| 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.

12993Sifan HassanNED14:47.89 (1 h1)14:36.79 (1)Gold
22763Hellen ObiriKEN14:55.77 (2 h2)14:38.36 (2)Silver
31853Gudaf TsegayETH14:55.74 (1 h2)14:38.87 (3)Bronze
42766Agnes TiropKEN14:48.01 (2 h1)14:39.62 (4)
51851Ejgayehu TayeETH14:48.52 (4 h1)14:41.24 (5)
61852Senbere TeferiETH14:48.31 (3 h1)14:45.11 (6)
72380Nadia BattoclettiITA14:55.83 (3 h2)14:46.29 (7)
83658Yasemin CanTUR14:50.92 (6 h1)14:46.49 (8)
92665Ririka HironakaJPN14:55.87 (9 h1)14:52.84 (9)
102365Selam TeferiISR14:53.43 (8 h1)14:54.39 (10)
113890Karissa SchweizerUSA14:51.34 (7 h1)14:55.80 (11)
122764Lilian RengerukKEN14:50.36 (5 h1)14:55.85 (12)
133839Elise CrannyUSA14:56.14 (4 h2)14:55.98 (13)
143073Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR14:56.82 (5 h2)15:09.37 (14)
151409Andrea SeccafienCAN14:59.55 (10 h1)15:12.09 (15)
6 h2 r1/22678Nozomi TanakaJPN14:59.93 (6 h2)
7 h2 r1/23889Rachel SchneiderUSA15:00.07 (7 h2)
8 h2 r1/21742Rahel DanielERI15:02.59 (8 h2)
9 h2 r1/22012Amy-Eloise MarkovcGBR15:03.22 (9 h2)
10 h2 r1/22013Eilish McColganGBR15:09.68 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/22923Laura GalvánMEX15:00.16 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/21046Jenny BlundellAUS15:11.27 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/22664Kaede HagitaniJPN15:04.95 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/23698Esther ChebetUGA15:11.47 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/22008Jess JuddGBR15:09.47 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/23384Dominique Scott-EfurdRSA15:13.94 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/23098Camille BuscombNZL15:24.39 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/21413Kate Van BuskirkCAN15:14.96 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/23704Prisca ChesangUGA15:25.72 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/21042Isobel Batt-DoyleAUS15:21.65 (15 h2)
16 h1 r1/21777Lucía RodríguezESP15:26.19 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/23006Diane van EsNED15:47.01 (16 h2)
17 h1 r1/21410Julie-Anne StaehliCAN15:33.39 (17 h1)
17 h2 r1/23453Marthe YankurijeRWA15:55.94 (17 h2)
18 h1 r1/21052Rose DaviesAUS15:50.07 (18 h1)
19 h1 r1/23701Sarah ChelangatUGA15:59.40 (19 h1)
AC h2 r1/23463Klara LukanSLO– (DNF h2)
AC h2 r1/21163Francine NiyonsabaBDI– (DQ h2)

Round One

Date30 July 2021 — 19:00
FormatTop five in each heat and next five fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
115Sifan HassanNED14:47.89Q
22Agnes TiropKEN14:48.01Q
313Senbere TeferiETH14:48.31Q
46Ejgayehu TayeETH14:48.52Q
55Lilian RengerukKEN14:50.36Q
612Yasemin CanTUR14:50.92q
716Karissa SchweizerUSA14:51.34q
87Selam TeferiISR14:53.43q
919Ririka HironakaJPN14:55.87q
104Andrea SeccafienCAN14:59.55q
119Laura GalvánMEX15:00.16
121Kaede HagitaniJPN15:04.95
1317Jess JuddGBR15:09.47
1410Camille BuscombNZL15:24.39
1511Prisca ChesangUGA15:25.72
1618Lucía RodríguezESP15:26.19
178Julie-Anne StaehliCAN15:33.39
183Rose DaviesAUS15:50.07
1914Sarah ChelangatUGA15:59.40

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
119Gudaf TsegayETH14:55.74Q
213Hellen ObiriKEN14:55.77Q
36Nadia BattoclettiITA14:55.83Q
410Elise CrannyUSA14:56.14Q
52Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR14:56.82Q
611Nozomi TanakaJPN14:59.93
712Rachel SchneiderUSA15:00.07
816Rahel DanielERI15:02.59
917Amy-Eloise MarkovcGBR15:03.22
1014Eilish McColganGBR15:09.68
111Jenny BlundellAUS15:11.27
123Esther ChebetUGA15:11.47
1315Dominique Scott-EfurdRSA15:13.94
148Kate Van BuskirkCAN15:14.96
154Isobel Batt-DoyleAUS15:21.65
167Diane van EsNED15:47.01
175Marthe YankurijeRWA15:55.94
DNF18Klara LukanSLO
DQ9Francine NiyonsabaBDI1


Date2 August 2021 — 21:40
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
110Sifan HassanNED14:36.79
29Hellen ObiriKEN14:38.36
315Gudaf TsegayETH14:38.87
411Agnes TiropKEN14:39.62
513Ejgayehu TayeETH14:41.24
64Senbere TeferiETH14:45.11
76Nadia BattoclettiITA14:46.29
81Yasemin CanTUR14:46.49
914Ririka HironakaJPN14:52.84
1012Selam TeferiISR14:54.39
117Karissa SchweizerUSA14:55.80
122Lilian RengerukKEN14:55.85
135Elise CrannyUSA14:55.98
148Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR15:09.37
153Andrea SeccafienCAN15:12.09