Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres

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Women's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 20–23 August
Competitors 41 from 28 nations
Winning time 14:45.65
Gold medal    Ethiopia
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Ethiopia
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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 5000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 20 and 23.

The final started out slowly and dismally, as none of the entrants wanted to take the lead. With the tightly packed field passing through the 400 metres, many runners started to fall behind and could not handle the pace set by early leaders Sun Yingjie and Xing Huina. Approaching to the halfway mark of the race, Turkey's world-record holder Elvan Abeylegesse surpassed the Chinese duo to charge into the lead and the pace began to accelerate quickly. Ethiopia's Meseret Defar and Kenya's Isabella Ochichi came immediately to the front of the pack, keeping an eye on the leader. With only three laps to go, Abeylegesse struggled to maintain her pace until she finally faded on the backstretch, leaving Defar and Ochichi to exchange the leading duties throughout the race and battle out for the gold. Moments after the bell, Ochichi continued to lead from the rest of the field, but Defar patiently passed her with only 200 metres to go, and then stormed away to her first Olympic title, finishing at 14:45.65. Ochichi had nothing left to respond with, but came through behind her to get the silver, while Defar's teammate Tirunesh Dibaba overhauled the weary Abeylegesse to hold on for the bronze.[1][2]


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

World record  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 14:24.68 Bergen, Norway 11 June 2004
Olympic record  Gabriela Szabó (ROM) 14:40.79 Sydney, Australia 25 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 15:08.70 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 15:20.45 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 20 August 2004 23:20 Round 1
Monday, 23 August 2004 22:00 Final


Round 1[edit]

Qualification rule: The first five finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next five fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.[3]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 15:00.66 Q
2 Sentayehu Ejigu Ethiopia 15:01.31 Q
3 Yelena Zadorozhnaya Russia 15:01.77 Q
4 Liliya Shobukhova Russia 15:01.86 Q
5 Edith Masai Kenya 15:01.92 Q
6 Irina Mikitenko Germany 15:02.16 q
7 Sun Yingjie China 15:03.00 q, SB
8 Émilie Mondor Canada 15:20.15
9 Marla Runyan United States 15:24.88
10 Tezeta Sürekli Turkey 15:26.64
11 Kimberley Smith New Zealand 15:31.80
12 Dorcus Inzikuru Uganda 15:38.59
13 Shayne Culpepper United States 15:40.02
14 Ebru Kavaklıoğlu Turkey 15:52.39
15 Maria McCambridge Ireland 15:57.42
16 Souad Aït Salem Algeria 16:02.10
17 Dulce María Rodríguez Mexico 16:08.07
18 Zainab Bakkour Syria 17:18.66
19 Francine Niyonizigiye Burundi 17:21.27
20 Elizabeth Zaragoza El Salvador DNF

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Meseret Defar Ethiopia 14:52.39 Q
2 Elvan Abeylegesse Turkey 14:54.80 Q
3 Joanne Pavey Great Britain 14:55.45 Q
4 Isabella Ochichi Kenya 14:55.69 Q
5 Xing Huina China 14:56.01 Q, PB
6 Margaret Maury France 14:56.79 q, PB
7 Sonia O'Sullivan Ireland 14:59.61 q
8 Gulnara Samitova Russia 15:05.78 q
9 Jane Wanjiku Kenya 15:14.57
10 Kirsi Valasti Finland 15:33.78
11 Shalane Flanagan United States 15:34.63
12 Maria Protopappa Greece 15:35.07
13 Volha Krautsova Belarus 15:44.01
14 Restituta Joseph Tanzania 15:45.11
15 Catherine Chikwakwa Malawi 15:46.17
16 Courtney Babcock Canada 15:47.35
17 Krisztina Papp Hungary 15:58.44
18 Inês Monteiro Portugal 16:03.75
19 Supriyati Sutono Indonesia 16:34.14 SB
20 Nebiat Habtemariam Eritrea 16:49.01
21 Inés Melchor Peru 17:08.07



Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st Meseret Defar Ethiopia 14:45.65
2nd Isabella Ochichi Kenya 14:48.19
3rd Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 14:51.83
4 Yelena Zadorozhnaya Russia 14:55.52
5 Joanne Pavey Great Britain 14:57.87
6 Gulnara Samitova Russia 15:02.30
7 Irina Mikitenko Germany 15:03.36
8 Sun Yingjie China 15:07.23
9 Xing Huina China 15:07.41
10 Sentayehu Ejigu Ethiopia 15:09.55
11 Margaret Maury France 15:09.77
12 Elvan Abeylegesse Turkey 15:12.64
13 Liliya Shobukhova Russia 15:15.64
14 Sonia O'Sullivan Ireland 16:20.90
15 Edith Masai Kenya DNF


  1. ^ "Defar stuns 5,000m field". BBC Sport. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Patient Defar grabs 5,000m gold". EuroSport. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 5000m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 5000m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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