| Event type

10,000 metres, Women

Date27 July – 2 August 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants35 from 19 countries

Portugal’s Fernanda Ribeiro had won the 1994 European Championship and the 1995 World Championship in this event. The world record holder was China’s Wang Junxia, who had won the 5K earlier in the Games, and in 1993, had run 29:31.78 at the Chinese National Games. The mark destroyed the world record but raised many eyebrows concerning its legality and her chemical profile. However, she never tested positive in any doping control and was in Atlanta. The defending champion, Derartu Tulu, was also back. In the final, Ribeiro led at the halfway point, but a pack of 10 was together at that point. With two laps left, the medals were to be decided from among Ribeiro, Wang, Tulu, and Ethiopia’s Gete Wami. Wang took the lead with 600 metres remaining, and held it until the homestretch, as Wami and Tulu could not keep with them. Ribeiro appeared in trouble with 80 metres left when she darted by Wang on the inside and pulled away to win by one second.

13643Fernanda RibeiroPOR31:36.32 (3 h2)31:01.63 (1)GoldOR
23154Wang JunxiaCHN32:36.53 (7 h1)31:02.58 (2)Silver
33263Gete WamiETH32:20.92 (1 h1)31:06.65 (3)Bronze
43262Derartu TuluETH31:35.90 (1 h2)31:10.46 (4)
53489Masako ChibaJPN31:37.03 (4 h2)31:20.62 (5)
63517Tegla LoroupeKEN32:28.73 (4 h1)31:23.22 (6)
73493Yuko KawakamiJPN32:31.69 (5 h1)31:23.23 (7)
83660Iulia NegurăROU31:40.16 (5 h2)31:26.46 (8)
93251Julia VaqueroESP32:27.05 (3 h1)31:27.07 (9)
103510Sally BarsosioKEN31:36.00 (2 h2)31:53.38 (10)
113423Catherina McKiernanIRL32:32.10 (6 h1)32:00.38 (11)
123277Annemari SandellFIN31:40.42 (6 h2)32:14.66 (12)
133668Colleen de ReuckRSA32:39.19 (8 h1)32:14.69 (13)
143705Lyudmila PetrovaRUS31:58.84 (9 h2)32:25.89 (14)
153155Wang MingxiaCHN32:10.26 (10 h2)32:38.98 (15)
163498Hiromi SuzukiJPN31:54.89 (7 h2)32:43.39 (16)
173030Sue HobsonAUS32:25.13 (12 h2)32:47.71 (17)
183257Berhane AdereETH32:21.09 (2 h1)32:57.35 (18)
193161Yang SijuCHN32:22.77 (11 h2)33:15.29 (19)
8 h2 r1/23447Maria GuidaITA31:55.35 (8 h2)– (DNS)
9 h1 r1/23832Kate FonshellUSA32:48.05 (9 h1)
10 h1 r1/23612Nyla CarrollNZL32:50.64 (10 h1)
11 h1 r1/23459Silvia SommaggioITA32:59.40 (11 h1)
12 h1 r1/23686Klara KashapovaRUS33:28.34 (12 h1)
13 h1 r1/23381Kathrin WeßelGER33:31.67 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/23861Joan NesbitUSA32:33.48 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/23635Conceição FerreiraPOR33:40.76 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/23716Firaya SultanovaRUS32:40.91 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/23293Farida FatèsFRA34:38.49 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/23287Chantal DällenbachFRA33:22.35 (15 h2)
16 h2 r1/23756Daria NauerSUI33:56.95 (16 h2)
17 h2 r1/23815Olga Ávalos-AppellUSA34:12.54 (17 h2)
18 h2 r1/23065Justine NahimanaBDI35:58.51 (18 h2)
AC h1 r1/23043Kylie RiskAUS– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r1/23754Ursula JeitzinerSUI– (DNF h1)

Round One (27 July 1996)

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

Heat One (21:35)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Gete WamiETH32:20.92Q
23Berhane AdereETH32:21.09Q
37Julia VaqueroESP32:27.05Q
49Tegla LoroupeKEN32:28.73Q
516Yuko KawakamiJPN32:31.69Q
61Catherina McKiernanIRL32:32.10Q
72Wang JunxiaCHN32:36.53Q
817Colleen de ReuckRSA32:39.19Q
915Kate FonshellUSA32:48.05
106Nyla CarrollNZL32:50.64
1111Silvia SommaggioITA32:59.40
124Klara KashapovaRUS33:28.34
1310Kathrin WeßelGER33:31.67
145Conceição FerreiraPOR33:40.76
1513Farida FatèsFRA34:38.49
DNF14Ursula JeitzinerSUI
DNF12Kylie RiskAUS

Heat Two (22:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
113Derartu TuluETH31:35.90Q
211Sally BarsosioKEN31:36.00Q
32Fernanda RibeiroPOR31:36.32Q
417Masako ChibaJPN31:37.03Q
510Iulia NegurăROU31:40.16Q
69Annemari SandellFIN31:40.42Q
75Hiromi SuzukiJPN31:54.89Q
814Maria GuidaITA31:55.35Q
91Lyudmila PetrovaRUS31:58.84q
1016Wang MingxiaCHN32:10.26q
113Yang SijuCHN32:22.77q
124Sue HobsonAUS32:25.13q
136Joan NesbitUSA32:33.48
1418Firaya SultanovaRUS32:40.91
1515Chantal DällenbachFRA33:22.35
167Daria NauerSUI33:56.95
1712Olga Ávalos-AppellUSA34:12.54
188Justine NahimanaBDI35:58.51

Final (2 August 1996 — 21:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
118Fernanda RibeiroPOR31:01.63OR
220Wang JunxiaCHN31:02.58
32Gete WamiETH31:06.65
413Derartu TuluETH31:10.46
510Masako ChibaJPN31:20.62
65Tegla LoroupeKEN31:23.22
717Yuko KawakamiJPN31:23.23
814Iulia NegurăROU31:26.46
99Julia VaqueroESP31:27.07
1011Sally BarsosioKEN31:53.38
1112Catherina McKiernanIRL32:00.38
123Annemari SandellFIN32:14.66
134Colleen de ReuckRSA32:14.69
148Lyudmila PetrovaRUS32:25.89
156Wang MingxiaCHN32:38.98
1615Hiromi SuzukiJPN32:43.39
1716Sue HobsonAUS32:47.71
187Berhane AdereETH32:57.35
1919Yang SijuCHN33:15.29
DNS1Maria GuidaITA