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5,000 metres, Women

Date16 – 19 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants33 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 14:40.79 / Gabriela Szabo ROU / 25 September 2000

Earlier in the week, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana had destroyed the world record in the 10,000 metres and entered this event considered the prohibitive favorite. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who had taken silver in the 10K, albeit 15 seconds behind Ayana. Cheruiyot and her teammate Hellen Obiri planned a team race to take on Ayana in the final.

In heat two, American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin tangled on the eighth lap backstretch, both falling to the track. D’Agostino, who had never before met Hamblin, turned around and went back to help her up, and they then continued running, more like hobbling, to the finish. Both were advanced to the final, although D’Agostino could not run, having torn her ACL in the fall. The video of the sportsmanship went viral on social media.

In the final Japan’s Miyuki Uehara took the early lead, but Ayana went to the front after four laps and then threw in a 65.8 lap at 2K, trying to break the field. She opened up three metres but Cheruiyot and Obiri slowly pulled her back in. Cheruiyot covered laps 11 and 12 in 65.2 and 64.7, distancing Ayana, who was also passed by Obiri. Cheruiyot won the gold by about 3½ seconds over Obiri, with Ayana almost 4 seconds back for the bronze.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1946Vivian CheruiyotKEN15:17.74 (3 h2)14:26.17 (1)Gold
2954Hellen ObiriKEN15:19.38 (1 h1)14:29.77 (2)Silver
3641Almaz AyanaETH15:04.35 (1 h2)14:33.59 (3)Bronze
4945Mercy CheronoKEN15:19.56 (3 h1)14:42.89 (4)
5649Senbere TeferiETH15:17.43 (2 h2)14:43.75 (5)
61257Yasemin CanTUR15:19.50 (2 h1)14:56.96 (6)
71068Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR15:17.83 (4 h2)14:57.53 (7)
81036Susan KuijkenNED15:19.96 (5 h1)15:00.69 (8)
9344Eloise WellingsAUS15:19.02 (6 h2)15:01.59 (9)
10325Madeline HillsAUS15:21.33 (6 h1)15:04.05 (10)
111348Shelby HoulihanUSA15:19.76 (4 h1)15:08.89 (11)
12329Genevieve LaCazeAUS15:20.45 (7 h2)15:10.35 (12)
13709Eilish McColganGBR15:18.20 (5 h2)15:12.09 (13)
14653Ababel YeshanehETH15:24.38 (8 h1)15:18.26 (14)
15924Miyuki UeharaJPN15:23.41 (7 h1)15:34.97 (15)
16351Jennifer WenthAUT16:07.02 (14 h2)15:56.11 (16)
171075Nikki HamblinNZL16:43.61 (15 h2)16:14.24 (17)
DNS r2/21335Abbey D'AgostinoUSA17:10.02 (16 h2)– (DNS)
8 h2 r1/2725Stephanie TwellGBR15:25.90 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/21269Juliet ChekwelUGA15:29.07 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2918Misaki OnishiJPN15:29.17 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/2729Laura WhittleGBR15:31.30 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2445Mimi BeleteBRN15:29.72 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/2374Louise CartonBEL15:34.39 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2490Andrea SeccafienCAN15:30.32 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/21332Kim ConleyUSA15:36.00 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2920Ayuko SuzukiJPN15:41.81 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/2488Jessica O'ConnellCAN15:51.18 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/21271Stella ChesangUGA15:49.80 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/21077Lucy OliverNZL15:53.77 (14 h1)
15 h1 r1/21189Sharon FirisuaSOL18:01.62 (15 h1)
16 h1 r1/2543Béatrice Alice KamuchangaCOD19:29.47 (16 h1)
AC h2 r1/2505Bibiro Ali TaherCHA– (AC h2)
DNS442Dalila Abdulkadir GosaBRN– (DNS h1)

Round One (16 August 2016)

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

Heat One (9:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
1954Hellen ObiriKEN15:19.38Q
21257Yasemin CanTUR15:19.50Q
3945Mercy CheronoKEN15:19.56Q
41348Shelby HoulihanUSA15:19.76Q
51036Susan KuijkenNED15:19.96Q
6325Madeline HillsAUS15:21.33q
7924Miyuki UeharaJPN15:23.41q
8653Ababel YeshanehETH15:24.38q
91269Juliet ChekwelUGA15:29.07
10729Laura WhittleGBR15:31.30
11374Louise CartonBEL15:34.39
121332Kim ConleyUSA15:36.00
13488Jessica O'ConnellCAN15:51.18
141077Lucy OliverNZL15:53.77
151189Sharon FirisuaSOL18:01.62
16543Béatrice Alice KamuchangaCOD19:29.47
DNS442Dalila Abdulkadir GosaBRN

Splits

1000 m2:59.96Miyuki Uehara
2000 m6:07.56Miyuki Uehara
3000 m9:18.75Miyuki Uehara
4000 m12:24.35Yasemin Can

Heat Two (9:55)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
1641Almaz AyanaETH15:04.35Q
2649Senbere TeferiETH15:17.43Q
3946Vivian CheruiyotKEN15:17.74Q
41068Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR15:17.83Q
5709Eilish McColganGBR15:18.20Q
6344Eloise WellingsAUS15:19.02q
7329Genevieve LaCazeAUS15:20.45q
8725Stephanie TwellGBR15:25.90
9918Misaki OnishiJPN15:29.17
10445Mimi BeleteBRN15:29.72
11490Andrea SeccafienCAN15:30.32
12920Ayuko SuzukiJPN15:41.81
131271Stella ChesangUGA15:49.80
14351Jennifer WenthAUT16:07.02q
151075Nikki HamblinNZL16:43.61q
161335Abbey D'AgostinoUSA17:10.02q
AC505Bibiro Ali TaherCHADNF

Splits

1000 m3:07.59Ayuko Suzuki
2000 m6:13.32Almaz Ayana
3000 m9:06.62Almaz Ayana
4000 m12:06.86Almaz Ayana

Final (19 August 2016 — 21:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
1946Vivian CheruiyotKEN14:26.17OR
2954Hellen ObiriKEN14:29.77
3641Almaz AyanaETH14:33.59
4945Mercy CheronoKEN14:42.89
5649Senbere TeferiETH14:43.75
61257Yasemin CanTUR14:56.96
71068Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR14:57.53
81036Susan KuijkenNED15:00.69
9344Eloise WellingsAUS15:01.59
10325Madeline HillsAUS15:04.05
111348Shelby HoulihanUSA15:08.89
12329Genevieve LaCazeAUS15:10.35
13709Eilish McColganGBR15:12.09
14653Ababel YeshanehETH15:18.26
15924Miyuki UeharaJPN15:34.97
16351Jennifer WenthAUT15:56.11
171075Nikki HamblinNZL16:14.24
DNS1335Abbey D'AgostinoUSA

Splits

1000 m2:59.86Miyuki Uehara
2000 m6:00.36Almaz Ayana
3000 m8:47.80Almaz Ayana
4000 m11:39.75Almaz Ayana