate. Each ran laps of 61.2, and their sixth kilometre took just 2:34.52 (25:45 pace!). In third place was the Ethiopian number three, Sihine. Kamathi, Korir and Hassan stayed in touch but not for long. The Ethiopian pair – with Gebrselassie more often in front and Bekele looking more comfortable – continued to operate at sub-13 minute 5000m pace. Only Sihine kept up but he was dropped at the bell, where the elder Ethiopian led. Bekele followed before sprinting clear on the final bend. He won by 10m, having covered the final lap in 55.0, very quick considering the total time of 26:49.57 was the 10th-fastest in history. Gebrselassie’s last lap was 56.23, but it was the pair’s second half timings which were most remarkable: 12:57.24 and 12:58.8. Defending champion Kamathi – seventh this time – concluded “they were too strong.” In fourth place Hassan smashed the Asian record. Formerly a Kenyan international, he had been issued with a Qatari passport on August 9, 2003.

The Men's 10,000 metres event featured at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. The final was held on 24 August 2003.

At this point in time, Haile Gebrselassie was the #1 distance runner in the world, with two successive Olympic titles and four World Championships at 10,000. He also held the 5-year-old world record plus the world record at 5,000 metres. A poor race at the previous World Championships was the first sign of his lack of total dominance, now the 30 year old had a challenger from near his home town, who also ran with an almost identical, efficient running form, 21 year old Kenenisa Bekele. As Gebrselassie ran a strong race trying to burn off his new rival, the rest of the world's best runners, including five Kenyan born athletes, disappeared in their wake. The last to hold on to the lead group was Sileshi Sihine, assuring an Ethiopian sweep, but the championship was in doubt. Bekele remained as Gebrselassie's twin shadow until he made one move with 200 metres to go. Gebrselassie's ever powerful sprint was no match for Bekele. Over the final straightaway, Bekele extended to more than a full second gap for the victory and the changing of the guard in dominance of long distance track running. Bekele took the prize at the next Olympics over Sihine with Gebrselassie out of the money and accomplished the Woolworth double (5 and 10) in 2008. Gebrselassie subsequently focused his effort onto 10k, half-marathon and marathon competitions, setting multiple world records before retiring.

  10,000m 24 August

Men 10,000m Final

In an event billed as Ethiopia versus Kenya, the men's 10,000m ended up a one sided battle, led by the new master of 25 lap running, Kenenisa BEKELE (ETH).
The 21-year-old, sprinted away from four time world champion, Haile GEBRSELASSIE (ETH) in the final 200m to take gold in a championship record and world leading time of 26:49.57.
The pace was slow early with the lead changing constantly through the first 10 laps. At 4000m, Gebrselassie went to the front and opened up the bunched field.

At halfway, the event started to take it's predicted form as the three Ethiopians and three Kenyans broke away from the pack. They were joined by Qatar's Abdullah Ahmad HASSAN, formerly known as Kenya's Albert CHEPKIRUI.
Gebrselassie kept the pace up and by 6000m he, Bekele, team-mate Sileshi SIHEN and 2001 world champion, Charles KAMATHI (KEN) had put a decent sized gap on the field.
They picked up the tempo, clocking a 61s lap to soon lose Kamathi, who quickly dropped back through the field. Soon he stepped off the track, later saying they were too strong for him tonight.

The Ethiopian team tactics looked like they were paying off as it was now a battle for medal colours between the top three ranked runners in the world this year.

Bekele and Gebrselassie dropped Sihen with 700m to run and began the sprint home. Gebreselassie, who had done most of the front running in the second half, was still ahead but Bekele put on an astonishing burst of speed to kick past the Olympic champion with 200m left. He covered the last half lap in 26 seconds and the last 5000m was run in 12:57min.
Gebrselassie clocked his fastest time this year - 26:50.77 for silver while Sihen came through in 27:01.44 for bronze.
HASSAN set an Asian record 27:18.28 for fourth place, ahead of the Kenyans, John Cheruiyot KORIR, Wilberforce TALEL and Salim KIPSANG.

1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 13 Jun 82 26.49.57
2 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 18 Apr 73 26.50.77
3 Sileshi Sihine ETH 29 Jan 83 27.01.44
4 Abdullah Ahmad Hassan QAT 29 Jul 81 27.18.28
5 John Cheruiyot Korir KEN 13 Dec 81 27.19.94
6 Wilberforce Taleli KEN 10 Jan 80 27.33.60
7 Charles Kamathi KEN 18 May 78 27.45.05
8 Kamiel Maase NED 20 Oct 71 27.45.46
9 Karl Keska GBR 7 May 72 27.47.89
10 Ismaïl Sghyr FRA 16 Mar 72 27.54.87
11 David Galván MEX 6 Apr 73 27.55.31
12 John Yuda Msuri TAN 9 Jun 79 27.56.21
13 Fabiano Joseph Naasi TAN 24 Dec 85 28.06.36
14 Alan Culpepper USA 15 Sep 72 28.14.92
15 Teodoro Vega MEX 14 Jul 76 28.31.71
16 Meb Keflezighi USA 5 May 75 28.35.08
17 Cathal Lombard IRL 12 Feb 76 28.36.43
18 Tomo Tsubota JPN 16 Jun 77 28.37.10
19 Dan Browne USA 24 Jun 75 29.01.60
Dieter Baumann GER 9 Feb 65 DNF
Michael Aish NZL 24 Jul 76 DNF
Salim Kipsang KEN 22 Dec 79 DNF
José Manuel Martínez ESP 22 Oct 71 DNS

24 AUG 2003 19:00

1 395 José Manuel Martínez ESP ESP 27:30.56 27:30.56
2 668 Cathal Lombard IRL IRL 28:05.27 28:05.27
3 985 Kamiel Maase NED NED 27:26.29  
4 809 Salim Kipsang KEN KEN 27:32.97 28:22.5
5 942 Teodoro Vega MEX MEX 27:37.49 27:37.49
6 549 Dieter Baumann GER GER 27:21.53 28:28.47
7 1306 John Yuda Msuri TAN TAN 27:06.17  
8 1118 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah QAT QAT 26:50.67 28:17.5
9 1380 Daniel Browne USA USA 27:47.04 28:03.48
10 934 David Galván MEX MEX 27:37.69 27:44.85
11 1409 Mebrahtom Keflezighi USA USA 27:13.98 27:57.59
12 429 Sileshi Sihine ETH ETH 26:58.76 26:58.76
13 1388 Alan Culpepper USA USA 27:33.93 27:41.90
14 799 Charles Waweru Kamathi KEN KEN 26:51.49 27:29.12
15 423 Kenenisa Bekele ETH ETH 26:53.70 26:53.70
16 1304 Fabiano Joseph TAN TAN 27:32.81 27:32.81
17 1038 Michael Aish NZL NZL 28:00.96 28:01.19
18 812 John Cheruiyot Korir KEN KEN 26:52.87 27:59.18
19 529 Karl Keska GBR GBR 27:44.09 27:56.37
20 782 Tomoo Tsubota JPN JPN 27:51.85 27:58.98
21 492 Ismaïl Sghyr FRA FRA 27:12.39 27:45.14
22 426 Haile Gebrselassie ETH ETH 26:22.75 26:54.58
23 821 Wilberforce Talel KEN KEN 27:36.48 28:09.76




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