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


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

Events at the
2009 World Championships
Track events
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3000 m
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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 (Ethiopia)
Zersenay Tadese
Moses Ndiema Masai


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

World record 26:17.53 Bruxelles, Belgium 26 August 2005
Championship record 26:49.57 Paris, France 24 August 2003
World leading 26:57.36 Fukuroi, Japan 3 May 2009
African record 26:17.53 Bruxelles, Belgium 26 August 2005
Asian record 26:38.76 Bruxelles, Belgium 5 September 2003
North American record 27:08.23 Berlin, West Germany 18 August 1989
South American record 27:28.12 Neerpelt, Belgium 2 June 2007
European record 26:52.30 Bruxelles, Belgium 3 September 1999
Oceanian record 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 26:46.31 CR

Qualification standards

A time B time
27:47.00 28:12.00


Date Time Round
August 17, 2009 20:50 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st Kenenisa Bekele 26:46.31 CR
2nd Zersenay Tadese 26:50.12 SB
3rd Moses Ndiema Masai 26:57.39 SB
4 Imane Merga 27:15.94 PB
5 Bernard Kipyego 27:18.47 SB
6 Dathan Ritzenhein 27:22.28 PB
7 Micah Kogo 27:26.33 SB
8 Galen Rupp 27:37.99 SB
9 Kidane Tadasse 27:41.50 SB
10 Gebregziabher Gebremariam 27:44.04 SB
11 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah 27:45.03 SB
12 Teklemariam Medhin 27:58.89 SB
13 Fabiano Joseph Naasi 28:04.32 SB
14 Juan Carlos Romero 28:09.78 SB
15 Carles Castillejo 28:09.89
16 Dickson Marwa 28:18.00 SB
17 Tim Nelson 28:18.04
18 Juan Luis Barrios 28:31.40
19 Surendra Kumar Singh 28:35.51 SB
20 Anatoliy Rybakov 28:42.28
21 Ezekiel Jafari 28:45.34
22 Martin Toroitich 28:49.49 SB
23 Rui Pedro Silva 28:51.40
24 David McNeill 29:18.59 SB
25 Yuki Iwai 29:24.12
Collis Birmingham DNF
Ayad Lamdassem DNF
Manuel Ángel Penas DNF
Abebe Dinkesa DNF
Nicholas Kemboi DNF
Martin Fagan 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 2:46.24
2000m Nicholas Kemboi 5:34.24
3000m Nicholas Kemboi 8:19.55
4000m Nicholas Kemboi 11:04.75
5000m Moses Ndiema Masai 13:40.45
6000m Zersenay Tadese 16:18.75
7000m Zersenay Tadese 18:57.73
8000m Zersenay Tadese 21:37.80
9000m Zersenay Tadese 24:13.73


  1. ^ 10,000 Metres - M Final. 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. 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.

External links

  • 10,000 metres startlist from IAAF. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
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