Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 10,000 metres

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Women's 10000 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Women's 10,000m Victory Ceremony.jpg
Women's 10,000 metres victory ceremony
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3 August
Competitors 22 from 13 nations
Winning time 30:20.75
Gold medal    Ethiopia
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Kenya
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The women's 10,000 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at Olympic Stadium on 3 August.[1]

The race started off conservatively, led by the three Japanese runners, trailed by Britton who broke away to a 15-meter lead 800 metres into the race, though the peloton reeled that in. After the first 8 laps, the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners moved to the front as other runners dropped off the back, one by one. The field whittled itself down to just the three Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes, trailed by Eshete (Ethiopian born, running for Bahrain). Eshete would set the Bahrain national record in this race. With 7 laps to go, Chepkirui dropped out. In that same move Oljira and Eshete lost a step of contact and were separated from the field. Led by Kidane pushing the pace, it turned into a dual meet. With three laps to go, Kipyego edged into the lead with her move covered by the defending champion Dibaba. World champion Cheruiyot trailed but didn't look like she had the power to push ahead. In the turn with under 600 metres to go, Dibaba put the hammer down, passing Kipyego decisively and charging away. The last lap was a victory sprint for Dibaba with no challenger in sight.

Competition format[edit]

Only a final, without preliminary heats, was held.[2]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 21:25 Finals


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

World record  Junxia Wang (CHN) 29:31.78 Beijing, China 8 September 1993
Olympic record  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 29:54.66 Beijing, China 15 August 2008
2012 World leading  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 30:24.39 Eugene, OR, United States 1 June 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 30:20.75 London, United Kingdom 3 August 2012


  • Official Photofinish 3 August 2012.[3]
Women's 10,000 metres 2.jpg
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 30:20.75 WL, SB
2nd Sally Kipyego Kenya 30:26.37 PB
3rd Vivian Cheruiyot Kenya 30:30.44 PB
4 Werknesh Kidane Ethiopia 30:39.38 SB
5 Beleynesh Oljira Ethiopia 30:45.56
6 Shitaye Eshete Bahrain 30:47.25 NR
7 Joanne Pavey Great Britain 30:53.20 PB
8 Julia Bleasdale Great Britain 30:55.63 PB
9 Hitomi Niiya Japan 30:59.19 PB
10 Kayoko Fukushi Japan 31:10.35 SB
11 Amy Hastings United States 31:10.69 PB
12 Janet Cherobon-Bawcom United States 31:12.68 PB
13 Lisa Uhl United States 31:12.80 PB
14 Sara Moreira Portugal 31:16.44 PB
15 Fionnuala Britton Ireland 31:46.71
16 Mika Yoshikawa Japan 31:47.67
17 Sabrina Mockenhaupt Germany 31:50.35
18 Nadia Ejjafini Italy 31:57.03
19 Elizaveta Grechishnikova Russia 32:11.32
20 Olha Skrypak Ukraine 32:14.59
21 Eloise Wellings Australia 32:25.43
22 Joyce Chepkirui Kenya DNF


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Women's 10,000m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Final Results. Track & Field: Results & Schedules. Retrieved on 2012-08-3.