Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's 5000 Meter winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's 5000 Meter

The 5000 meter sprint for men, also called 5 kilometer or Five K event, is held on the tracks in the Olympics. For doing well in the event, the athletes require speed and stamina. Only speed sans strategy is bound to fail.

Debut
5000 meter race for men event made its Olympic debut in the 1912 Stockholmes Summer Games. After that, the event has been contested regularly.

Rules and Regulations
  • Federation approved automatic timing device must be used for time measurement during the races. No other device for measuring the time is allowed.
  • When the number of athletes in the event is more than twelve, preliminary heats are organized. The sprinters qualifying in the heats enter the next round. Participation is mandatory for all athletes.
  • International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has determined the length and width of the running track used for the track events during the Olympics.
  • In accordance with the IAAF rules, the radius of the outside lane of the running track cannot exceed 50 meter in length.
  • After two false starts, the athlete is disqualified from the competition.
  • No athlete is allowed to participate if he leaves the track when the race is on.
  • An athlete is not given any credit if he fails to reach the finishing line.
  • The participants are not allowed to run inside the inner curve of the track, or even stepping on it.
  • Obstruction of the race in any way will attract disqualification.
Dominating Country
Finland has been the dominating country since the advent of 5000 meter sprint for men. However, after the 1960s, African countries became the dominant force.

Top Performers
Some of the top performers in the event are Gunnar Hockert, Gaston Reiff, Emil Zatopek, Murray Halberg, Bob Schul, Mohammed Gammoudi, Lasse Viren, Said Aouita, Miruts Yifter, Vladimir Kuts, John Ngugi, Dieter Baumann, Hannes Kolehmainen, Joseph Guillemot, Paavo Nurmi, Ville Ritola and Lauri Lehtinen.

Men's 5000 Meter Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Hannes Kolehmainen
Finland
Jean Bouin
France
George Hutson
Great Britain
1920 Joseph Guillemot
France
Paavo Nurmi
Finland
Erik Backman
Sweden
1924 Paavo Nurmi
Finland
Ville Ritola
Finland
Edvin Wide
Sweden
1928 Ville Ritola
Finland
Paavo Nurmi
Finland
Edvin Wide
Sweden
1932 Lauri Lehtinen
Finland
Ralph Hill
United States
Lauri Virtanen
Finland
1936 Gunnar HÖCKERT
Finland
Lauri LEHTINEN
Finland
Henry Jonsson
Sweden
1948 Gaston Reiff
Belgium
Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia
Wim Slijkhuis
Netherlands
1952 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia
Alain Mimoun
France
Herbert Schade
Germany
1956 Vladimir Kuts
Soviet Union
Gordon Pirie
Great Britain
Derek Ibbotson
Great Britain
1960 Murray Halberg
New Zealand
Hans GRODOTZKI
United Team Of Germany
Kazimierz Zimny
Poland
1964 Robert Keyser SCHUL
United States
Harald NORPOTH
United Team Of Germany
Bill DELLINGER
United States
1968 Mohammed Gammoudi
Tunisia
Kipchoge Keino
Kenya
Naftali Temu
Kenya
1972 Lasse Virén
Finland
Mohammed Gammoudi
Tunisia
Ian Stewart
Great Britain
1976 Lasse Virén
Finland
Dick Quax
New Zealand
Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand
West Germany
1980 Miruts Yifter
Ethiopia
Suleiman Nyambui
Tanzania
Kaarlo Maaninka
Finland
1984 Saïd Aouita
Morocco
Markus Ryffel
Switzerland
António Leitão
Portugal
1988 John Ngugi
Kenya
Dieter Baumann
West Germany
Hansjörg Kunze
East Germany
1992 Dieter Baumann
Germany
Paul Bitok
Kenya
Fita Bayissa
Ethiopia
1996 Venuste Niyongabo
Burundi
Paul Bitok
Kenya
Khalid Boulami
Morocco
2000 Million Wolde
Ethiopia
Ali Saidi-Sief
Algeria
Brahim Lahlafi
Morocco
2004 Hicham El Guerrouj
Morocco
Kenenisa Bekele
Ethiopia
Eliud Kipchoge
Kenya
2008 Kenenisa Bekele
Ethiopia
Eliud Kipchoge
Kenya
Edwin Cheruiyot Soi
Kenya
2012 Mo Farah
Great Britain
Dejen Gebremeskel
Ethiopia
Thomas Longosiwa
Kenya
2016 Mo Farah
Great Britain
Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo
United States
Hagos Gebrhiwet
Ethiopia