Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's 10 KM winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's 10 KM

The longest track event, the 10000 meter sprint for men is the litmus test for physical fitness, flexibility, speed and tenacity. If an athlete lacks in stamina, he will be unable to perform even if he is a fast runner and agile person.

Debut
The 10000 meter sprint in Olympics has been the part of Olympics since the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games. After Stockholm Olympics, the event has appeared in every summer game.

Dominating Country
The sprinters from Finland and the African countries have been the limelight in the 10000 meter race. Till the 1960s the athletes from Finland won most medals. However, after that, athletes from African countries caught them up.

Rules and Regulations
  • All the events must be held on track and lane as the rules set by the International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF).
  • An IAAF approved automatic watch has to be used for measuring the time.
  • If a runner does not reach the finishing line, he will not be given any credit. Even if he has performed better than other athletes out in the middle, he will lose.
  • The participants are allowed to use spiked shoes. The tracks are made of such substance which can deal with spiked shoes.
  • The IAAF has specified the radius of the outside lane of the track. It should not be more than 50 meter.
  • A sprinter will be disqualified if he commits two consecutive mistakes.
  • If an athlete is found guilty of obstructing other athletes, he will attract punishment in the form of disqualification.
  • Preliminary heat events will be organized if the number of athletes exceeds twelve.
Top Performers
Athletes who have done well in this format of athletics are Ilmari Salminen, Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Pyotr Bolotnikov, Paavo Nurmi, Ville Ritola, Janusz Kusocinski, Brahim Boutayeb, Billy Mills, Naftali Temu, Lasse Viren, Miruts Yifter, Alberto Cova, Hannes Kolehmainen, and Khalid Skah.

Men's 10 KM Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Hannes Kolehmainen
Finland
Lewis Tewanima
United States
Albin Stenroos
Finland
1920 Paavo Nurmi
Finland
Joseph Guillemot
France
James WILSON
Great Britain
1924 Ville Ritola
Finland
Edvin Wide
Sweden
Eero Berg
Finland
1928 Paavo Nurmi
Finland
Ville Ritola
Finland
Edvin Wide
Sweden
1932 Janusz Kusocinski
Poland
Volmari Iso-Hollo
Finland
Lauri Virtanen
Finland
1936 Ilmari SALMINEN
Finland
Arvo ASKOLA
Finland
Volmari ISO-HOLLO
Finland
1948 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia
Alain Mimoun
France
Bertil Albertsson
Sweden
1952 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia
Alain Mimoun
France
Aleksandr Anufriyev
Soviet Union
1956 Vladimir Kuts
Soviet Union
József Kovács
Hungary
Allan Lawrence
Australia
1960 Pyotr Bolotnikov
Soviet Union
Hans GRODOTZKI
United Team Of Germany
David Power
Australia
1964 Billy MILLS
United States
Mohammed Gammoudi
Tunisia
Ron Clarke
Australia
1968 Naftali Temu
Kenya
Mamo Wolde
Ethiopia
Mohammed Gammoudi
Tunisia
1972 Lasse Virén
Finland
Emiel Puttemans
Belgium
Miruts Yifter
Ethiopia
1976 Lasse Virén
Finland
Carlos Lopes
Portugal
Brendan Foster
Great Britain
1980 Miruts Yifter
Ethiopia
Kaarlo Maaninka
Finland
Mohamed Kedir
Ethiopia
1984 Alberto Cova
Italy
Mike McLeod
Great Britain
Mike Musyoki
Kenya
1988 Brahim Boutayeb
Morocco
Salvatore Antibo
Italy
Kipkemboi Kimeli
Kenya
1992 Khalid Skah
Morocco
Richard Chelimo
Kenya
Addis Abebe
Ethiopia
1996 Haile Gebrselassie
Ethiopia
Paul Tergat
Kenya
Salah Hissou
Morocco
2000 Haile Gebrselassie
Ethiopia
Paul Tergat
Kenya
Assefa Mezgebu
Ethiopia
2004 Kenenisa Bekele
Ethiopia
Sileshi Sihine
Ethiopia
Zersenay Tadese
Eritrea
2008 Kenenisa Bekele
Ethiopia
Sileshi Sihine
Ethiopia
Micah Kogo
Kenya
2012 Mo Farah
Great Britain

Tariku Bekele
Ethiopia
2016 Mo Farah
Great Britain
Paul Tanui
Kenya
Tamirat Tola
Ethiopia