Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 10,000 metres

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Women's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 15 August
Competitors 29 from 18 nations
Winning time 29:54.66 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Shalane Flanagan  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Linet Chepkwemoi Masai  Kenya
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The women's 10,000 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 15 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1] The race was won by Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, who set a new Olympic record time of 29:54.66.[2]

The qualifying standards were 31:45.00 (A standard) and 32:20.00 (B standard).[3]

The early part of the race was dominated by Lornah Kiplagat. But in the second half of the race, the contenders moved to the front, dominated by Elvan Abeylegesse, with the string of runners lined up behind her. Abeylegesse separated herself from the rest of the field, except for Tirunesh Dibaba, who marked her every step. Midway through the last lap, Dibaba pounced with a kick Abeylegesse couldn't answer. Almost a half a minute back, Shalane Flanagan was the best of the rest for bronze, with Linet Chepkwemoi Masai setting the World junior record a few steps behind her.

At the time Dibaba and Abeylegesse ran the second and third fastest of all time (the best having occurred also in Beijing, Junxia Wang's world record in 1993). A year after this race, Meselech Melkamu edged past these two for the second best of all time.[4]

On 29 March 2017, IAAF confirmed that Abeylegesse had tested positive for a banned substance at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, and that her results from 2007 to 2009, including her Olympic silvers, had been expunged.[5]

Records[edit]

Prior to this 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

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time OR WR
15 August Final Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR

Both Tirunesh Dibaba and Elvan Abeylegesse completed the race in a time under the old Olympic record, recording the second and third fastest ever women's 10,000 metre times, making Dibaba the new Olympic record holder.

Results[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR, AR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Shalane Flanagan  United States 30:22.22 AR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Linet Chepkwemoi Masai  Kenya 30:26.50 WJR, NR
4 Mariya Konovalova  Russia 30:35.84 PB
5 Lucy Kabuu Wangui  Kenya 30:39.96 PB
6 Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 30:40.27 SB
7 Kimberley Smith  New Zealand 30:51.00
8 Kara Goucher  United States 30:55.16 PB
9 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan 31:01.14 SB
10 Joanne Pavey  Great Britain 31:12.30 PB
11 Sabrina Mockenhaupt  Germany 31:14.21 PB
12 Ejegayehu Dibaba  Ethiopia 31:22.18
13 Hilda Kibet  Netherlands 31:29.69
14 Zhang Yingying  China 31:31.12 SB
15 Yoko Shibui  Japan 31:31:13
16 Penninah Arusei  Kenya 31:39.87
17 Tatyana Khmeleva-Aryasova  Russia 31:45.57
18 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 32:00.37
19 Bai Xue  China 32:20.27
20 Anikó Kálovics  Hungary 32:24.83
21 Kate Reed  Great Britain 32:26.69
22 Nathalie De Vos  Belgium 32:33.45 SB
23 Preeja Sreedharan  India 32:34.64
24 Amy Yoder Begley  United States 32:38.28
25 Dulce María Rodríguez  Mexico 32:58.04
26 Dong Xiaoqin  China 33:03.14
27 Isabel Checa  Spain 33:17.88
Mestawet Tufa  Ethiopia DNF
Asmae Leghzaoui  Morocco DNF
Nataliya Berkut  Ukraine DNS
Inga Abitova  Russia DSQ Doping Violation[6]
DSQ Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 29:56.34 Doping Violation

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place

Splits[edit]

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
1000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 3:00.46
2000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 6:00.15
3000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 9:03.83
4000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 12:06.60
5000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 15:09.98
6000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 18:12.85
7000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 21:14.46
8000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 24:09.40
9000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 27:06.02

References[edit]