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Last Updated: Friday, 20 August, 2004, 20:23 GMT 21:23 UK
Clockwatch: Men's 10,000m final
All the action as Kenenisa Bekele takes gold in the men's 10,000m final Athens.

25 laps: Kenenisa Bekele produces a devastating sprint around the final lap, leaving Sileshi Sihine trailing to take gold in and Olympic record of 27 minutes 5.11 seconds. Bekele's last lap was an extraordinary 53 seconds.

Bekele's compatriot Sileshi Sihine of Ethiopia wins silver, with Zersenay Tadesse of Eritrea taking bronze.

Haile Gebrselassie finishes in fifth in 27:27.70.

24 laps: The leading pair hear the bell, with Bekele moving ahead of Sihine.

23 laps: Sileshi Sihine leads Kenenisa Bekele through the lap marker with two laps to go. Gebrselassie's challenge is over.

22 laps: The pace has shot up once more, and the race looks to be between Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine with three laps to go.

21 laps: Zersenay Tadesse of Eritrea joins the leading group and takes them past the lap marker.

20 laps: A 67-second lap allows Gebrselassie to close the gap on the leading group. But the champion still appears to be struggling.

19 laps: Boniface Kidrop leads Kenenisa Bekele past the lap marker, with Sileshi Sihine just behind.

17 laps: Boniface Kidrop goes past Gebrselassie, and the reigning champion appears to be beaten as he drops behind the leading group.

16 laps: The pace remains quick - the last lap was 63 seconds - and the same four runners, Gebrselassie, Bekele, Sihine and Kidrop continue to lead.

14 laps: Boniface Kidrop of Uganda joins the leading trio of Ethiopians, and the quartet break some way clear of the field. John Yuda, meanwhile, retires - clearly hurt by his earlier fall.

13 laps: Sileshi Sihine and Haile Gebrselassie end the lap together in front of the field, and the pace has slowed slightly, to around 64 seconds per lap.

11 laps: The Ethiopians appear to be running as a team, and the three runners are leading.

10 laps: Kenenisa Bekele steps the pace up once more, producing a lap of 61.3 seconds - the field is becoming quite stretched.

Nine laps: The three Ethiopians, Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine are at the front.

Eight laps: Gebrselassie produces the quickest lap of the race so far of 64 seconds.

Seven laps: Gebrselassie moves to the front and takes the tempo of the race up.

Five laps: Daniel Browne of the USA joins Dieudonne Disi at the head of the field, but with laps coming at around 70 seconds, there is no split.

But John Yuda of Tanzania suffers from the slow pace as his heels are accidentally clipped and he goes tumbling.

Three laps: Dieudonne Disi is currently heading the field, which is currently taking things at a steady pace.

One lap: Kenenisa Bekele leads the field around the first lap in 65 seconds.

2055 BST: The 24 runners begin the men's 10,000m, with Haile Gebrselassie receiving a tremendous reception from the crowd.


Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie is preparing to go for his third Olympic 10,000m title.

The distance running legend is running his final ever track race before concentrating on the marathon, but he faces tough competition.

In particular, he will be pushed by Kenenisa Bekele who broke Gebrselassie's own world record in the distance last year.

Sileshi Sihine will also hope to get in the medals for Ethiopia.





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