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5,000 metres, Women

Date7 – 10 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants35 from 21 countries

This was expected to be a race between the Kenyan and Ethiopian women, and with those six runners placing 1-6, they did not disappoint. The pre-race favorites were 2004 gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot. But Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) had won the 5/10K double in Beijing, and had already repeated in the 10K in London and had to be watched closely.

As is common in Olympic distance finals, the pace was hideously slow, with the two African nation’s teams running together in a team tactic. At 3,200 metres, Dibaba picked up the pace, stringing out the field, and only Britain’s Julia Bleasdale would be able to hang on to the pace set by the African women. But she let go at 4,200 metres, as the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners set out to do battle. On the final lap, Dibaba still led, followed by Defar, Cheruiyot, and Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (KEN), silver medalist from the 10,000. But by the homestretch Dibaba was spent and faded, Defar coming on to win her second gold medal in the event, with Cheruiyot earning silver, and Dibaba nipping Kipyego for the bronze. The two teams alternated their runners, with Ethiopia placing 1-3-5, and Kenya 2-4-6. Bleasdale placed eighth, passed on the last lap by her teammate Jo Pavey.

11703Meseret DefarETH14:58.70 (2 h1)15:04.25 (1)Gold
22327Vivian CheruiyotKEN15:01.54 (2 h2)15:04.73 (2)Silver
31706Tirunesh DibabaETH14:58.48 (1 h1)15:05.15 (3)Bronze
42336Sally KipyegoKEN15:01.87 (3 h2)15:05.79 (4)
51702Gelete BurkaETH15:01.44 (1 h2)15:10.66 (5)
62333Viola KibiwottKEN14:59.31 (3 h1)15:11.59 (6)
71871Jo PaveyGBR15:02.84 (7 h2)15:12.72 (7)
81849Julia BleasdaleGBR15:02.00 (4 h2)15:14.55 (8)
92859Olga GolovkinaRUS15:05.26 (4 h1)15:17.88 (9)
101258Shitaye EsheteBRN15:05.48 (8 h2)15:19.13 (10)
113297Molly HuddleUSA15:02.26 (5 h2)15:20.29 (11)
121256Tejitu DabaBRN15:05.59 (6 h1)15:21.34 (12)
132881Yelena NagovitsynaRUS15:02.80 (6 h2)15:21.38 (13)
143281Julie CulleyUSA15:05.38 (5 h1)15:28.22 (14)
152159Elena RomagnoloITA15:06.38 (9 h2)15:35.69 (15)
7 h1 r1/22164Silvia WeissteinerITA15:06.81 (7 h1)
8 h1 r1/22250Kayoko FukushiJPN15:09.31 (8 h1)
9 h1 r1/21870Barbara ParkerGBR15:12.81 (9 h1)
10 h1 r1/22100Fionnuala BrittonIRL15:12.97 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/22257Hitomi NiiyaJPN15:10.20 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/21654Judit PlaESP15:20.39 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/21142Almensh BeleteBEL15:10.24 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/22602Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR15:24.86 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/23279Kim ConleyUSA15:14.48 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/23089Dudu KarakayaTUR15:28.32 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/22263Mika YoshikawaJPN15:16.77 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/21084Eloise WellingsAUS15:35.53 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/22151Nadia EjjafiniITA15:24.70 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/22510Sandra LópezMEX15:55.16 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/21315Sheila ReidCAN15:27.41 (15 h2)
16 h2 r1/23017Zakia MrishoTAN15:39.58 (16 h2)
17 h2 r1/21097Layeş AbdullayevaAZE15:45.69 (17 h2)
18 h2 r1/22761Roxana Elisabeta BîrcăROU16:01.04 (18 h2)
AC h1 r1/22475Nadia NoujaniMAR– (DNF h1)
DQ3168Liudmyla KovalenkoUKR[15:18.60] (DQ h1)1
DNS2729Sara MoreiraPOR– (DNS h1)

Round One (7 August 2012 — TO:DO)

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

Heat One (TO:DO)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
114Tirunesh DibabaETH14:58.48Q
210Meseret DefarETH14:58.70Q
33Viola KibiwottKEN14:59.31Q
46Olga GolovkinaRUS15:05.26Q
512Julie CulleyUSA15:05.38Q
68Tejitu DabaBRN15:05.59q
717Silvia WeissteinerITA15:06.81
82Kayoko FukushiJPN15:09.31
97Barbara ParkerGBR15:12.81
105Fionnuala BrittonIRL15:12.97
1115Judit PlaESP15:20.39
124Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR15:24.86
1318Dudu KarakayaTUR15:28.32
1411Eloise WellingsAUS15:35.53
151Sandra LópezMEX15:55.16
DNF9Nadia NoujaniMAR
DQ16Liudmyla KovalenkoUKR[15:18.60]2
DNS13Sara MoreiraPOR


1000 m3:01.05Kayoko Fukushi
2000 m6:04.17Kayoko Fukushi
3000 m9:08.13Kayoko Fukushi
4000 m12:11.62Kayoko Fukushi

Heat Two (TO:DO)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Gelete BurkaETH15:01.44Q
26Vivian CheruiyotKEN15:01.54Q
317Sally KipyegoKEN15:01.87Q
42Julia BleasdaleGBR15:02.00Q
54Molly HuddleUSA15:02.26Q
67Yelena NagovitsynaRUS15:02.80q
78Jo PaveyGBR15:02.84q
812Shitaye EsheteBRN15:05.48q
99Elena RomagnoloITA15:06.38q
103Hitomi NiiyaJPN15:10.20
1116Almensh BeleteBEL15:10.24
125Kim ConleyUSA15:14.48
1315Mika YoshikawaJPN15:16.77
1411Nadia EjjafiniITA15:24.70
1518Sheila ReidCAN15:27.41
1614Zakia MrishoTAN15:39.58
1713Layeş AbdullayevaAZE15:45.69
1810Roxana Elisabeta BîrcăROU16:01.04


1000 m3:02.06Hitomi Niiya
2000 m6:05.92Hitomi Niiya
3000 m9:11.41Molly Huddle
4000 m12:13.64Molly Huddle

Final (10 August 2012 — TO:DO)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Meseret DefarETH15:04.25
214Vivian CheruiyotKEN15:04.73
33Tirunesh DibabaETH15:05.15
48Sally KipyegoKEN15:05.79
513Gelete BurkaETH15:10.66
65Viola KibiwottKEN15:11.59
72Jo PaveyGBR15:12.72
89Julia BleasdaleGBR15:14.55
96Olga GolovkinaRUS15:17.88
1010Shitaye EsheteBRN15:19.13
117Molly HuddleUSA15:20.29
1211Tejitu DabaBRN15:21.34
134Yelena NagovitsynaRUS15:21.38
1415Julie CulleyUSA15:28.22
1512Elena RomagnoloITA15:35.69


1000 m3:07.58Jo Pavey
2000 m6:17.35Elena Romagnolo
3000 m9:27.75Jo Pavey
4000 m12:24.81Tirunesh Dibaba