Stat Attack: The Olympic 10,000m in numbers

Brush up on your 10,000m knowledge before the athletics gets underway



by Alison Hamlett

Wang Junxia
Junxia Wang celebrates victory in the 10,000m in 1993. Picture credit: Mike Powell/Getty Images.
Emil Zatopek
Emil Zatopek trains with Jamaican runner Arthur Wint before the 1952 Olympics. Picture credit: STF/AFP.

The Olympic 10,000m in numbers

6.214
The imperial equivalent in miles of the 10,000m. It's the longest track event at the Olympics.

26:17.53
The Men’s World Record, set by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in Brussels in 2005.

1912
The year the men’s 10,000m made its Olympic debut in Stockholm, Sweden. 

1952
The year that Czech legend Emil Zatopek won three gold medals – in the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon (which he’d never run before) at the Helsinki Olympics. It had never been done before and hasn’t been repeated since. 

29:31.78
The Women’s World Record, set by Junxia Wang of China in Beijing in 1993.

1988
The year the women’s 10,000m made its Olympic debut in Seoul, South Korea.

27:30.8
The world record time set by the only Brit to ever hold the world record, London Marathon Race Director David Bedford. That was back in 1973.

203
seconds between the winner Dibaba and the final finisher in the women’s 10,000m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Spanish runner Isabel Checa finished in last place in 33:17.

0
The number of medals won by Kenyan women at Olympic 10,000m races. That looks set to change at the London Games if hot favourite Vivian Cheruiyot continues the winning streak she started when she set a new personal best at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu in 2011.  


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