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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 5000 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top two in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 7, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 19
(Competitors: 61; Countries: 35; Finalists: 13)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF  1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Puttemans, the last to finish in the Mexico final, was the fastest heat winner with an Olympic record 13:31.8. No-one wanted the lead in the final, as a 69.6 opening lap showed. Sviridov picked up the pace, but it was still slow to 3000m; 2:46.4, 5:32.6 and 8:20.2. At 3400m, Prefontaine took over and the race was on. Laps of 62.8, 61.0 and 60.4 lost all but Gammoudi and Viren, with the Finn taking over just before the bell, while Puttemans and Stewart were struggling to maintain contact. Viren held off Gammoudi down the back straight and was 7m clear by the finish. Behind him Stewart finished powerfully to pass the stumbling Prefontaine 20m from the finish and just failed to catch Gammoudi. Viren’s last 400m was covered in 56.0, and his last 2Km in 5:06.0, faster than the Finnish record for the event.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The 1971 European Champion was Finland’s Juha Väätäinen, who also won the 10K at that meet, the first dominant distance runner since the 1940s. But in the Olympic year, the best times had been posted by his countryman Lasse Virén. Väätäinen would compete in the 5,000 final but finish only 13th. Ethiopia’s Miruts Yifter was a contender but missed his heat when he mistook an entry gate and could not get into the stadium for the race. America’s Steve Prefontaine was expected to challenge and was a media favorite, because of brash predictions and front-running tactics. He vowed he would win the gold medal and would run the final mile under four minutes in doing so. The final was started at a slow pace. But with four laps remaining Pre began to follow his prediction, moving to the lead and pushing the pace dramatically. He ran the next three laps in 62.8, 61.0, and 60.4 and dropped everybody but Virén and the defending champion, Mohamed Gammoudi. Virén took the lead right at the bell lapand held off Gammoudi on the backstretch, pulling away to win fairly easily, running his last 400 in 56.0. As Pre had predicted, the final mile was run almost exactly in 4 minutes. But he had nothing left in the stretch and was passed at the last minute by Britain’s Ian Stewart, who won the bronze medal, Pre finishing in fourth. Over the next three years, Pre established himself as America’s greatest ever distance runner on the track, and would likely have challenged for a gold medal in Montréal. But in May 1975, coming home from a party, he overturned his sports car and was killed when he was crushed beneath it. Virén completed the 5K/10K double in München, having won the 10,000 a few days earlier.
 
 
Results
5000 m Men Final 10 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.26.42 Lasse Virén Finland FIN 22 Jul 49
2 13.27.33 Mohamed Gammoudi Tunisia TUN 11 Feb 38
3 13.27.61 Ian Stewart Great Britain GBR 15 Jan 49
4 13.28.25 Steve Prefontaine United States USA 25 Jan 51
5 13.30.82 Emiel Puttemans Belgium BEL 8 Oct 47
6 13.32.58 Harald Norpoth West Germany FRG 22 Aug 42
7 13.34.38 Per Halle Norway NOR 6 May 49
8 13.39.31 Nikolay Sviridov Soviet Union URS 6 Jul 38
9 13.40.84 Frank Eisenberg East Germany GDR 7 Dec 43
10 13.41.83 Javier Alvarez Spain ESP 18 Dec 43
