The 10,000m event involves years of dedication before an athlete can hope to reach Olympic level. Runners have to run many miles a week to train for the race. Famous Olympic winners include Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek and Haile Gebrselassie.

Emil Zátopek - 1952 Olympics

Czechoslovakia's Emil Zátopek goes for an unprecedented triple in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics as he competes in the 5000m, 10000m, and the Marathon. A short documentary video about the great runner.

10,000 Metres |

10000 metres. How it works. Runners compete over 25 laps of a 400m track. They make bunched standing starts and can break immediately for the inside. Also: lists of all-time records and the current best runners. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics.

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