| Event type

10,000 metres, Women

Date 7 August 2021 — 19:45
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants29 from 18 countries
FormatFinal only.

The favorite was the 2019 World Champion, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, but by the day of the race (7 August) she had already won the 5,000 metres on 2 August, and won a bronze medal in the 1,500 the day before the 10K. She was expected to be challenged by Kenya’s Hellen Obiri who had trailed Hassan for silver in the 5K, and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who was the world record holder.

The 10K was a final only event, as it had been since 2004 at the Olympics. As in the 5K Japan’s Ririka Hironaka took the field through the early laps, leading for two kilometres at a dawdling pace before Gidey went to the lead at 3,000 metres, realizing she had to do something to blunt Hassan’s kick.

By five kilometres only seven runners remained in medal contention, and Gidey took the field to 6,000, as only she, Hassan, Obiri, and Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne remained together. Gidey kept the pace fast and Obiri would soon drop back. Over the final kilometre Gidey slowed slightly, unable to maintain the quick tempo that had been unable to drop Hassan. She still led over the last lap until Hassan turned on the burners off the last turn and Gidey could not answer. She would drop back to the bronze medal position, while Gazahegne challenged on the final straight, but Hassan was never in danger and won the gold medal.

For Sifan Hassan this completed a remarkable distance triple – gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 and a bronze medal in the 1,500. No woman had ever even run all three races before at a single Olympics, and it had only been done five times by men, with the best performance by Kenyan distance pioneer Kip Keino at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where he won 1,500 gold and 5K silver.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
12993Sifan HassanNED29:55.32Gold
21346Kalkidan GezahegneBRN29:56.18Silver
31845Letesenbet GideyETH30:01.72Bronze
42763Hellen ObiriKEN30:24.27
51163Francine NiyonsabaBDI30:41.93
62754Irine CheptaiKEN30:44.00
72665Ririka HironakaJPN31:00.71
82113Konstanze KlosterhalfenGER31:01.97
92013Eilish McColganGBR31:04.46
103892Emily SissonUSA31:09.58
113658Yasemin CanTUR31:10.05
123890Karissa SchweizerUSA31:19.96
133872Alicia MonsonUSA31:21.36
141409Andrea SeccafienCAN31:36.36
151744Dolshi TesfuERI31:37.98
162751Sheila ChelangatKEN31:48.23
172008Jess JuddGBR31:56.80
183549Meraf BahtaSWE32:10.49
193098Camille BuscombNZL32:10.49
203384Dominique ScottRSA32:14.05
212675Hitomi NiiyaJPN32:23.87
222661Yuka AndoJPN32:40.77
232365Selamawit BayoulgnISR32:46.46
243700Mercyline ChelangatUGA33:10.90
AC1843Tsigie GebreselamaETHDNF
AC3073Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNORDNF
AC2996Susan KuijkenNEDDNF
AC3552Sarah LahtiSWEDNF
AC1844Tsehay GemechuETHDQ