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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's 5000 m

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top six in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1996 Format: Top eight in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 3, 1996  
(Competitors: 37; Countries: 22; Finalists: 15)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF   1996_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The first round eliminated just eight athletes in three heats with winning times which ranged from 13:50.61 to 14:02.71. The semi-finals were won by Kenyans Shem Kororia in 13:27.50 and Tom Nyariki in a slow 14:03.21, a time beaten by 14 of the 15 runners in the first semifinal. The finalists included Baumann and Bitok, the big finishers in 1992, and Niyongabo, who had a 3:30.09 time for 1500m to his credit. Despite this, no-one was willing to take on the pace at the start, with 69.0 sufficing for the lead for the first lap. Kororia and Nyariki took over the pacemaking duties, the former passing through the first three kilometres in 2:45.4, 5:20.7 and 8:00.1, and the latter leading at 4000m in 10:40.5. Kennedy, a strong runner with no big kick, took over with two laps to go and led until 500m remained, at which point Niyongabo moved to the front, and passed the bell in 12:13.1 after a 60.0 lap. The miler from Burundi went 10m clear along the final back straight, but had slightly mistimed his kick. With 130m to go his lead began to shrink, and Bitok started to close in. Behind him Boulami was gaining on the Kenyan, and in a concertina effect Baumann was finishing fastest of all. The Burundian got home one and a half metres ahead of Bitok, with Boulami a similar distance behind. Baumann slowed up in the last 40m when he realised a medal was out of range. Niyongabo was the first ever Olympic medal winner from Burundi.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Vénuste Niyongabo of Burundi was the first great runner from that nation. He was considered a medal favorite in the 1,500 but withdrew from that event to allow his countryman, Dieudonné Kwizéra to run in that event. Niyongabo had only twice before competed at 5K but he had the best speed in the event. The last two World Championships had been won by Kenya’s Ismael Kirui but he did not compete in Atlanta. In August 1995, Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie had shattered the world record by 11 seconds, running 12:44.39, but he chose to run only 10K in Atlanta. The defending gold and silver medalists, Dieter Baumann (FRG) and Paul Bitok (KEN), were back and qualified for the final. The final was started at a slow pace, playing into Niyangabo’s speed. America’s Bob Kennedy, a strong runner with no kick, moved to the front after 4,000 metres, trying to hold on for a medal but the attempt was futile. The final lap came down to Niyongabo, Bitok, Baumann, and Morocco’s Khalid Boulami. None of them could match Niyongabo’s speed as he won the gold medal, with Bitok finishing second as he had in 1992.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 12:44.39 Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie Zürich (SUI) August 16, 1995
Olympic Record 13:05.59 Morocco Saïd Aouita Los Angeles (USA) August 11, 1984
 
