1968 Summer Olympics / Athletics - 5000 m (men)
|discipline||5000 meter run|
|Attendees||39 athletes from 25 countries|
|Competition location||Estadio Olímpico Universitario|
|Competition phase||October 15, 1968 (preliminary)
October 17, 1968 (final)
Werner Girke and Harald Norpoth started for the Federal Republic of Germany - officially Germany - who qualified for the final but had to give up the race there. Girke, like the only starter from the GDR - officially East Germany - Bernd Dießner , and the Swiss Werner Schneiter were eliminated in the preliminary run. Runners from Austria and Liechtenstein did not take part.
|World record||13: 16.6 min||Ron Clarke ( Australia )||Stockholm , Sweden||5th July 1968|
|Olympic record||13: 39.6 min||Volodymyr Kuz ( Soviet Union )||Melbourne finals , Australia||November 28, 1956|
Conducting the competition
The athletes competed in the three preliminary runs on October 15th. The five best runners qualified for the final on October 17th.
October 15, 4.10 p.m .: preliminary runs
October 17, 5:20 p.m .: Final
Note: All times are Mexico City local time ( UTC −6)
The qualified athletes are highlighted in light blue.
Date: October 15, 1968, from 4:10 p.m.
Gabriel M'Boa was the first participant from the Central African Republic to take part in the Olympic Games.
|1||Kipchoge Keino||Kenya||14: 28.4 min||14: 28.40 min|
|2||Mohamed Gammoudi||Tunisia||14: 29.0 min||14: 29.06 min|
|3||Mamo Wolde||Ethiopia||14: 29.8 min||14: 29.85 min|
|4th||Bob Finlay||Canada||14: 31.8 min||14: 31.81 min|
|5||Emiel Puttemans||Belgium||14: 34.6 min||14: 34.58 min|
|6th||Bernd Dießner||GDR||14: 41.0 min||14: 41.03 min|
|7th||Raschid Sharafetdinov||Soviet Union||14: 44.0 min||14: 44.41 min|
|8th||Dick Taylor||Great Britain||14: 46.6 min||14: 46.52 min|
|9||Keisuke Sawaki||Japan||15: 00.8 min||15: 00.86 min|
|10||György Kiss||Hungary||15: 13.0 min||15: 13.07 min|
|11||Lou Scott||United States||15: 13.6 min||15: 13.69 min|
|12||Esau Adenji||Cameroon||15: 46.2 min||15: 46.21 min|
|13||Gabriel M'Boa||Central African Republic||17: 33.0 min||17: 32.95 min|
|14th||Juan Valladares||Honduras||18: 21.6 min||18: 21.52 min|
|1||Naftali Temu||Kenya||14: 20.4 min||14: 20.38 min|
|2||Ron Clarke||Australia||14: 20.8 min||14: 20.78 min|
|3||Wohib Masresha||Ethiopia||14: 27.0 min||14: 26.99 min|
|4th||Jack Bacheler||United States||14: 31.0 min||14: 31.00 min|
|5||Nikolai Sviridov||Soviet Union||14: 38.8 min||14: 38.70 min|
|6th||Ahmed Zammel||Tunisia||14: 54.0 min||14: 54.02 min|
|7th||Alan Blinston||Great Britain||15: 06.2 min||15: 06.28 min|
|8th||Werner Schneiter||Switzerland||15: 08.2 min||15:08:24 min|
|9||Mustafa Musa||Uganda||15: 10.2 min||15: 10.24 min|
|10||Edward Stawiarz||Poland||15: 13.8 min||15: 13.87 min|
|11||Werner Girke||BR Germany||15: 20.8 min||15: 20.85 min|
|12||Rafael Perez||Costa Rica||15: 41.4 min||15: 41.37 min|
|13||Benjamin Silva-Netto||Philippines||17: 10.2 min||17: 10.15 min|
|14th||Clovis Morales||Honduras||18: 40.2 min||18: 40.13 min|
|1||Jean Wadoux||France||14: 19.8 min||14: 19.80 min|
|2||Juan Martínez||Mexico||14: 20.0 min||14: 20.06 min|
|3||Harald Norpoth||BR Germany||14: 20.6 min||14: 20.59 min|
|4th||Rex Maddaford||New Zealand||14: 20.8 min||14: 20.82 min|
|5||Fikru Deguefu||Ethiopia||14: 21.6 min||14: 21.66 min|
|6th||Bob Day||United States||14: 23.2 min||14: 23.23 min|
|7th||Leonid Mikitenko||Soviet Union||14: 44.0 min||14: 44.35 min|
|8th||Allan Rushmer||Great Britain||15:05.2 min||15:05.17 min|
|9||Julio Quevedo||Guatemala||15: 23.0 min||15: 23.03 min|
Date: October 15, 1968, 5:20 p.m.