11 13.43.20 Ian McCafferty Great Britain GBR 24 Nov 44
12 13.43.22 Dave Bedford Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 49
13 13.53.84 Juha Väätäinen Finland FIN 12 Jul 41
DNS Mariano Haro Spain ESP 27 May 40
5000 m Men Heat 1 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.49.8a Mohamed Gammoudi Tunisia TUN 11 Feb 38
2 13.49.8a Dave Bedford Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 49
3 13.56.8a Ben Jipcho Kenya KEN 1 Mar 43
4 13.57.2a Anders Gärderud Sweden SWE 28 Aug 46
5 13.57.8a Mike Keogh Ireland IRL 13 Oct 50
6 13.57.8a René Goris Belgium BEL 1 Feb 46
7 14.01.6a Arne Risa Norway NOR 5 May 44
8 14.12.6a Takaharu Koyama Japan JPN 8 Jul 48
9 14.29.6a Carlos Lopes Portugal POR 18 Feb 47
10 15.19.6a Esau Ade Cameroon CMR 11 Jan 44
11 15.36.6a Pehind Suppiah Singapore SIN 10 Aug 49
5000 m Men Heat 2 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.31.8a Emiel Puttemans Belgium BEL 8 Oct 47
2 13.32.6a Steve Prefontaine United States USA 25 Jan 51
3 13.33.4a Harald Norpoth West Germany FRG 22 Aug 42
4 13.36.6a Javier Alvarez Spain ESP 18 Dec 43
5 13.43.8a Grant McLaren Canada CAN 19 Aug 48
6 13.45.2a Pedro Miranda Mexico MEX 2 Jan 48
7 14.08.6a Vladimir Afonin Soviet Union URS 4 Dec 48
8 14.34.4a Raymond Zembri France FRA 26 Dec 48
9 14.35.2a Dick Quax New Zealand NZL 1 Jan 48
10 14.39.2a Gerd Kärlin Denmark DEN 24 Jul 50
11 15.53.4a Carlos Cuque Guatemala GUA 24 Nov 45
5000 m Men Heat 3 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.38.2a Ian McCafferty Great Britain GBR 24 Nov 44
2 13.38.4a Frank Eisenberg East Germany GDR 7 Dec 43
3 13.38.6a Per Halle Norway NOR 6 May 49
4 13.40.4a Dusan Moravcik Czechoslovakia TCH 27 May 48
5 13.41.4a Paul Mose Kenya KEN 15 May 49
6 13.42.0a Tapio Kantanen Finland FIN 31 May 49
7 13.42.8a Tony Benson Australia AUS 20 May 43
8 13.45.0a Boualem Rahoui Algeria ALG 8 Oct 48
9 13.50.4a Tekle Fetinsa Ethiopia ETH 13 Dec 45
10 13.56.2a Dick Tayler New Zealand NZL 12 Aug 48
11 14.01.4a Edward Sequeira India IND 6 Feb 42
12 14.34.6a John Hartnett Ireland IRL 7 Jun 50
13 15.51.0a Abdallah Roaei Al-Mabrouk Saudi Arabia KSA 1 Jul 53
5000 m Men Heat 4 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.32.8a Juha Väätäinen Finland FIN 12 Jul 41
2 13.33.0a Ian Stewart Great Britain GBR 15 Jan 49
3 13.35.4a Mariano Haro Spain ESP 27 May 40
4 13.46.2a Tolossa Kotu Ethiopia ETH 15 Mar 50
5 13.52.6a Willy Polleunis Belgium BEL 27 Dec 47
6 13.57.6a Nikolay Puklakov Soviet Union URS 15 Jan 45
7 13.58.2a Mario Perez Mexico MEX 13 Mar 39
8 14.07.2a Len Hilton United States USA 28 Sep 47
9 14.15.2a Wolfgang Riesinger West Germany FRG 8 Jan 51
10 14.15.8a Knut Børø Norway NOR 28 Sep 48
11 14.18.8a Jørn Lauenborg Denmark DEN 14 Sep 44
12 14.37.2a Evans Mogaka Kenya KEN 21 Dec 49
13 14.37.4a Damiano Musonda Zambia ZAM 15 Aug 45
5000 m Men Heat 5 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.38.4a Lasse Virén Finland FIN 22 Jul 49
2 13.38.4a Nikolay Sviridov Soviet Union URS 6 Jul 38
3 13.39.2a Josef Jansky Czechoslovakia TCH 24 Nov 40
4 13.41.2a George Young United States USA 24 Jul 37
5 13.43.6a Edmundo Warnke Chile CHI 3 Jul 51
6 13.44.0a Robert Finlay Canada CAN 3 Aug 43
7 13.44.8a Keisuke Sawaki Japan JPN 8 Dec 43
8 13.48.2a Bronisław Malinowski Poland POL 4 Jun 51
9 14.06.6a Jürgen May West Germany FRG 18 Jun 42
10 14.11.6a Gavin Thorley New Zealand NZL 11 Jun 47
11 14.26.0a Hikmet Sen Turkey TUR 15 Jul 44
12 14.54.4a Fritz Rüegsegger Switzerland SUI 7 May 50
13 15.24.2a Usaia Sotutu Fiji FIJ 20 Sep 48
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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