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10,000 Metres

The 10,000 metres or 10,000-meter run is a common long-distance track running event. The event is part of the athletics programme at the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics and is common at championship level events. It is less commonly held at track and field meetings, due to its duration. The 10,000 metres track race is usually distinguished from its road running counterpart, the 10K run, by the referring to the distance in metres, rather than kilometres.

The 10,000 metres is the longest standard track event. The international distance is equal to approximately 6.2137 miles (or, approximately 32,808.4 feet). Most of those running such races also compete in road races and cross country events.

Taisto Mäki breaks the 30-minute barrier in 1939.

Added to the Olympic program in 1912, athletes from Finland, nicknamed the "Flying Finns", dominated the event until the late 1940s. In the 1960s, African runners began to come to the fore.[1] In 1988, the women's competition debuted in the Olympic Games.

Official records are kept for outdoor 10,000 metres track events.[2] The world record for men is held by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 26:17.53, posted at Brussels, Belgium on August 26, 2005. For women, the world track 10,000 metres record is held by Wang Junxia of China in 29:31.78 on September 8, 1993.

The 10,000 metres demands exceptional levels of aerobic endurance, and elite athletes typically train in excess of 160 km (100 miles) a week.

All-time top 25

Men

Kenenisa Bekele (right), the current 10,000 m world record holder.

(Updated May 2014)

Pos Time Athlete Venue Date
1 26:17.53  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) Brussels August 26, 2005
2 26:22.75  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) Hengelo June 1, 1998
3 26:27.85  Paul Tergat (KEN) Brussels August 22, 1997
4 26:30.03  Nicholas Kemboi (KEN) Brussels September 5, 2003
5 26:30.74  Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) Hengelo May 29, 2005
6 26:35.63  Micah Kogo (KEN) Brussels August 25, 2006
7 26:36.26  Paul Koech (KEN) Brussels August 22, 1997
8 26:37.25  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Brussels August 25, 2006
9 26:38.08  Salah Hissou (MAR) Brussels August 23, 1996
10 26:38.76  Abdullah Ahmad Hassan (QAT) Brussels September 5, 2003
11 26:39.69  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) Hengelo May 31, 2004
12 26:39.77  Boniface Kiprop Toroitich (UGA) Brussels August 26, 2005
13 26:41.75  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) Brussels August 26, 2005
14 26:43.98  Lucas Kimeli Rotich (KEN) Brussels September 7, 2011
15 26:44.36  Galen Rupp (USA) Eugene May 30, 2014
16 26:46.57  Mo Farah (GBR) Eugene June 3, 2011
17 26:48.35  Imane Merga (ETH) Eugene June 3, 2011
18 26:48.99  Josphat Bett Kipkoech (KEN) Eugene June 3, 2011
19 26:49.02  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) Hengelo May 26, 2007
20 26:49.20  Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN) Brussels September 14, 2007
21 26:49.38  Sammy Kipketer (KEN) Brussels August 30, 2002
22 26:49.41  Paul Kipngetich Tanui (KEN) Eugene May 30, 2014
23 26:49.55  Moses Mosop (KEN) Hengelo May 26, 2007
24 26:49.90  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH) Brussels August 30, 2002
25 26:50.20  Richard Limo (KEN) Brussels August 30, 2002

Women

(Updated August 2012)[3]

Pos. Time Athlete Venue Date
1 29:31.78  Wang Junxia (CHN) Beijing September 8, 1993
2 29:53.80  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) Utrecht June 14, 2009
3 29:54.66  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) Beijing August 15, 2008
4 29:56.34  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) Beijing August 15, 2008
5 29.59.20  Meseret Defar (ETH) Birmingham July 11, 2009
6 30:01.09  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) Munich August 6, 2002
7 30:04.18  Berhane Adere (ETH) Paris, Saint-Denis August 23, 2003
8 30:07.15  Werknesh Kidane (ETH) Paris, Saint-Denis August 23, 2003
9 30:07.20  Sun Yingjie (CHN) Paris, Saint-Denis August 23, 2003
10 30:11.53  Florence Jebet Kiplagat (KEN) Utrecht June 14, 2009
11 30:11.87  Wude Ayalew (ETH) Utrecht June 14, 2009
12 30:12.53  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) Paris, Saint-Denis August 23, 2003
13 30:13.37  Zhong Huandi (CHN) Beijing September 8, 1993
14 30:13.74  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) Oslo July 5, 1986
15 30:17.49  Derartu Tulu (ETH) Sydney September 30, 2000
16 30:18.39  Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH) Sollentuna June 28, 2005
17 30:22.22  Shalane Flanagan (USA) Beijing August 15, 2008
18 30:22.48  Gete Wami (ETH) Sydney September 30, 2000
19 30:22.88  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) Sydney September 30, 2000
20 30:23.07  Alla Zhilyaeva (RUS) Paris, Saint-Denis August 23, 2003
21 30:24.36  Xing Huina (CHN) Athens August 27, 2004
22 30:26.20  Galina Bogomolova (RUS) Paris, Saint-Denis August 23, 2003
23 30:26.37  Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (KEN) London August 3, 2012
24 30:26.50  Linet Chepkwemoi Masai (KEN) Beijing August 15, 2008
25 30:26.70  Belaynesh Oljira (ETH) Eugene June 1, 2012

Olympic medalists

Men

Women

World Championships medalists

Men

Championship Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki  Alberto Cova (ITA)  Werner Schildhauer (GDR)
1987 Rome
1991 Tokyo
1993 Stuttgart
1995 Gothenburg
1997 Athens
1999 Seville
2001 Edmonton
2003 Paris
2005 Helsinki
2007 Osaka
2009 Berlin
2011 Daegu
2013 Moscow
2015 Beijing

Women

Championship Gold Silver Bronze
1987 Rome
1991 Tokyo
1993 Stuttgart
1995 Gothenburg
1997 Athens
1999 Seville
2001 Edmonton
2003 Paris
2005 Helsinki
2007 Osaka
2009 Berlin
2011 Daegu
2013 Moscow
2015 Beijing

Season's bests

As of June 15, 2015

Competitions

References

External links

  • ARRS: Yearly Rankings - 10000 metres Outdoor Track
  • 10K Races in Race-Calendar.com
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