1972 Summer Olympics / Athletics - 5000 m (men)
|discipline||5000 meter run|
|Attendees||61 athletes from 35 countries|
|Competition location||Olympic Stadium Munich|
|Competition phase||September 7, 1972 (preliminary)
September 10, 1972 (final)
For the Federal Republic of Germany - officially Germany - Harald Norpoth , Wolfgang Riesinger and Jürgen May started . May and Riesinger failed in their preliminary stages. Norpoth reached the final and was sixth there.
The GDR was represented by Frank Eisenberg , who was ninth in the final.
The Swiss Fritz Rüegsegger retired in the preliminary run.
Runners from Austria and Liechtenstein did not take part.
|World record||13: 16.6 min||Ron Clarke ( Australia )||Stockholm , Sweden||July 6, 1966|
|Olympic record||13: 39.6 min||Volodymyr Kuz ( Soviet Union )||Melbourne finals , Australia||November 28, 1956|
Conducting the competition
The athletes competed in a total of five heats on September 7th. The two first runners and the four fastest runners reached the final on September 10th.
September 7th, 2.30 p.m .: preliminary runs
September 10, 3:10 p.m .: Final
The directly qualified athletes are highlighted in light blue, the others in light green.
Date: September 7, 1972, from 2.30 p.m.
|1||Mohamed Gammoudi||Tunisia||13: 49.8 min|
|2||David Bedford||Great Britain||13: 49.8 min|
|3||Ben Jipcho||Kenya||13: 56.8 min|
|4th||Gärderud is different||Sweden||13: 57.2 min|
|5||Michael Keogh||Ireland||13: 57.8 min|
|6th||René Goris||Belgium||13: 57.8 min|
|7th||Arne Risa||Norway||14: 01.6 min|
|8th||Takaharu Koyama||Japan||14: 12.6 min|
|9||Carlos Lopes||Portugal||14: 29.6 min|
|10||Esau Adenji||Cameroon||15: 19.6 min|
|11||Phang Cue Suppiah||Singapore||15: 36.6 min|
|1||Emiel Puttemans||Belgium||13: 31.8 min||OR|
|2||Steve Prefontaine||United States||13: 32.6 min|
|3||Harald Norpoth||BR Germany||13: 33.4 min|
|4th||Javier Álvarez||Spain||13: 36.6 min|
|5||Grant McLaren||Canada||13: 43.8 min|
|6th||Pedro Miranda||Mexico||13: 45.2 min|
|7th||Vladimir Afonin||Soviet Union||14: 08.6 min|
|8th||Raymond Zembri||France||14: 34.4 min|
|9||Dick Quax||New Zealand||14: 35.2 min|
|10||Gert Kærlin||Denmark||14: 39.2 min|
|11||Carlos Cuque||Guatemala||15: 53.4 min|
|Angel Perez||Costa Rica|
|1||Ian McCafferty||Great Britain||13: 38.2 min|
|2||Frank Eisenberg||GDR||13: 38.4 min|
|3||By hall||Norway||13: 38.6 min|
|4th||Dušan Moravčík||Czechoslovakia||13: 40.4 min|
|5||Paul Mose||Kenya||13: 41.4 min|
|6th||Tapio cantans||Finland||13: 42.0 min|
|7th||Tony Benson||Australia||13: 42.8 min|
|8th||Boualem Rahoui||Algeria||13: 45.0 min|
|9||Tekle Fetinsa||Ethiopia||13: 50.4 min|
|10||Richard Tayler||New Zealand||13: 56.2 min|
|11||Edward Sequeira||India||14:01.4 min|
|12||John Hartnett||Ireland||14: 34.6 min|
|13||Abdullah Al-Mabrouk||Saudi Arabia||15: 51.0 min|
|1||Juha Väätäinen||Finland||13: 32.8 min|
|2||Ian Stewart||Great Britain||13: 33.0 min|
|3||Mariano Haro||Spain||13: 36.4 min|
|4th||Tolossa Kotu||Ethiopia||13: 40.4 min|
|5||Willy Polleunis||Belgium||13: 52.6 min|
|6th||Nikolai Puklakov||Soviet Union||13: 57.6 min|
|7th||Mario Perez||Mexico||13: 58.2 min|
|8th||Leonard Hilton||United States||14: 07.2 min|
|9||Wolfgang Riesinger||BR Germany||14: 15.2 min|
|10||Knut Børø||Norway||14: 15.8 min|
|11||Jørn Lauenborg||Denmark||14: 18.8 min|
|12||Evans Mogaka||Kenya||14: 37.2 min|
|13||Damiano Musonda||Zambia||14: 37.4 min|
Miruts Yifter missed his lead because he took the wrong entrance to the stadium. He didn't arrive in time for the start.
