2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 10,000 metres
|Events at the
2009 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The women's 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 15 August. The Ethiopian team was particularly strong in the event, with two-time World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba, 5000 metres World Champion Meseret Defar, and African record holder Meselech Melkamu all vying for first place. The 2007 silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse, Olympic bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan, and the World Cross Country Champion Florence Kiplagat were other athletes with strong medal possibilities.
The race featured a number of surprises and upsets, beginning with the withdrawal of the defending champion Dibaba due to a leg injury. With seven laps to go, the 2007 medallist Abeylegesse dropped out of the race and a quintet of runners (Linet Masai, Melkamu, Defar, Wude Ayalew and Grace Momanyi) broke away from the rest of the pack. As the runners approached the finish line, favourites Defar and Melkamu sprinted in front. However, neither could maintain their speed and Melkamu prematurely celebrated victory, only to see Masai take the gold medal with a tactically-timed run. Defar, completely exhausted, eventually finished in fifth as Ayalew and Momanyi took third and fourth, respectively.
Breaking a decade of Ethiopian dominance, nineteen-year-old Masai's gold medal was the first Kenyan victory in the event since the 1997 World Championships, and the country's first 10,000 m medal since 1999.
|World record||Wang Junxia (CHN)||29:31.78||Beijing, China||8 September 1993|
|Championship record||Berhane Adere (ETH)||30:04.18||Paris, France||23 August 2003|
|World Leading||Meselech Melkamu (ETH)||29:53.80||Utrecht, Netherlands||14 June 2009|
|African record||Meselech Melkamu (ETH)||29:53.80||Utrecht, Netherlands||14 June 2009|
|Asian record||Wang Junxia (CHN)||29:31.78||Beijing, China||8 September 1993|
|North American record||Shalane Flanagan (USA)||30:22.22||Beijing, China||15 August 2008|
|South American record||Carmen Oliveira (BRA)||31:47.76||Stuttgart, Germany||21 August 1993|
|European record||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||29:56.34||Beijing, China||15 August 2008|
|Oceanian record||Kimberley Smith (NZL)||30:35.54||Palo Alto, United States||4 May 2008|
|A time||B time|
|August 15, 2009||19:25||Final|
|6||Amy Yoder Begley||United States||31:13.78||PB|
|8||Kimberley Smith||New Zealand||31:21.42||SB|
|12||Florence Jebet Kiplagat||Kenya||31:30.85|
|13||Ana Dulce Félix||Portugal||31:30.90||PB|
|14||Shalane Flanagan||United States||31:32.19|
|17||Katie McGregor||United States||32:18.49|
Key: PB = Personal best, SB = Seasonal best
|7000m||Linet Chepkwemoi Masai||Kenya||22:04.20|
|8000m||Linet Chepkwemoi Masai||Kenya||25:00.18|
- Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Women's 10,000m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
- No title defence for injured Dibaba. Press Association (2009-08-15). Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
- Butcher, Pat (2009-08-15). Berlin 2009 - Day 1 WRAP - 15 Aug. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15. Archived 2009-09-08.
- Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-15). Event Report - Women's 10,000m - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15. Archived 2009-09-08.