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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 5000 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Started: August 8, 1984  
Date Finished: August 11, 1984  
(Competitors: 56; Countries: 40; Finalists: 14)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Fastest in the two preliminary rounds was Aouita, the favourite, who coasted through a semi-final win in 13:28.39, ahead of world record holder Moorcroft (13:28.44) and converted 1500m champion John Walker (13:28.48). Ezequiel Canario (POR) led through 1000m in 2:37.3, with Leitão taking over as part of a team plan. In the final, Leitão led through kilometre splits of 5:17.8, 7:59.3 and 10:38.8. Only Aouita, Ryffel, Hutchings and the two Kenyans were still in contention. Leitão’s penultimate lap of 60.1 lost all but Aouita and Ryffel, and the Moroccan went past with 250m left, and got clear of Ryffel on the final curve, running his last 400m in 55.0, and his last mile in 4:03.9. Aouita’s time was the third-fastest ever run.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
In 1983 the first World Championship had been won by Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan, but he was injured in 1984 and did not compete. An early favorite was Britain's Dave Moorcroft, who had won the 1982 Commonwealth Games and set the world record in July 1982, challenging the 13-minute barrier with 13:00.41. He competed in Los Angeles, but also with an injury, and although he made the final, he finished 14th and last. Morocco's Saïd Aouita was a favorite, but it was not certain if he would run the 1,500 or 5K, eventually opting for this event. The final was a fast pace, set for 3K by Portugal's António Leitão. Six runners were together at that point, but on the penultimate lap, Leitão ran 60.1 to drop all but Aouita and Markus Ryffel (SUI). Aouita took the lead on the backstretch of the final lap, and dropped Ryffel on the curve, winning the gold medal with Leitão struggling in for the bronze, burned out by his early pace-setting tactics. In 1985 would break Moorcroft's world record, barely, running 13:00.40 at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Then in Roma in 1987, he became the first man to run under 13 minutes with a world record of 12:58.39.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 13:00.41 United Kingdom David Moorcroft Oslo (NOR) July 7, 1982
Olympic Record 13:20.34 United Kingdom Brendan Foster Montreal (CAN) July 28, 1976
 
        Results        
 
5000 m Men     Final 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.05.59     Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59  
2 13.07.54     Markus Ryffel Switzerland SUI 5 Feb 55 NR
3 13.09.20     António Leitão Portugal POR 22 Jul 60  
4 13.11.50     Tim Hutchings Great Britain GBR 4 Dec 58  
5 13.14.40     Paul Kipkoech Kenya KEN 6 Jan 63  
6 13.18.41     Charles Cheruiyot Kenya KEN 2 Dec 64  
7 13.23.56     Doug Padilla United States USA 4 Oct 56  
8 13.24.46     John Walker New Zealand NZL 12 Jan 52  
9 13.26.50     Ezequiel Canário Portugal POR 10 Apr 60  
10 13.27.34     Wilson Waigwa Kenya KEN 15 Feb 49  
11 13.34.50     Ray Flynn Ireland IRL 22 Jan 57  
12 13.41.64     Mats Erixon Sweden SWE 19 Mar 58  
13 13.53.34     Eamonn Martin Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 58  
14 14.16.61     Dave Moorcroft Great Britain GBR 10 Apr 53  
5000 m Men     Semifinal 1 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.38.59     Wilson Waigwa Kenya KEN 15 Feb 49  
2 13.39.76     António Leitão Portugal POR 22 Jul 60  
3 13.40.08     Markus Ryffel Switzerland SUI 5 Feb 55  
4 13.40.74     Ray Flynn Ireland IRL 22 Jan 57  
5 13.41.70     Eamonn Martin Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 58  
6 13.41.73     Doug Padilla United States USA 4 Oct 56  
7 13.43.49     Zakariah Barie Tanzania TAN 29 May 53  
8 13.45.98     Gerardo Alcala Mexico MEX 28 Jun 61  
9 13.46.34     Paul Williams Great Britain GBR 8 Oct 55  
10 13.46.65     Steve Lacy United States USA 17 Jan 56  
11 13.51.13     Omar Aguilar Chile CHI 1 Dec 59  
12 13.53.25     Zephaniah Ncube Zimbabwe ZIM 10 Jan 57  
13 13.57.43     Abderrazak Bounour Algeria ALG 11 Jan 57  
14 13.58.74     Antti Loikkanen Finland FIN 15 Apr 55  
  DNF     Uwe Mönkemeyer West Germany FRG 22 Sep 59  