Two participants qualified for the final did not start: Jack Bacheler, USA, and Mamo Wolde from Ethiopia, who wanted to concentrate fully on the marathon after winning the silver medal over 10,000 meters .
The runners from Africa, above all the Kenyan Kipchoge Keino, the winner of the Commonwealth Games in 1966, were considered favorites after their performance over 10,000 meters . But his compatriot Naftali Temu, gold over 10,000 m, and the Tunisian Mohamed Gammoudi, silver over 10,000 m four years ago and bronze over the same distance here in Mexico, were highly rated. The Australian world record holder Ron Clarke repeatedly had difficulties with his sprinting ability when it came to the really big races and was certainly disadvantaged compared to his African competitors in terms of the high altitude of Mexico. This also applied to the German Harald Norpoth, silver in Tokyo 1964 , who was one of the extended favorites.
As expected, the race was not particularly fast in view of the reduced atmospheric oxygen content, and the field remained together for a long time with changing leaders. Norpoth had to give up after almost 3000 meters with side stitches and stomach problems. With two laps to go, Gammoudi took the lead with a long sprint. The field quickly tore apart, only Temu, Keino, Clarke and the Mexican Juan Martínez, already surprisingly fourth over 10,000 meters, were initially able to follow. When it came to the final lap, Clarke and Martinez also fell behind. Gammoudi ran the race from the front, the two Kenyans stayed on his heels. In the final corner Temu let his compatriot Keino pass inside and on the home straight it initially seemed that Keino could overtake the Tunisian. But Mohamed Gammoudi fended off the attack and became Olympic champion ahead of Kipchoge Keino and Naftali Temu. Juan Martínez took fourth place, Ron Clarke was fifth.
Mohamed Gammoudi was the first Olympic champion in Tunisia.
Kipchoge Keino and Naftali Temu won the first Kenyan medals in this discipline.
|Meanwhile||Leading||1000 m time|
|1000 m||2: 53.5 min||Ron Clarke||2: 53.5 min|
|2000 m||5: 44.0 min||Kipchoge Keino||2: 51.5 min|
|3000 m||8: 38.8 min||Nikolai Sviridov||2: 54.8 min|
|4000 m||11: 30.8 min||Ron Clarke||2: 52.0 min|
|5000 m||14: 05.0 min||Mohamed Gammoudi||2: 34.2 min|
|1||Mohamed Gammoudi||Tunisia||14: 05.0 min||14:05.01 min|
|2||Kipchoge Keino||Kenya||14: 05.2 min||14:05:16 min|
|3||Naftali Temu||Kenya||14: 06.4 min||14: 06.41 min|
|4th||Juan Martínez||Mexico||14: 10.8 min||14: 10.76 min|
|5||Ron Clarke||Australia||14: 12.4 min||14: 12.45 min|
|6th||Wohib Masresha||Ethiopia||14: 17.6 min||14: 17.70 min|
|7th||Nikolai Sviridov||Soviet Union||14: 18.4 min||14: 18.40 min|
|8th||Fikru Deguefu||Ethiopia||14: 19.0 min||14: 18.98 min|
|9||Jean Wadoux||France||14: 20.8 min||14: 20.73 min|
|10||Rex Maddaford||New Zealand||14: 39.8 min||14: 39.72 min|
|11||Bob Finlay||Canada||14: 45.0 min||14: 44.92 min|
|12||Emiel Puttemans||Belgium||14: 59.6 min||14: 59.56 min|
|DNF||Harald Norpoth||BR Germany|
|Jack Bacheler||United States|
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