Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres

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Women's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 19 August 2008 (heats)
22 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 32 from 20 nations
Winning time 15:41.40
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Meseret Defar[1]  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sylvia Kibet  Kenya
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The women's 5000 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 19–22 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[2]

The qualifying standards were 15:09.00 (A standard) and 15:24.00 (B standard).[3]

While strategically this was different, the results were much the same as the 10000 final a week earlier. Elvan Abeylegesse kept took the lead earlier but field did not dissipate behind her, instead Ethiopians, Kenyans and newly crowned steeplechase world record holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina engulfing each attempt to pull away. Going into the last lap, it was the three Ethiopians and former Ethiopian Abeylegesse at the front, with the Kenyan team and Russian Liliya Shobukhova already trying to catch back up. Tirunesh Dibaba jumped into the lead with the expected chase coming from Meseret Defar, in one of the few head to head battles between these two stars. But Abeylegesse hadn't read the script and refused to get out of the picture. Through the final turn she caught Defar and swung wide into lane 2 as if to speed past Dibaba. She was able to match Dibaba's speed down the final straight but couldn't make up the ground she had lost, Dibaba taking her second gold, Defar holding off the rest of the field to take bronze.

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.[4]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:11.15 Oslo, Norway 6 June 2008
Olympic record  Gabriela Szabó (ROU) 14:40.79 Sydney, Australia 25 September 2000

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qualification: First 6 in each heat(Q) and the next 3 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 14:56.32 Q
2 2 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 14:57.27 Q, SB
3 2 Liliya Shobukhova  Russia 14:57.77 Q
4 2 Priscah Jepleting Cherono  Kenya 14:58.07 Q
5 2 Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 14:58.79 Q, SB
6 2 Shalane Flanagan  United States 14:59.69 Q, SB
7 2 Kara Goucher  United States 15:00.98 q, SB
8 1 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 15:09.89 Q
9 1 Sylvia Kibet  Kenya 15:10.37 Q
10 1 Alemitu Bekele  Turkey 15:10.92 Q
11 1 Meselech Melkamu  Ethiopia 15:11.21 Q
12 2 Megan Metcalfe  Canada 15:11.23 q, PB
13 1 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina  Russia 15:11.46 Q
14 2 Xue Fei  China 15:13.25 q, SB
15 1 Jennifer Rhines  United States 15:15.12 Q
16 1 Yuriko Kobayashi  Japan 15:15.87
17 1 Simret Sultan  Eritrea 15:16.25 NR
18 2 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan 15:20.46
19 2 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli  Morocco 15:21.47
20 1 Volha Krautsova  Belarus 15:21.85 SB
21 1 Silvia Weissteiner  Italy 15:23.45
22 1 Zhang Yingying  China 15:23.81 SB
23 1 Zakia Mrisho Mohamed  Tanzania 15:24.28
24 1 Dolores Checa  Spain 15:31.22
25 2 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 15:38.30
26 1 Jessica Augusto  Portugal 16:05.71
27 2 Krisztina Papp  Hungary 16:08.86
28 1 Lucia Chandamale  Malawi 16:44.09
29 2 Francine Niyonizigiye  Burundi 17:08.44
30 1 Celma Bonfim da Graça  São Tomé and Príncipe 17:25.99 NR
2 Yelena Zadorozhnaya  Russia DNF
2 Joanne Pavey  Great Britain DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes[5][6]
1st, gold medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 15:41.40
2nd, silver medalist(s) Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 15:44.12
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sylvia Kibet  Kenya 15:44.96
4 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 15:46.32
5 Liliya Shobukhova  Russia 15:46.62
6 Alemitu Bekele  Turkey 15:48.48
7 Meselech Melkamu  Ethiopia 15:49.03
8 Kara Goucher  United States 15:49.39
9 Shalane Flanagan  United States 15:50.80
10 Priscah Jepleting Cherono  Kenya 15:51.78
11 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina  Russia 15:56.97
12 Xue Fei  China 16:09.84
13 Jennifer Rhines  United States 16:34.63
14 Megan Metcalfe  Canada 17:06.82
DSQ Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 15:42.74

Splits[edit]

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
1000m Gulnara Samitova-Galkina  Russia 3:39.20
2000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 6:45.41
3000m Gulnara Samitova-Galkina  Russia 9:58.13
4000m Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 13:04.77

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mallon, Bill (26 Sep 2017). "2008-12 OLYMPIC DOPING RE-TEST – AN UPDATE-UPDATE". Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  4. ^ IAAF March 2017 Newsletter
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-23.