5000 m Men     Semifinal 2 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.28.39     Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59  
2 13.28.44     Dave Moorcroft Great Britain GBR 10 Apr 53  
3 13.28.48     John Walker New Zealand NZL 12 Jan 52  
4 13.28.56     Charles Cheruiyot Kenya KEN 2 Dec 64  
5 13.28.60     Tim Hutchings Great Britain GBR 4 Dec 58  
6 13.29.08     Paul Kipkoech Kenya KEN 6 Jan 63  
7 13.29.72     Mats Erixon Sweden SWE 19 Mar 58  
8 13.32.64     Ezequiel Canário Portugal POR 10 Apr 60  
9 13.34.46     João Campos Portugal POR 22 Sep 58  
10 13.42.04     Eduardo Castro Mexico MEX 1 May 54  
11 13.46.02     Don Clary United States USA 29 Jul 57  
12 13.46.03     Bob Verbeeck Belgium BEL 5 Aug 60  
13 13.47.53     Salvatore Antibo Italy ITA 7 Feb 62  
  DQ     Martti Vainio        
  DNF     Christoph Herle West Germany FRG 19 Nov 55  
5000 m Men     Heat 1 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.43.28     Ezequiel Canário Portugal POR 10 Apr 60  
2 13.46.01     Tim Hutchings Great Britain GBR 4 Dec 58  
3 13.46.84     Ray Flynn Ireland IRL 22 Jan 57  
4 13.48.84     Wilson Waigwa Kenya KEN 15 Feb 49  
5 13.52.56     Doug Padilla United States USA 4 Oct 56  
6 13.57.96     Vincent Rousseau Belgium BEL 29 Jul 62  
7 14.03.44     José João da Silva Brazil BRA 7 Sep 55  
8 14.12.15     Jorge García Spain ESP 2 May 61  
9 14.27.78     Mohamed Rutiginga Tanzania TAN 29 Dec 59  
10 14.28.48     Julio César Gómez Argentina ARG 27 Jan 63  
11 14.48.08     George Mambosasa Malawi MAW 31 Jan 64  
12 15.20.58     Basil Kilani Jordan JOR 6 Aug 60  
13 17.36.69     Mimely Twegbe Liberia LBR 9 Sep 63  
  DNF     Ali Hufane Somalia SOM 60  
  DQ     Martti Vainio Finland FIN 30 Dec 50  
5000 m Men     Heat 2 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.44.45     Mats Erixon Sweden SWE 19 Mar 58  
2 13.44.75     John Walker New Zealand NZL 12 Jan 52  
3 13.44.97     Don Clary United States USA 29 Jul 57  
4 13.45.66     Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59  
5 13.46.27     Bob Verbeeck Belgium BEL 5 Aug 60  
6 13.46.35     Christoph Herle West Germany FRG 19 Nov 55  
7 13.47.56     Paul Williams Great Britain GBR 8 Oct 55  
8 13.58.51     Stijn Jaspers Netherlands NED 3 Jun 61  
9 13.59.41     Ahmed Musa Jouda Sudan SUD 27 Jan 57  
10 14.04.74     Piero Selvaggio Italy ITA 1 Jan 58  
11 14.36.89     Necdet Ayaz Turkey TUR 4 Jul 58  
12 15.05.78     Eugene Muslar Belize BIZ 28 Mar 59  
13 15.24.68     Tau John Tokwepota Papua New Guinea PNG 25 Jun 56  
14 17.16.77     Ruddy Cornielle Dominican Republic DOM 14 Jul 60  
  DNF     Féthi Baccouche Tunisia TUN 16 Nov 60  
5000 m Men     Heat 3 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.45.99     Charles Cheruiyot Kenya KEN 2 Dec 64  
2 13.46.16     Eamonn Martin Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 58  
2 13.46.16     Markus Ryffel Switzerland SUI 5 Feb 55  
2 13.46.16     Steve Lacy United States USA 17 Jan 56  
5 13.46.27     João Campos Portugal POR 22 Sep 58  
6 13.46.32     Salvatore Antibo Italy ITA 7 Feb 62  
7 13.46.33     Zephaniah Ncube Zimbabwe ZIM 10 Jan 57  
8 13.48.66     Uwe Mönkemeyer West Germany FRG 22 Sep 59  
9 13.50.60     Gerardo Alcala Mexico MEX 28 Jun 61  
10 14.02.98     Arie Gamliel Israel ISR 21 Nov 57  
11 14.22.20     Alphonse Swai Tanzania TAN    
12 14.52.43     Luis Tipan Ecuador ECU 8 Feb 54  
13 15.16.64     Ramon Lopez Paraguay PAR 6 Jun 63  
5000 m Men     Heat 4 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.51.33     António Leitão Portugal POR 22 Jul 60  
2 13.51.40     Dave Moorcroft Great Britain GBR 10 Apr 53  
3 13.51.46     Eduardo Castro Mexico MEX 1 May 54  
4 13.51.47     Antti Loikkanen Finland FIN 15 Apr 55  
5 13.51.52     Abderrazak Bounour Algeria ALG 11 Jan 57  
6 13.51.53     Omar Aguilar Chile CHI 1 Dec 59  
7 13.51.54     Paul Kipkoech Kenya KEN 6 Jan 63  
8 13.53.00     Zakariah Barie Tanzania TAN 29 May 53  
9 13.55.73     Antonio Selvaggio Italy ITA 1 Jan 58  
10 14.28.26     Roger Soler Peru PER 20 Sep 60  
11 14.33.49     Orlando Mora Costa Rica CRC 29 Jan 60  
12 15.02.52     Masini Situ Kumbanza DR Congo COD 25 Dec 55  
13 16.06.58     Ali Al-Ghadi Yemen YEM 10 Oct 52  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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