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 XXIX Olympiad
Gold medal    China
Silver medal    Ethiopia
Bronze medal    Ethiopia
«2000 2008»
Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

The women's 10,000 metres was one of 23 track events of the athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens. It was contested at the Athens Olympic Stadium, on August 27, by a total of 31 athletes from 20 nations. No preliminary rounds were held at this distance, since the number of competitors allowed a direct final.

Like Fernanda Ribeiro in 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. In Athens, Ribeiro did not finish the race due to fatigue, along with British marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe. Throughout the race, Xing marked the Ethiopian favorites, not taking the lead until the final straightaway with a final kick Dibabba could not match. Xing's final lap was just under 63 seconds.


The Olympic qualification period for the athletics ran from January 1, 2003 to August 9, 2004. For this event, each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was permitted to enter up to three athletes, provided they had run below 31:45.00 minutes during this period in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments. If a NOC had no athletes qualified under this standard, it could enter up to one athlete that had run below 32:17.00 minutes.


These are the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.

World Record 29:31.78 China Wang Junxia Beijing (CHN) 8 September 1993
Olympic Record 30:17.49 Ethiopia Derartu Tulu Sydney (AUS) 30 September 2000


All times shown are in minutes. The following abbreviations are used:

  • DNF denotes "did not finish"
  • NR denotes "national record"
  • PB denotes "personal best"
  • SB denotes "season best"

The final was held on August 27.

Rank Athlete Time
Gold medal icon.svg  Xing Huina (CHN) 30:24.36 PB
Silver medal icon.svg  Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH) 30:24.98 PB
Bronze medal icon.svg  Derartu Tulu (ETH) 30:26.42 SB
4  Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 30:28.30
5  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 30:31.92
6  Sun Yingjie (CHN) 30:54.37 SB
7  Jeļena Prokopčuka (LAT) 31:04.10 NR
8  Lidiya Grigoryeva (RUS) 31:04.62
9  Lucy Wangui (KEN) 31:05.90 PB
10  Helena Javornik (SLO) 31:06.63 NR
11  Mihaela Botezan (ROU) 31:11.24 NR
12  Kathy Butler (GBR) 31:41.13
13  Megumi Oshima (JPN) 31:42.18
14  Marie Davenport (IRL) 31:50.49
15  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 32:00.85
16  Alice Timbilil (KEN) 32:12.57
17  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 32:14.00
18  Harumi Hiroyama (JPN) 32:15.12
19  Elva Dryer (USA) 32:18.16
20  Anikó Kálovics (HUN) 32:21.47
21  Kate O'Neill (USA) 32:24.04
22  Galina Bogomolova (RUS) 32:25.10
23  Adriana Fernández (MEX) 32:29.57
24  Benita Johnson (AUS) 32:32.01
25  Haley McGregor (AUS) 33:35.27
26  Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 33:48.66
27  Natalia Cherches (MDA) 34:04.97
 Souad Aït Salem (ALG) DNF
 Natalya Berkut (UKR) DNF
 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) DNF
 Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) DNF