        Results        
 
5000 m Men     Final 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.07.96     Vénuste Niyongabo Burundi BDI 9 Dec 73  
2 13.08.16     Paul Bitok Kenya KEN 26 Jun 70  
3 13.08.37     Khalid Boulami Morocco MAR 7 Aug 69  
4 13.08.81     Dieter Baumann Germany GER 9 Feb 65  
5 13.12.29     Thomas Nyariki Kenya KEN 27 Sep 71  
6 13.12.35     Bob Kennedy United States USA 18 Aug 70  
7 13.12.91     Enrique Molina Spain ESP 25 Feb 68  
8 13.13.26     Brahim Lahlafi Morocco MAR 15 Apr 68  
9 13.14.63     Shem Kororia Kenya KEN 25 Sep 72  
10 13.18.30     Fita Bayissa Ethiopia ETH 15 Dec 72  
11 13.22.89     Ismaïl Sghyr Morocco MAR 16 Mar 72  
12 13.28.36     Gennaro Di Napoli Italy ITA 5 Mar 68  
13 13.42.34     Réda Benzine Algeria ALG 19 Apr 71  
14 13.44.64     Stéphane Franke Germany GER 12 Feb 64  
15 14.06.52     Aïssa Belaout Algeria ALG 12 Aug 68  
5000 m Men     Semifinal 1 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.27.50     Shem Kororia Kenya KEN 25 Sep 72  
2 13.27.61     Paul Bitok Kenya KEN 26 Jun 70  
3 13.27.73     Brahim Lahlafi Morocco MAR 15 Apr 68  
4 13.27.90     Bob Kennedy United States USA 18 Aug 70  
5 13.28.80     Gennaro Di Napoli Italy ITA 5 Mar 68  
6 13.29.72     Khalid Boulami Morocco MAR 7 Aug 69  
7 13.30.88     Fita Bayissa Ethiopia ETH 15 Dec 72  
8 13.37.52     Réda Benzine Algeria ALG 19 Apr 71  
9 13.40.94     Stéphane Franke Germany GER 12 Feb 64  
10 13.47.81     Jonathon Wyatt New Zealand NZL 20 Dec 72  
11 13.50.90     Anacleto Jiménez Spain ESP 24 Feb 67  
12 13.51.45     Miroslav Vanko Slovakia SVK 14 Feb 73  
13 13.54.43     John Morapedi South Africa RSA 30 Nov 76  
14 13.55.23     Shaun Creighton Australia AUS 14 May 67  
15 14.24.81     José Ramos Portugal POR 27 Jul 68  
5000 m Men     Semifinal 2 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 14.03.21     Thomas Nyariki Kenya KEN 27 Sep 71  
2 14.03.48     Vénuste Niyongabo Burundi BDI 9 Dec 73  
3 14.03.75     Dieter Baumann Germany GER 9 Feb 65  
4 14.04.08     Enrique Molina Spain ESP 25 Feb 68  
5 14.04.23     Ismaïl Sghyr Morocco MAR 16 Mar 72  
6 14.04.56     Aïssa Belaout Algeria ALG 12 Aug 68  
7 14.05.48     Assefa Mezegebu Ethiopia ETH 19 Jun 78  
8 14.06.45     Stefano Baldini Italy ITA 25 May 71  
9 14.08.39     John Nuttall Great Britain GBR 11 Jan 67  
10 14.08.88     Cormac Finnerty Ireland IRL 14 Jan 70  
11 14.16.14     Shadrack Hoff South Africa RSA 19 May 73  
12 14.23.60     Julian Paynter Australia AUS 15 Jul 70  
13 14.27.72     Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60  
14 14.39.64     Manuel Pancorbo Spain ESP 7 Jul 66  
  DNS     Luís Jesús Portugal POR 19 Nov 68  
5000 m Men     Heat 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 14.02.71     Ismaïl Sghyr Morocco MAR 16 Mar 72  
2 14.02.75     Shem Kororia Kenya KEN 25 Sep 72  
3 14.03.06     Réda Benzine Algeria ALG 19 Apr 71  
4 14.03.56     Gennaro Di Napoli Italy ITA 5 Mar 68  
5 14.04.08     Shaun Creighton Australia AUS 14 May 67  
6 14.05.97     Shadrack Hoff South Africa RSA 19 May 73  
7 14.16.57     Anacleto Jiménez Spain ESP 24 Feb 67  
8 14.17.26     José Ramos Portugal POR 27 Jul 68  
9 14.30.76     Matt Giusto United States USA 25 Oct 66  
10 14.39.50     William Roldán Colombia COL 23 May 73  
11 15.29.16     Sidi Ahmed Ould Ahmedou Mauritania MTN 66  
5000 m Men     Heat 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.50.61     Fita Bayissa Ethiopia ETH 15 Dec 72  
2 13.51.25     Brahim Lahlafi Morocco MAR 15 Apr 68  
3 13.51.47     Thomas Nyariki Kenya KEN 27 Sep 71  
4 13.51.55     Enrique Molina Spain ESP 25 Feb 68  
5 13.51.96     Aïssa Belaout Algeria ALG 12 Aug 68  
6 13.52.00     Dieter Baumann Germany GER 9 Feb 65  
7 13.52.16     John Nuttall Great Britain GBR 11 Jan 67  
8 13.52.56     Jonathon Wyatt New Zealand NZL 20 Dec 72  
9 13.53.16     Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60  
10 13.54.01     Cormac Finnerty Ireland IRL 14 Jan 70  
11 14.00.25     Julian Paynter Australia AUS 15 Jul 70  
12 14.28.64     Adalberto García Brazil BRA 31 Aug 67  
13 14.30.53     Henry Moyo Malawi MAW 8 Oct 72  
5000 m Men     Heat 3 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 13.54.30     John Morapedi South Africa RSA 30 Nov 76  
2 13.54.45     Paul Bitok Kenya KEN 26 Jun 70  
3 13.54.53     Vénuste Niyongabo Burundi BDI 9 Dec 73  
4 13.54.57     Bob Kennedy United States USA 18 Aug 70  
5 13.54.72     Khalid Boulami Morocco MAR 7 Aug 69  
6 13.54.88     Miroslav Vanko Slovakia SVK 14 Feb 73  
7 13.54.89     Assefa Mezegebu Ethiopia ETH 19 Jun 78  
8 13.55.41     Stefano Baldini Italy ITA 25 May 71  
9 13.57.42     Manuel Pancorbo Spain ESP 7 Jul 66  
10 14.06.34     Stéphane Franke Germany GER 12 Feb 64  
11 14.08.87     Luís Jesús Portugal POR 19 Nov 68  
12 14.15.21     Khamis Abdulla Saifeldin Sudan SUD 1 Dec 76  
13 15.19.80     Hassan Abokar Adani Somalia SOM 30 Jun 68  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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