10,000-Meter Men's Olympic Medalists

Mo Farah displays his 10,000-meter gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Finnish competitors won five of the first six gold medals in the men's Olympic 10,000-meter run, with Paavo Nurmi winning twice, in 1920 and 1928. Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia was the first man to successfully defend his 10,000-meter Olympic title, winning in 1948 and 1952. Finland's Lasse Viren earned gold medals in 1972 and 1976 as part of his back-to-back 5000-10,000-meter doubles. Ethiopians won four consecutive gold medals from 1996-2008, with Haile Gebrselassie earning the first two and Kenenisa Bekele winning the next pair.

Two men have set world records at the Olympics: Finland's Ville Ritola in 1924, and Viren in 1972.

Find out how Emil Zatopek won three Olympic distance races in 1952.

  • 1912
    GOLD Hannes Kolehmainen, FIN 31:20.8
    SILVER Louis Tewanima, USA 32:06.6
    BRONZE Albin Stenroos, FIN 32:21.8
  • 1920
    GOLD Paavo Nurmi, FIN 31:45.8
    SILVER Joseph Guillemot, FRA 31:47.2
    BRONZE James Wilson, GBR 31:50.8
  • 1924
    GOLD Ville Ritola, FIN 30:23.2
    SILVER Edvin Wide, SWE 30:55.2
    BRONZE Eero Berg, FIN 31:43.0
  • 1928
    GOLD Paavo Nurmi, FIN, 30:18.8
    SILVER Ville Ritola, FIN 30:19.4
    BRONZE Edvin Wide, SWE 31:00.8
  • 1932
    GOLD Janusz Kusocinski, POL 30:11.4
    SILVER Volmari Iso-Hollo, FIN 30:12.6
    BRONZE Lauri Virtanen, FIN 30:35.0
  • 1936
    GOLD Ilmari Salminen,FIN 30:15.4
    SILVER Arvo Askola, FIN 30:15.6
    BRONZE Volmari Iso-Hollo, FIN 30:20.2
  • 1948
    GOLD Emil Zátopek, CZE 29:59.6
    SILVER Alain Mimoun, FRA 30:47.4
    BRONZE Bertil Albertsson, SWE 30:53.6
  • 1952
    GOLD Emil Zátopek, CZE 29:17.0
    SILVER Alain Mimoun, FRA 29:32.8
    BRONZE Aleksandr Anufriyev, URS 29:48.2
  • 1956
    GOLD Vladimir Kuts, URS 28:45.59
    SILVER Jόsef Kovács, HUN 28:52.36
    BRONZE Allan Lawrence, AUS 28:53.59
  • 1960
    GOLD Pyotr Bolotnikov, URS 28:32.18
    SILVER Hans Gordotzki, GER 28:37.22
    BRONZE David Power, AUS 28:37.65
  • 1964
    GOLD Billy Mills, USA 28:24.4
    SILVER Mohamed Gammoudi, TUN 28:24.8
    BRONZE Ron Clarke, AUS 28:25.8
  • 1968
    GOLD Naftali Temu, KEN 29:27.40
    SILVER Mamo Wolde, ETH 29:27.75
    BRONZE Mohamed Gammoudi, TUN 29:34.2
  • 1972
    GOLD Lasse Viren, FIN 27:38.35
    SILVER Emiel Puttemans, BEL 27:39.58
    BRONZE Miruts Yifter, ETH 27:40.96
  • 1976
    GOLD Lasse Viren, FIN 27:40.38
    SILVER Carlos Lopes, POR 27:45.17
    BRONZE Brendan Foster, GBR 27:54.92
  • 1980
    GOLD Miruts Yifter, ETH 27:42.69
    SILVER Kaarlo Maaninka, FIN 27:44.28
    BRONZE Mohamed Kedir,ETH 27:44.64
  • 1984
    GOLD Alberto Cova, ITA 27:47.54
    SILVER Mick McLeod, GBR 28:06.22
    BRONZE Mike Musyoki, KEN 28:06.46
  • 1988
    GOLD Brahim Boutayeb, MAR 27:21.46
    SILVER Salvatore Antibo, ITA 27:23.55
    BRONZE Kipkemboi Kimeli, KEN 27:25.16
  • 1992
    GOLD Khalid Skah, MAR 27:46.70
    SILVER Richard Chelimo, KEN 27:47.72
    BRONZE Addis Abebe, ETH 28:00.07
  • 1996
    GOLD Haile Gebrselassie, ETH 27:07.34
    SILVER Paul Tergat, KEN 27:08.17
    BRONZE Salah Hissou, MAR 27:24.67
  • 2000
    GOLD Haile Gebrselassie, ETH 27:18.20
    SILVER Paul Tergat, KEN 27:18.29
    BRONZE Assefa Mezgebu, ETH 27:19.75
  • 2004
    GOLD Kenenisa Bekele, ETH 27:05.10
    SILVER Sileshi Sihine, ETH 27:09.39
    BRONZE Zersenay Tadesse, ERI 27:22.57
  • 2008
    GOLD Kenenisa Bekele, ETH 27:01.17
    SILVER Sileshi Sihine, ETH 27:02.77
    BRONZE Micah Kogo, KEN 27:04.11
  • 2012
    GOLD Mo Farah, GBR, 27:30.42
    SILVER Galen Rupp, USA, 27:30.90
    BRONZE Tariku Bekele, ETH, 27:31.43

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