2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 10,000 metres
|Events at the
2011 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|
Kenya entered a strong team including the 2009 champion Linet Masai, the reigning 5000 metres world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, and Sally Kipyego – the fastest 10,000 m runner that year. The next strongest competitors were the Ethiopian women, which included the 2009 runner-up Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Defar. The United States was represented by 2007 World bronze medallist Kara Goucher and 2008 Olympic third placer Shalane Flanagan (who was the second fastest that year).
An American trio of Goucher, Flanagan and Jen Rhines set the pace in the initial stages of the competition. After around 3000 metres, the Kenyan and Ethiopian teams asserted themselves and it was only Flanagan and Shitaye Eshete who maintained the positions with them. The leading pack reached the halfway point in 15:47.04 minutes and the pace became increasingly quicker at this point – a fact which saw Tigist Kiros fall away from the pack. Flanagan and Eshete were the next to trail away, then Meseret Defar dropped out entirely with stomach pains, reducing the leading pack to the four Kenyans (Masai, Cheruiyot, Kipyego and Priscah Jepleting Cherono) and Meselech Melkamu. In the final lap, it was Cheruiyot and Kipyego who surged away into the lead. Cheruiyot held off her compatriot near the finish line to win the gold with a personal best of 30:48.98 minutes in what was only her third ever race over the distance. Kipyego took second, while Masai had a late run to take the bronze for a Kenyan sweep of the medals. Cherono was the fourth woman across the line and Meselech took fifth. Eshete ran a Bahraini record of 31:21.57 minutes for sixth.
Kenya became only the third country to have its athletes take positions one through four in an event (the other two being Ethiopia in the women's 5000 metres and the United States in the men's 200 metres, both at 2005 World Championships). The podium sweep was also unique in that it was the first time any nation had won all the medals on one day of the championships, as Kenyan women had taken all three medals in the women's marathon (the only other final of the first day).
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|World record||Junxia Wang (CHN)||29:31.78||Beijing, China||8 September 1993|
|Championship record||Berhane Adere (ETH)||30:04.18||Paris, France||23 August 2003|
|World Leading||Sally Kipyego (KEN)||30:38.35||Palo Alto, CA, United States||29 May 2011|
|African record||Meselech Melkamu (ETH)||29:53.80||Utrecht, Netherlands||14 June 2009|
|Asian record||Junxia Wang (CHN)||29:31.78||Beijing, China||8 September 1993|
|North, Central American and Caribbean record||Shalane Flanagan (USA)||30:22.22||Beijing, China||15 August 2008|
|South American record||Simone da Silva (BRA)||31:16.56||São Paulo, Brazil||3 August 2011|
|European record||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||29:56.34||Beijing, China||15 August 2008|
|Oceanian record||Kimberley Smith (NZL)||30:35.54||Palo Alto, CA, United States||4 May 2008|
|A time||B time|
|August 27, 2011||21:00||Final|
|KEY:||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||Q||Qualified||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
|4||Priscah Jepleting Cherono||Kenya||30:56.43||PB|
|7||Shalane Flanagan||United States||31:25.57|
|8||Ana Dulce Félix||Portugal||31:37.03|
|9||Jennifer Rhines||United States||31:47.59|
|13||Kara Goucher||United States||32:29.58|
- Johnson, Len (2011-08-22). Women's 10,000m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-24.
- Johnson, Len (2011-08-27). Women's 10,000m Final - Cheruiyot leads Kenyan 1-2-3-4 (!) finish. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-28.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2011-08-27). Cheruiyot wins 10,000m as Kenya dominate once more. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2011-08-28.
- 10,000 metres results at IAAF website