Gold medal times in the 5,000m at the Summer Olympics 1912-2020
In early Olympic Games, Finnish men dominated the 5,000m, however Ethiopian performances in recent years have seen them claim the same number of gold medals, with both countries having won six apiece across both events. Finland's Lasse Virén was the first athlete to win back-to-back 5,000m golds in 1972 and 1976, and Mo Farah matched this in 2012 and 2016. Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba is the only woman to have won two golds, in 2004 and 2012 respectively. Finland's Paavo Nurmi and Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj are the only athletes to have won gold medals in both the 1500m and 5,000m, in 1924 and 2004 respectively; while several athletes, including the women's champion in 2020, Sifan Hassan, have found success in both the 5,000m and 10,000m.