| Event type

5,000 metres, Women

Date26 – 28 July 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants46 from 25 countries

After three Olympics in which the women had run 3,000 metres as a shorter distance race, the event was moved up to 5,000 metres in 1996, putting them on a par with the men. The 1995 Worlds had been conducted at 5K, won by Sonia O’Sullivan, but the European Championship would not move up to 5,000 until 1998. O’Sullivan had also won the 1994 European 3K and was favored with Romania’s Gabriela Szabo. Mary Decker-Slaney (USA) was back, still trying for an Olympic medal after her trauma in 1984 and failure in the 1988 final. But she would not get out of the heats. O’Sullivan did not run well in the Atlanta heat and dropped out of the final. Kenya’s Pauline Konga took the lead at 1,000 and held it until two laps to go when Wang Junxia passed her in the decisive move. Wang held on to win the gold medal, Konga not really challenging her on the last lap, but Konga did get the silver medal.

13154Wang JunxiaCHN15:24.28 (4 h2)14:59.88 (1)GoldOR
23516Pauline KongaKEN15:07.01 (1 h3)15:03.49 (2)Silver
33438Roberta BrunetITA15:22.58 (1 h2)15:07.52 (3)Bronze
43497Michiko ShimizuJPN15:23.56 (2 h2)15:09.05 (4)
53329Paula RadcliffeGBR15:23.90 (3 h2)15:13.11 (5)
63710Yelena RomanovaRUS15:23.37 (4 h3)15:14.09 (6)
73653Elena FidatofROU15:17.89 (2 h1)15:16.71 (7)
83513Rose CheruiyotKEN15:26.87 (5 h2)15:17.33 (8)
93849Lynn JenningsUSA15:19.66 (3 h1)15:17.50 (9)
103870Amy RudolphUSA15:21.90 (3 h3)15:19.77 (10)
113771Sara WedlundSWE15:20.61 (5 h1)15:22.98 (11)
123264Ayelech WorkuETH15:21.59 (2 h3)15:28.81 (12)
133614Anne HareNZL15:22.31 (6 h1)15:29.11 (13)
143762Anita WeyermannSUI15:19.91 (4 h1)15:44.40 (14)
AC r2/23425Sonia O'SullivanIRL15:15.80 (1 h1)– (DNF)
5 h3 r1/23158Wei LiCHN15:33.49 (5 h3)
6 h2 r1/23364Claudia LokarGER15:28.35 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/23459Silvia SommaggioITA15:33.63 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/23380Petra WassilukGER15:37.73 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/23128Kathy ButlerCAN15:47.50 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/23664Gabriela SzaboROU15:42.35 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/23161Yang SijuCHN15:40.41 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/23258Merima DenbobaETH15:48.35 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/23245Cristina PetiteESP15:48.63 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/23102Roseli MachadoBRA15:41.63 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/23214Nina ChristiansenDEN15:56.38 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/23555Zohra OuazizMAR15:55.03 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/23512Lydia CheromeiKEN15:49.85 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/23633Ana DiasPOR15:57.35 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/23422Katy McCandlessIRL15:55.66 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/23490Harumi HiroyamaJPN15:50.43 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/23661Stela OlteanuROU15:58.28 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/23503Irina MikitenkoKAZ15:57.67 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/23238Isabel MartínezESP15:59.42 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/23528Jeļena ČelnovaLAT15:59.00 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/23491Yoshiko IchikawaJPN15:58.90 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/23265Luchia YishakETH16:04.29 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/23424Marie McMahonIRL15:59.12 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/23322Sonia McGeorgeGBR16:01.92 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/23018Kate AndersonAUS16:17.83 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/23028Natalie HarveyAUS16:06.45 (14 h2)
14 h3 r1/23133Robyn MeagherCAN16:24.49 (14 h3)
15 h1 r1/23335Alison WyethGBR16:24.74 (15 h1)
15 h3 r1/23573Martha PortoblancoNCA18:42.78 (15 h3)
16 h1 r1/23604Rachida MahamaneNIG19:17.87 (16 h1)
DQ3872Mary Decker-SlaneyUSA[15:41.30] (DQ h2)1
DNS3046Carolyn SchuwalowAUS– (DNS h3)
DNS3669Gwen GriffithsRSA– (DNS h2)

Round One (26 July 1996)

Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Sonia O'SullivanIRL15:15.80QOR
214Elena FidatofROU15:17.89Q
31Lynn JenningsUSA15:19.66Q
44Anita WeyermannSUI15:19.91Q
511Sara WedlundSWE15:20.61q
67Anne HareNZL15:22.31q
75Petra WassilukGER15:37.73
813Yang SijuCHN15:40.41
910Roseli MachadoBRA15:41.63
1016Lydia CheromeiKEN15:49.85
1115Harumi HiroyamaJPN15:50.43
122Isabel MartínezESP15:59.42
138Luchia YishakETH16:04.29
1412Kate AndersonAUS16:17.83
153Alison WyethGBR16:24.74
169Rachida MahamaneNIG19:17.87

Heat Two (20:20)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
116Roberta BrunetITA15:22.58Q
22Michiko ShimizuJPN15:23.56Q
313Paula RadcliffeGBR15:23.90Q
415Wang JunxiaCHN15:24.28Q
53Rose CheruiyotKEN15:26.87q
67Claudia LokarGER15:28.35
712Kathy ButlerCAN15:47.50
88Merima DenbobaETH15:48.35
95Nina ChristiansenDEN15:56.38
1010Ana DiasPOR15:57.35
111Stela OlteanuROU15:58.28
1211Jeļena ČelnovaLAT15:59.00
1314Marie McMahonIRL15:59.122
144Natalie HarveyAUS16:06.45
DQ[9]Mary Decker-SlaneyUSA[15:41.30]3
DNS6Gwen GriffithsRSA

Heat Three (20:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Pauline KongaKEN15:07.01QOR
27Ayelech WorkuETH15:21.59Q
316Amy RudolphUSA15:21.90Q
413Yelena RomanovaRUS15:23.37Q
510Wei LiCHN15:33.49
615Silvia SommaggioITA15:33.63
78Gabriela SzaboROU15:42.35
81Cristina PetiteESP15:48.63
911Zohra OuazizMAR15:55.03
1014Katy McCandlessIRL15:55.66
115Irina MikitenkoKAZ15:57.67
122Yoshiko IchikawaJPN15:58.90
136Sonia McGeorgeGBR16:01.92
143Robyn MeagherCAN16:24.49
154Martha PortoblancoNCA18:42.78
DNS9Carolyn SchuwalowAUS

Final (28 July 1996 — 20:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Wang JunxiaCHN14:59.88OR
213Pauline KongaKEN15:03.49
312Roberta BrunetITA15:07.52
415Michiko ShimizuJPN15:09.05
52Paula RadcliffeGBR15:13.11
61Yelena RomanovaRUS15:14.09
77Elena FidatofROU15:16.71
83Rose CheruiyotKEN15:17.33
98Lynn JenningsUSA15:17.50
1010Amy RudolphUSA15:19.77
115Sara WedlundSWE15:22.98
1211Ayelech WorkuETH15:28.81
136Anne HareNZL15:29.11
1414Anita WeyermannSUI15:44.40
DNF9Sonia O'SullivanIRL


1000 m3:06.15Pauline Konga
2000 m6:08.9Pauline Konga
3000 m9:08.02Pauline Konga
4000 m12:05.25Pauline Konga