2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 10,000 metres

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The Men's 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 17 August. A large field of 31 athletes from 15 countries was set to participate in the final, although Irishman Martin Fagan did not start the competition.[1]

Kenenisa Bekele was the favourite before the race, having never lost a race over the distance and starting the race as the reigning Olympic and World champion, as well as the world record holder. Four-time major championship silver medallist Sileshi Sihine was another strong competitor,[2] but he withdrew due to an injury and was replaced by Ethiopian team's reserve Imane Merga.[3] Gebregziabher Gebremariam and Kenyans Moses Masai and Micah Kogo were other possible medallists, as well as the consistent Eritrean, Zersenay Tadese.[2]

Tadese sprinted to lead the race at the start but he was soon overtaken by Nicholas Kemboi, who led until the 4000-metre mark. Tadese and Masai picked up the pace and the Eritrean fronted the fastest group of runners from 5000 metres onwards. After a kilometre further on, a group of four runners (Tadese, Masai, Bekele and Kogo) were clearly leading the race as the other competitors trailed off. Tadese continued to lead and picked up the pace once again, at which point Kogo dropped off, shortly followed by Masai. Bekele continued to follow Tadese waiting, and on the last lap the reigning champion finally took the lead, sprinting away to win the gold medal in a Championship record time of 26:46.31. Tadese yet again took the silver, with a run of 26:50.12, and Masai maintained his third position for the bronze.[4]

Ever the strongest performer, Bekele remained undefeated to win his fourth consecutive 10,000 m at the World Championships, but it was second-placed Tadese's first medal at the World Championships. Moses Masai's bronze was his family's second of the competition, as his sister Linet Masai had won the Women's 10,000 metres two days earlier.[4][5]


Gold Silver Bronze
Kenenisa Bekele
 Ethiopia (ETH)
Zersenay Tadese
 Eritrea (ERI)
Moses Ndiema Masai
 Kenya (KEN)


Prior to the competition, the following world and championship records were as follows.

World record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Bruxelles, Belgium 26 August 2005
Championship record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:49.57 Paris, France 24 August 2003
World leading  Josephat Muchiri Ndambiri (KEN) 26:57.36 Fukuroi, Japan 3 May 2009
African record  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:17.53 Bruxelles, Belgium 26 August 2005
Asian record  Ahmad Hassan Abdullah (QAT) 26:38.76 Bruxelles, Belgium 5 September 2003
North American record  Arturo Barrios (MEX) 27:08.23 Berlin, West Germany 18 August 1989
South American record  Marílson Gomes dos Santos (BRA) 27:28.12 Neerpelt, Belgium 2 June 2007
European record  Mohammed Mourhit (BEL) 26:52.30 Bruxelles, Belgium 3 September 1999
Oceanian record  Collis Birmingham (AUS) 27:29.73 Berkeley, United States 24 April 2009

The following new Championship record was set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time CR WR
17 August Final Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia (ETH) 26:46.31 CR

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
27:47.00 28:12.00


Date Time Round
17 August 2009 20:50 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia (ETH) 26:46.31 CR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea (ERI) 26:50.12 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Moses Ndiema Masai  Kenya (KEN) 26:57.39 SB
4 Imane Merga  Ethiopia (ETH) 27:15.94 PB
5 Bernard Kipyego  Kenya (KEN) 27:18.47 SB
6 Dathan Ritzenhein  United States (USA) 27:22.28 PB
7 Micah Kogo  Kenya (KEN) 27:26.33 SB
8 Galen Rupp  United States (USA) 27:37.99 SB
9 Kidane Tadasse  Eritrea (ERI) 27:41.50 SB
10 Gebregziabher Gebremariam  Ethiopia (ETH) 27:44.04 SB
11 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah  Qatar (QAT) 27:45.03 SB
12 Teklemariam Medhin  Eritrea (ERI) 27:58.89 SB
13 Fabiano Joseph Naasi  Tanzania (TAN) 28:04.32 SB
14 Juan Carlos Romero  Mexico (MEX) 28:09.78 SB
15 Carles Castillejo  Spain (ESP) 28:09.89
16 Dickson Marwa  Tanzania (TAN) 28:18.00 SB
17 Tim Nelson  United States (USA) 28:18.04
18 Juan Luis Barrios  Mexico (MEX) 28:31.40
19 Surendra Kumar Singh  India (IND) 28:35.51 SB
20 Anatoliy Rybakov  Russia (RUS) 28:42.28
21 Ezekiel Jafari  Tanzania (TAN) 28:45.34
22 Martin Toroitich  Uganda (UGA) 28:49.49 SB
23 Rui Pedro Silva  Portugal (POR) 28:51.40
24 David McNeill  Australia (AUS) 29:18.59 SB
25 Yuki Iwai  Japan (JPN) 29:24.12
Collis Birmingham  Australia (AUS) DNF
Ayad Lamdassem  Spain (ESP) DNF
Manuel Ángel Penas  Spain (ESP) DNF
Abebe Dinkesa  Ethiopia (ETH) DNF
Nicholas Kemboi  Qatar (QAT) DNF
Martin Fagan  Ireland (IRL) DNS

Key: CR = Championship record, DNF = Did not finish, DNS = Did not start, PB = Personal best, SB = Seasonal best


Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
1000m Nicholas Kemboi  Qatar 2:46.24
2000m Nicholas Kemboi  Qatar 5:34.24
3000m Nicholas Kemboi  Qatar 8:19.55
4000m Nicholas Kemboi  Qatar 11:04.75
5000m Moses Ndiema Masai  Kenya 13:40.45
6000m Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 16:18.75
7000m Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 18:57.73
8000m Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 21:37.80
9000m Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 24:13.73


  1. ^ 10,000 Metres - M Final Archived 2012-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF (2009-08-17). Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-09). Men's 10,000m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  3. ^ Champion Dibaba to miss 10,000 m, Sihine out. Reuters (2009-08-14). Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  4. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-17). Event Report - Men's 10,000m - Final Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  5. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-17). Berlin 2009 - Day 3 SUMMARY - 17 Aug. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.

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