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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

 

Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 15–17
Competitors 39 from 25 nations
Winning time 14:05.0
Medalists
Gold medal    Tunisia
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Kenya
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
steeplechase
men
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 Men's 5000 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The event was held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 15–17.

Competition format

The Men's 5000m competition consisted of three heats (Round 1) and a Final. The top five runners from each heat advanced to the final.

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Ron Clarke (AUS) 13:16.6 Stockholm
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