|1||Let Virén||Finland||13: 38.4 min|
|2||Nikolai Sviridov||Soviet Union||13: 38.4 min|
|3||Josef Jánský||Czechoslovakia||13: 39.8 min|
|4th||George Young||United States||13: 41.2 min|
|5||Edmundo Warnke||Chile||13: 43.6 min|
|6th||Bob Finlay||Canada||13: 44.0 min|
|7th||Keisuke Sawaki||Japan||13: 44.8 min|
|8th||Bronislaw Malinowski||Poland||13: 48.2 min|
|9||Jürgen May||BR Germany||14: 06.6 min|
|10||Gavin Thorley||New Zealand||14: 11.6 min|
|11||Hikmet Şen||Turkey||14: 26.0 min|
|12||Fritz Rüegsegger||Switzerland||14: 54.4 min|
|13||Usaia Sotutu||Fiji||15: 24.2 min|
Date: September 10, 1972, 3,310 p.m.
There was a wide range of favorites for this race. After his Olympic victory over 10,000 meters, Lasse Virén from Finland, his compatriot Juha Väätäinen, double European champion in 1971 , the 21-year-old US runner Steve Prefontaine, the Tunisian Mohamed Gammoudi, Olympic champion 1968 , the Belgian Emiel Puttemans, silver medalist here in Munich over 10,000 meters, the Briton Ian Stewart, European Champion 1969 , and also the West German runner Harald Norpoth, last third at the European Championships in 1971.
The final race started at a slow pace, the runners stayed together for a long time. With four laps to go, Prefontaine dared to attack, he increased the pace and the field tore apart. Virén, Puttemans, Stewart and Gammoudi remained on the heels of the American. At the beginning of the last lap, Virén took the lead and pushed again. Stewart and Puttemans were falling behind now too. At the front, Gammoudi, Prefontaine and Virén fought for the Olympic victory with constantly changing guides. Leaving the curve, Lasse Virén sprinted past his opponents to the gold medal in front of Mohamed Gammoudi. Steve Prefontaine had to pay tribute to his fast pace and was intercepted by Ian Stewart, who won the bronze medal. Emiel Puttemans came in fifth. Harald Norpoth decided the sprint of the next chasing group for himself and finished sixth.
The race had become so fast on the last laps - the last 1000 meters in 2: 26.5 minutes that the Olympic record, which was improved in the second run, was once again undercut by more than five seconds. The existing world record , however, was another ten seconds better.
For Lasse Virén it was the second Olympic victory in Munich. A week earlier, he had triumphed over 10,000 meters.
In the 13th Olympic final, Lasse Virén won the sixth gold medal for Finland over 5000 meters .
|Meanwhile||Leading||1000 m time|
|1000 m||2: 46.3 min||Nikolai Sviridov||2: 46.3 min|
|2000 m||5: 32.6 min||Let Virén||2: 46.3 min|
|3000 m||8: 20.2 min||Javier Álvarez||2: 47.6 min|
|4000 m||10: 59.9 min||Steve Prefontaine||2: 39.7 min|
|5000 m||13: 26.4 min||Let Virén||2: 26.5 min|
|1||Let Virén||Finland||13: 26.42 min||OR|
|2||Mohamed Gammoudi||Tunisia||13: 27.33 min|
|3||Ian Stewart||Great Britain||13: 27.61 min|
|4th||Steve Prefontaine||United States||13: 28.25 min|
|5||Emiel Puttemans||Belgium||13: 30.82 min|
|6th||Harald Norpoth||BR Germany||13: 32.58 min|
|7th||By hall||Norway||13: 34.38 min|
|8th||Nikolai Sviridov||Soviet Union||13: 39.31 min|
|9||Frank Eisenberg||GDR||13: 40.84 min|
|10||Javier Álvarez||Spain||13: 41.83 min|
|11||Ian McCafferty||Great Britain||13: 43.20 min|
|12||David Bedford||Great Britain||13: 43.22 min|
|13||Juha Väätäinen||Finland||13: 53.84 min|
- Werner Schneider / Sport-Informations-Dienst / Bertelsmann Sportredaktion, The Olympic Games 1972. Munich - Kiel - Sapporo, Bertelsmann-Verlag, Munich, Gütersloh, Vienna 1972, ISBN 3-570-04559-5 , p. 32f
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