10,000 metres at the World Championships in Athletics

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10,000 metres
at the World Championships in Athletics
10000 m men finish Moscow 2013.jpg
Ibrahim Jeilan and Mo Farah in the 2013 men's final
Overview
Gender Men and women
Years held Men: 19832017
Women: 19872017
Championship record
Men 26:46.31 Kenenisa Bekele (2009)
Women 30:04.18 Berhane Adere (2003)
Reigning champion
Men  Mo Farah (GBR)
Women  Almaz Ayana (ETH)

The 10,000 metres at the World Championships in Athletics has been contested by men since the inaugural edition in 1983 and by women since the subsequent edition in 1987. It is the second most prestigious title in the discipline after the 10,000 metres at the Olympics. The competition format is a straight final with typically between twenty and thirty participants. Before 1999, the event had two qualifying heats leading to a final.

The championship records for the event are 26:46.31 minutes for men, set by Kenenisa Bekele in 2009, and 30:04.18 minutes for women, set by Berhane Adere in 2003.[1] The world record has never been broken or equalled at the competition by either men or women, reflecting the lack of pacemaking and athletes' more tactical approach to championship races.[2]

Haile Gebrselassie is the most successful athlete of the event with four gold medals and also a silver and a bronze, spanning a period from 1993 to 2003. His Ethiopian compatriot Kenenisa Bekele matched his feat of four consecutive titles in 2009. Tirunesh Dibaba is the most successful woman, with three gold medals to her name (2005, 2007, 2013, plus a silver in 2017).

Ethiopia is by far the most successful nation in the discipline, with fifteen gold medals and 33 medals in total. Kenya is comfortably the next most successful with seven gold and 25 medals overall. Great Britain is the only other nation to have won multiple gold medals, with three in the men's and one in the women's division.

Four winners of the 10,000 m have completed a long-distance double by also winning the 5000 metres at the World Championships in Athletics: Tirunesh Dibaba was the first to do so in 2005, Kenenisa Bekele became the first man to do so in 2009, and Vivian Cheruiyot (2011) and Mo Farah (2013/2015) followed at the subsequent editions. Of these, only Mo Farah has achieved the feat twice, in 2013 and 2015 - either side of which he performed the same feat in consecutive Olympic Games.

Age[edit]

At 15 years, 153 days, Sally Barsosio won the bronze medal in the women's 10,000 m at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics. This makes her the youngest World Championships medallist in any discipline.

  • All information from IAAF[3]
Distinction Male athlete Age Female athlete Age
Youngest champion Haile Gebrselassie 20 years, 126 days Sally Barsosio 19 years, 137 days
Youngest medalist Richard Chelimo 19 years, 183 days Sally Barsosio 15 years, 153 days
Youngest participant Assefa Mezgebu 17 years, 47 days Enh Od Tevdenshigmed 14 years, 267 days
Oldest champion Mo Farah 30 years, 140 days Ingrid Kristiansen 31 years, 167 days
Oldest medalist Mo Farah 30 years, 140 days Berhane Adere 32 years, 16 days
Oldest participant Mohamed Ezzher 39 years, 120 days Francie Larrieu Smith 38 years, 277 days

Doping[edit]

Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey became the first athlete to be disqualified from the World Championships 10,000 metres for doping. This ban came retrospectively as a 2015 retest of a frozen sample of urine from the 2007 World Championships in Athletics showed the presence of a banned substance. She was stripped of her silver medal.[4]

No other competitors have been banned from the event for doping.[5] Outside of the competition, the 2003 women's bronze medallist Sun Yingjie was banned for doping in 2005.[6]

Medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

In the sixteen editions until 2017, the men's race at the World Championships has been dominated by three men; Ethipians Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, and Great Britain's Mo Farah - between them, they have won eleven of the sixteen editions held, won silver twice, and bronze once.


Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki
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 Alberto Cova (ITA)  Werner Schildhauer (GDR)  Hansjörg Kunze (GDR)
1987 Rome
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 Paul Kipkoech (KEN)  Francesco Panetta (ITA)  Hansjörg Kunze (GDR)
1991 Tokyo
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 Moses Tanui (KEN)  Richard Chelimo (KEN)  Khalid Skah (MAR)
1993 Stuttgart
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 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Moses Tanui (KEN)  Richard Chelimo (KEN)
1995 Gothenburg
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 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Khalid Skah (MAR)  Paul Tergat (KEN)
1997 Athens
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 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Paul Tergat (KEN)  Salah Hissou (MAR)
1999 Seville
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 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Paul Tergat (KEN)  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH)
2001 Edmonton
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 Charles Kamathi (KEN)  Assefa Mezgebu (ETH)  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
2003 Saint-Denis
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 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)
2005 Helsinki
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 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)  Moses Mosop (KEN)
2007 Osaka
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 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Sileshi Sihine (ETH)  Martin Mathathi (KEN)
2009 Berlin
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 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)  Zersenay Tadese (ERI)  Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN)
2011 Daegu
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 Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH)  Mo Farah (GBR)  Imane Merga (ETH)
2013 Moscow
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 Mo Farah (GBR)  Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH)  Paul Tanui (KEN)
2015 Beijing
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 Mo Farah (GBR)  Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (KEN)  Paul Tanui (KEN)
2017 London
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 Mo Farah (GBR)  Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (UGA)  Paul Tanui (KEN)

Multiple medalists[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Period Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia (ETH) 1993–2003 4 1 1 6
2 Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia (ETH) 2003–2009 4 0 0 4
3 Farah, MoMo Farah  Great Britain (GBR) 2011–2017 3 1 0 4
4= Jeilan, IbrahimIbrahim Jeilan  Ethiopia (ETH) 2011–2013 1 1 0 2
4= Tanui, MosesMoses Tanui  Kenya (KEN) 1991–1993 1 1 0 2
6= Tergat, PaulPaul Tergat  Kenya (KEN) 1995–1999 0 2 1 3
6= Sihine, SileshiSileshi Sihine  Ethiopia (ETH) 2003–2007 0 2 1 3
8 Tanui, PaulPaul Tanui  Kenya (KEN) 2013–2017 0 0 3 3
9= Chelimo, RichardRichard Chelimo  Kenya (KEN) 1991–1993 0 1 1 2
9= Skah, KhalidKhalid Skah  Morocco (MAR) 1991–1995 0 1 1 2
9= Mezgebu, AssefaAssefa Mezgebu  Ethiopia (ETH) 1999–2001 0 1 1 2
12 Kunze, HansjörgHansjörg Kunze  East Germany (GDR) 1983–1987 0 0 2 2

Medalists by country[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Ethiopia (ETH) 9 4 4 17
2  Kenya (KEN) 3 5 8 16
3  Great Britain (GBR) 3 1 0 4
4  Italy (ITA) 1 1 0 2
5=  East Germany (GDR) 0 1 2 3
5=  Morocco (MAR) 0 1 2 3
7  Eritrea (ERI) 0 1 0 1

Women[edit]

Although no Kenyan or Ethiopian won any of the first four editions of the race, they have shared all eleven since, with Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot the dominant athletes, with three wins, and two win's respectively. The next highest ranked nation, China, won all but one if its medals in the now discredited era of 'Ma's Army', the distance running program run by Ma Junren.


Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1987 Rome
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 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)  Yelena Zhupiyeva-Vyazova (URS)  Kathrin Weßel (GDR)
1991 Tokyo
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 Liz McColgan (GBR)  Zhong Huandi (CHN)  Wang Xiuting (CHN)
1993 Stuttgart
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 Wang Junxia (CHN)  Zhong Huandi (CHN)  Sally Barsosio (KEN)
1995 Gothenburg
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 Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)  Derartu Tulu (ETH)  Tegla Loroupe (KEN)
1997 Athens
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 Sally Barsosio (KEN)  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)  Masako Chiba (JPN)
1999 Seville
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 Gete Wami (ETH)  Paula Radcliffe (GBR)  Tegla Loroupe (KEN)
2001 Edmonton
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 Derartu Tulu (ETH)  Berhane Adere (ETH)  Gete Wami (ETH)
2003 Saint-Denis
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 Berhane Adere (ETH)  Werknesh Kidane (ETH)  Sun Yingjie (CHN)
2005 Helsinki
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 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Berhane Adere (ETH)  Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH)
2007 Osaka
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 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Kara Goucher (USA)  Jo Pavey (GBR)
2009 Berlin
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 Linet Masai (KEN)  Meselech Melkamu (ETH)  Wude Ayalew (ETH)
2011 Daegu
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 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)  Sally Kipyego (KEN)  Linet Masai (KEN)
2013 Moscow
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 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Gladys Cherono Kiprono (KEN)  Belaynesh Oljira (ETH)
2015 Beijing
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 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)  Gelete Burka (ETH)  Emily Infeld (USA)
2017 London
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 Almaz Ayana (ETH)  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)  Agnes Jebet Tirop (KEN)

