| Event type

5,000 metres, Women

Date30 July – 2 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants38 from 21 countries

The favorites were Kenyan Hellen Obiri and Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan. Hassan was attempting a distance triple by entering the 1,500 and the 5 and 10Ks. On the morning of the 5,000 final she had already run a heat of the 1,500, and had fallen at the start of the final lap, only to get up, catch the field, and then outkick them to win the heat. Behind Obiri and Hassan, Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay was also considered a medal contender.

The 5K final took place in the evening in stifling humidity, and a 24° C. (75° F.) dew point, and despite a light rain, nobody wanted to take the pace out quickly. Japan’s Ririka Hironaka led through 1,000 metres and then Ethiopian Ejgayehu Taye took the field through to 4K, as 11 runners remained in the lead pack.

At that point, Obiri knew she had to move to blunt Hassan’s kick. At the bell only five runners were left in medal contention, led by Obiri, but Hassan sprinted by her on the backstretch to take the lead, and increased her lead to 12 metres as she crossed the line for the gold medal. Obiri held on for silver as Tsegay took bronze.

Hassan was far from finished, as she would run the 1,500 final in four days, earning a bronze medal. She would come back the day after that to win the 10,000, finishing the Tokyo Olympics with a remarkable two golds and one bronze in the three distance events.

1Sifan HassanNEDGold
2Hellen ObiriKENSilver
3Gudaf TsegayETHBronze
4Agnes Jebet TiropKEN
5Ejgayehu TayeETH
6Senbere TeferiETH
7Nadia BattoclettiITA
8Yasemin CanTUR
9Ririka HironakaJPN
10Selamawit BayoulgnISR
11Karissa SchweizerUSA
12Lilian Kasait RengerukKEN
13Elise CrannyUSA
14Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR
15Andrea SeccafienCAN
6 h2 r1/2Nozomi TanakaJPN
7 h2 r1/2Rachel SchneiderUSA
8 h2 r1/2Rahel DanielERI
9 h2 r1/2Amy-Eloise MarkovcGBR
10 h2 r1/2Eilish McColganGBR
11 h1 r1/2Laura GalvánMEX
11 h2 r1/2Jenny BlundellAUS
12 h1 r1/2Kaede HagitaniJPN
12 h2 r1/2Esther ChebetUGA
13 h1 r1/2Jess JuddGBR
13 h2 r1/2Dominique ScottRSA
14 h1 r1/2Camille BuscombNZL
14 h2 r1/2Kate Van BuskirkCAN
15 h1 r1/2Prisca ChesangUGA
15 h2 r1/2Isobel Batt-DoyleAUS
16 h1 r1/2Lucia RodríguezESP
16 h2 r1/2Diane van EsNED
17 h1 r1/2Julie-Anne StaehliCAN
17 h2 r1/2Marthe YankurijeRWA
18 h1 r1/2Rose DaviesAUS
19 h1 r1/2Sarah ChelangatUGA
AC h2 r1/2Klara LukanSLO
AC h2 r1/2Francine NiyonsabaBDI