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Gold medal times in the 5,000m at the Summer Olympics 1912-2016

Gold medal winning times in the Men's and Women's 5,000 meters at the Summer Olympics from 1912 to 2016

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Sources

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1912 to 2016

Supplementary notes

This data was collected using the official Olympic.org site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

* In order to display the data visually, the times have been converted into metric minutes. The standard times (male listed first) are as follows:
1912 - 14:36:60
1920 - 14:55:60
1924 - 14:31:20
1928 - 14:38:00
1932 - 14:30:00
1936 - 14:22:20
1948 - 14:17:60
1952 - 14:06:60
1956 - 13:39:60
1960 - 13:43:40
1964 - 13:48:80
1968 - 14:05:00
1972 - 13:26:42
1976 - 13:24:76
1980 - 13:21:00
1984 - 13:05:59
1988 - 13:11:70
1992 - 13:12:52
1996 - 13:07:96 & 14:59:88
2000 - 13:35:49 & 14:40:79
2004 - 13:14:39 & 14:45:65
2008 - 12:57:82 & 15:41:40
2012 - 13:41:66 & 15:04:25
2016 - 13:03:30 & 14:26:17

The winning athletes (male listed first) and their represented countries are as follows:
1912 - Hannes Kolehmainen (Finland)
1920 - Joseph Guillemot (France)
1924 - Paavo Nurmi (Finland)
1928 - Ville Ritola (Finland)
1932 - Lauri Lehtinen (Finland)
1936 - Gunnar Höckert (Finland)
1948 - Gaston Reiff (Belgium)
1952 - Emil Zatopek (Czechoslovakia)
1956 - Vladimir Kuts (Soviet Union)
1960 - Murray Halberg (New Zealand)
1964 - Robert Keyser Schul (US)
1968 - Mohamed Gammoudi (Tunisia)
1972 - Lasse Virén (Finland)
1976 - Lasse Virén (Finland)
1980 - Miruts Yifter (Ethiopia)
1984 - Said Aouita (Morocco)
1988 - John Ngugi (Kenya)
1992 - Dieter Baumann (Germany)
1996 - Venuste Niyongabo (Burundi) & Junxia Wang (China)
2000 - Millon Wolde (Ethiopia) & Gabriela Szabo (Romania)
2004 - Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) & Meseret Defar (Ethiopia)
2008 - Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) & Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)
2012 - Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) & Meseret Defar (Ethiopia)
2016 - Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) & Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (Kenya)

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