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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men

Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Dates October 13
Competitors 31 from 19 nations
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    Ethiopia
Bronze medal    Tunisia
Official Video Highlights
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The official results of the Men's 10,000 metres Race at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico held on Sunday October 13, 1968. There were a total number of 31 competitors.

The great rivalry between East African neighbors Ethiopia and Kenya. While Abebe Bikila had won the Marathon in the two previous Olympics to show Ethiopia's ability, this was Kenya's first ever gold medal, with Naftali Temu outsprinting leader Mamo Wolde on the home straight. Distance running has never been the same, with the two countries battling for virtually every major title since.

Final ranking

 Naftali Temu (KEN) 29:27.4
 Mamo Wolde (ETH) 29:28.0
 Mohamed Gammoudi (TUN) 29:34.2
4.  Juan Martínez (MEX) 29:35.0
5.  Nikolay Sviridov (URS) 29:43.2
6.  Ron Clarke (AUS) 29:44.2
7.  Ron Hill (GBR) 29:53.2
8.  Wohib Masresha (ETH) 29:57.0
9.  Nedo Farčić (YUG) 30:01.2
10.  Álvaro Mejía (COL) 30:10.6
11.  Tracy Smith (USA) 30:14.6
12.  Rex Maddaford (NZL) 30:17.2
13.  Michael Tagg (GBR) 30:18.0
14.  Fikru Deguefu (ETH) 30:29.4
15.  Jürgen Haase (GDR) 30:24.2
16.  Thomas Laris (USA) 30:26.2
17.  Leonid Mikitenko (URS) 30:46.0
18.  Manfred Letzerich (FRG) 30:48.6
19.  Tsugumichi Suzuki (JPN) 30:52.0
20.  Janos Szerenyi (HUN) 30:53.6
21.  Musa Mustapha (UGA) 30:54.2
22.  Lajos Mecser (HUN) 30:54.8
23.  Lutz Philipp (FRG) 30:57.0
24.  Vyacheslav Alanov (URS) 31:01.0
25.  David Ellis (CAN) 31:06.6
26.  James Hogan (GBR) 31:18.6
27.  Keisuke Sawaki (JPN) 31:25.2
28.  Van Nelson (USA) 31:40.2
29.  György Kiss (HUN) 32:03.4
30.  Juan Pérez (CRC) 32:14.6
31.  Benjamín Silva-Netto (PHI) 32:35.2


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