Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 10,000 metres

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Women's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates27 August
Competitors31 from 20 nations
Winning time30:24.36
1st, gold medalist(s) Xing Huina  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ejagayehu Dibaba  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Derartu Tulu  Ethiopia
← 2000
2008 →

The women's 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 27.[1] No preliminary rounds were held at this distance, since the number of competitors allowed a direct final.[2]

Like Fernanda Ribeiro at the 2000 Summer Olympics, defending champion Derartu Tulu was not able to maintain her title, finishing in the third place behind compatriot (and cousin) Ejegayehu Dibaba and the winner Xing Huina.[3][4] In Athens, Ribeiro did not finish the race due to fatigue, along with British marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.[3] Throughout the race, Xing marked the Ethiopian favorites, not taking the lead until the home stretch with a final kick Dibabba could not match. Xing's final lap was just under 63 seconds.


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Wang Junxia (CHN) 29:31.78 Beijing, China 8 September 1993
Olympic record  Derartu Tulu (ETH) 30:17.49 Sydney, Australia 30 September 2000

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the women's 5000 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 31:45.00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 32:17.00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 27 August 2004 21:50 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Xing Huina  China 30:24.36 PB
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ejegayehu Dibaba  Ethiopia 30:24.98 PB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Derartu Tulu  Ethiopia 30:26.42 SB
4 Werknesh Kidane  Ethiopia 30:28.30
5 Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 30:31.92
6 Sun Yingjie  China 30:54.37 SB
7 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 31:04.10 NR
8 Lidiya Grigoryeva  Russia 31:04.62
9 Lucy Wangui  Kenya 31:05.90 PB
10 Helena Javornik  Slovenia 31:06.63 NR
11 Mihaela Botezan  Romania 31:11.24 NR
12 Kathy Butler  Great Britain 31:41.13
13 Megumi Oshima  Japan 31:42.18
14 Marie Davenport  Ireland 31:50.49
15 Sabrina Mockenhaupt  Germany 32:00.85
16 Alice Timbilil  Kenya 32:12.57
17 Sally Barsosio  Kenya 32:14.00
18 Harumi Hiroyama  Japan 32:15.12
19 Elva Dryer  United States 32:18.16
20 Anikó Kálovics  Hungary 32:21.47
21 Kate O'Neill  United States 32:24.04
22 Galina Bogomolova  Russia 32:25.10
23 Adriana Fernández  Mexico 32:29.57
24 Benita Johnson  Australia 32:32.01
25 Haley McGregor  Australia 33:35.27
26 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan 33:48.66
27 Natalia Cerches  Moldova 34:04.97
Souad Aït Salem  Algeria DNF
Natalya Berkut  Ukraine DNF
Paula Radcliffe  Great Britain DNF
Fernanda Ribeiro  Portugal DNF


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens: Women's 10,000 metres". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 10000m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "More agony for Radcliffe". BBC Sport. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Xing Huina wins Olympic women's 10,000m gold". Xinhua. China Daily. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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