Multiple medalists[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Period Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Dibaba, TiruneshTirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia (ETH) 2005–2017 3 1 0 4
2 Cheruiyot, VivianVivian Cheruiyot  Kenya (KEN) 2011–2015 2 0 0 2
3 Adere, BerhaneBerhane Adere  Ethiopia (ETH) 2001–2005 1 2 0 3
4= Ribeiro, FernandaFernanda Ribeiro  Portugal (POR) 1995–1997 1 1 0 2
4= Tulu, DerartuDerartu Tulu  Ethiopia (ETH) 1995–2001 1 1 0 2
4= Masai, LinetLinet Masai  Kenya (KEN) 2009–2011 1 1 0 2
7= Barsosio, SallySally Barsosio  Kenya (KEN) 1993–1997 1 0 1 2
7= Wami, GeteGete Wami  Ethiopia (ETH) 1999–2001 1 0 1 2
9 Huandi, ZhongZhong Huandi  China (CHN) 1991–1993 0 2 0 2
10 Loroupe, TeglaTegla Loroupe  Kenya (KEN) 1995–1999 0 0 2 2

Medalists by country[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Ethiopia (ETH) 7 7 4 18
2  Kenya (KEN) 4 2 5 11
3  China (CHN) 1 2 2 5
4=  Great Britain (GBR) 1 1 1 3
4=  Portugal (POR) 1 1 0 2
6  Norway (NOR) 1 0 0 1
7  United States (USA) 0 1 1 2
8  Soviet Union (URS) 0 1 0 1
9=  East Germany (GDR) 0 0 1 1
9=  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1

Championship record progression[edit]

Men[edit]

Men's 10,000 metres World Championships record progression[7]
Time Athlete Nation Year Round Date
27:45.54 Mamede, FernandoFernando Mamede  Portugal (POR) 1983 Heats 7 August
27:38.63 Kipkoech, PaulPaul Kipkoech  Kenya (KEN) 1987 Final 29 August
27:29.07 Machuka, JosephatJosephat Machuka  Kenya (KEN) 1995 Heats 5 August
27:12.95 Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia (ETH) 1995 Final 8 August
26:49.57 Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia (ETH) 2003 Final 24 August
26:46.31 Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia (ETH) 2009 Final 17 August

Women[edit]

Women's 10,000 metres World Championships record progression[8]
Time Athlete Nation Year Round Date
33:07.92 Ullrich, KathrinKathrin Ullrich  East Germany (GDR) 1987 Heats 31 August
31:05.85 Kristiansen, IngridIngrid Kristiansen  Norway (NOR) 1987 Final 4 September
30:49.30 Junxia, WangWang Junxia  China (CHN) 1993 Final 21 August
30:24.56 Wami, GeteGete Wami  Ethiopia (ETH) 1999 Final 26 August
30:04.18 Adere, BerhaneBerhane Adere  Ethiopia (ETH) 2003 Final 23 August

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ Championships Records. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-07-12.
  2. ^ IAAF World Championships: IAAF Statistics Handbook Daegu 2011, pp. 595–6 (archived). IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-07-06.
  3. ^ Butler 2015, p. 41–4.
  4. ^ Coldwell, Ben (2015-08-13). Jo Pavey set for world bronze upgrade as Elvan Abeylegesse positive is confirmed. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ Butler 2013, p. 67–9.
  6. ^ Sun suspended two years, coach in life ban. People's Daily Online (2006-01-13). Retrieved on 2015-08-16.
  7. ^ Main > Men, 10,000 m > World Championships Records Progression. Track and Field Brinkster. Retrieved on 2015-07-07.
  8. ^ Main > Women, 10,000 m > World Championships Records Progression. Track and Field Brinkster. Retrieved on 2015-07-07.

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