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5,000 metres, Women

Date19 – 22 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants31 from 19 countries

After winning the 10K a week before, Tirunesh Dibaba was looking to become the first woman to win the 5K/10K double at the Olympics. The early lead in the final was taken by Russian Gulnara Galkina, who had already won the steeplechase gold medal. She led thru the first kilometer when Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse (a native Ethiopian), silver medalist in the 10K, took over. But the pace was pedestrian, likely due to the high temperatures, and all the contenders were still in contention. Abeylegesse pushed the pace with two laps left, but did not drop Dibaba. Dibaba took the lead at the bell and was not challenged on the final lap, winning quite easily, to acheive the first female Olympic distance double. Abeylegesse held on for the silver medal, duplicating their 10K 1-2 finish. The winning time of 15:41.40 was the slowest ever for an Olympic or World Championship final.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

In March 2017 Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey was revealed to have a positive re-test from the 2007 World Championships for stanozolol, and was disqualified, losing her silver medal. She was given a two-year ban from the time of the 2007 Worlds, which negated her 2008 Olympic results. Ethiopian Meseret Defar was moved up to the silver medal, while Kenyan Sylvia Kibet received the bronze medal. Abeylegesse was also disqualified from the 10,000 metres, in which she also initially received a silver medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
11659Tirunesh DibabaETH15:09.89 (1 h1)15:41.40 (1)Gold
21665Meseret DefarETH14:56.32 (1 h2)15:44.12 (2)Silver
32280Sylvia KibetKEN15:10.37 (2 h1)15:44.96 (3)Bronze
42283Vivian CheruiyotKEN14:57.27 (2 h2)15:46.32 (4)
52831Liliya ShobukhovaRUS14:57.77 (3 h2)15:46.62 (5)
63046Alemitu BekeleTUR15:10.92 (3 h1)15:48.48 (6)
71656Meselech MelkamuETH15:11.21 (4 h1)15:49.03 (7)
83171Kara GoucherUSA15:00.98 (6 h2)15:49.39 (8)
93283Shalane FlanaganUSA14:59.69 (5 h2)15:50.80 (9)
102253Priscah CheronoKEN14:58.07 (4 h2)15:51.78 (10)
112783Gulnara GalkinaRUS15:11.46 (5 h1)15:56.97 (11)
121392Xue FeiCHN15:13.25 (8 h2)16:09.84 (12)
133221Jen RhinesUSA15:15.12 (6 h1)16:34.63 (13)
141292Megan MetcalfeCAN15:11.23 (7 h2)17:06.82 (14)
7 h1 r1/22200Yuriko KobayashiJPN15:15.87 (7 h1)
8 h1 r1/21573Simret SultanERI15:16.25 (8 h1)
9 h1 r1/21185Volha KrautsovaBLR15:21.85 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/22206Kayoko FukushiJPN15:20.46 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/22083Silvia WeissteinerITA15:23.45 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/22386Mariem Alaoui SelsouliMAR15:21.47 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/21399Zhang YingyingCHN15:23.81 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/22210Yukiko AkabaJPN15:38.30 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/22972Zakia MrishoTAN15:24.28 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/22008Krisztina PappHUN16:08.86 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/21587Dolores ChecaESP15:31.22 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/21111Francine NiyonizigiyeBDI17:08.44 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/22662Jéssica AugustoPOR16:05.71 (14 h1)
15 h1 r1/22415Lucia ChandamaleMAW16:44.09 (15 h1)
16 h1 r1/22909Celma BonfimSTP17:25.99 (16 h1)
AC h2 r1/22842Yelena ZadorozhnayaRUS– (AC h2)
AC3045Elvan AbeylegesseTUR14:58.79 (AC h2)15:42.74 (AC)DQ1
DNS1823Jo PaveyGBR– (DNS h2)

Round One (19 August 2008)

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

Heat One (19:35)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Tirunesh DibabaETH15:09.89Q
27Sylvia KibetKEN15:10.37Q
315Alemitu BekeleTUR15:10.92Q
45Meselech MelkamuETH15:11.21Q
53Gulnara GalkinaRUS15:11.46Q
68Jen RhinesUSA15:15.12Q
71Yuriko KobayashiJPN15:15.87
84Simret SultanERI15:16.25
92Volha KrautsovaBLR15:21.85
109Silvia WeissteinerITA15:23.45
116Zhang YingyingCHN15:23.81
1214Zakia MrishoTAN15:24.28
1313Dolores ChecaESP15:31.22
1416Jéssica AugustoPOR16:05.71
1512Lucia ChandamaleMAW16:44.09
1611Celma BonfimSTP17:25.99

Splits

1000 m3:04.85Silvia Weissteiner
2000 m6:10.02Dolores Checa
3000 m9:18.42Dolores Checa
4000 m12:23.46Gulnara Samitova-Galkina

Heat Two (20:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Meseret DefarETH14:56.32Q
24Vivian CheruiyotKEN14:57.27Q
39Liliya ShobukhovaRUS14:57.77Q
415Priscah CheronoKEN14:58.07Q
58Shalane FlanaganUSA14:59.69Q
614Kara GoucherUSA15:00.98q
71Megan MetcalfeCAN15:11.23q
810Xue FeiCHN15:13.25q
95Kayoko FukushiJPN15:20.46
1012Mariem Alaoui SelsouliMAR15:21.47
1116Yukiko AkabaJPN15:38.30
1213Krisztina PappHUN16:08.86
133Francine NiyonizigiyeBDI17:08.44
AC7Yelena ZadorozhnayaRUSDNF
AC2Elvan AbeylegesseTUR14:58.79DQ QU2
DNS11Jo PaveyGBR

Splits

1000 m2:58.70Kayoko Fukushi
2000 m6:01.92Yukiko Akaba
3000 m9:06.99Liliya Shobukhova
4000 m12:08.58Liliya Shobukhova

Final (22 August 2008 — 20:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Tirunesh DibabaETH15:41.40
213Meseret DefarETH15:44.12
38Sylvia KibetKEN15:44.96
42Vivian CheruiyotKEN15:46.32
55Liliya ShobukhovaRUS15:46.62
69Alemitu BekeleTUR15:48.48
74Meselech MelkamuETH15:49.03
814Kara GoucherUSA15:49.39
91Shalane FlanaganUSA15:50.80
1015Priscah CheronoKEN15:51.78
117Gulnara GalkinaRUS15:56.97
1210Xue FeiCHN16:09.84
1311Jen RhinesUSA16:34.63
1412Megan MetcalfeCAN17:06.82
AC3Elvan AbeylegesseTUR15:42.74DQ3

Splits

1000 m3:39.20Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
2000 m6:45.41Elvan Abeylegesse
3000 m9:58.13Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
4000 m13:04.77Tirunesh Dibaba