Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres

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Women's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
2012 Olympics - Womens 5000m Dibaba leading.jpg
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 6–10 August
Competitors 36 from 22 nations
Winning time 15:04.25
1st, gold medalist(s) Meseret Defar  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
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The Women's 5000 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 8–11 August.[1]

From the start of the final Joanne Pavey took the lead, with Dibaba moving into the fourth position in the procession, ready to cover any moves. After about four laps Elena Romagnolo took up the front position for a few laps, to be replaced again with Pavey. At the 3K mark, Julia Bleasdale moved in behind her teammate, but in the next 200 metres, Dibaba decided it was time to take up the lead. The pace accelerated markedly, with the Ethiopian and Kenyan teams coming to the front and the others falling off the back. Viola Jelagat Kibiwot was the last to pay attention, sprinting along the outside to catch the group of leaders. Bleasdale was the last to stay with that group of six, who had achieved separation with 600 to go, Dibaba and Meseret Defar, led Kibiwot and Vivian Cheruiyot with the pace steadily increasing. With 200 to go, Cheruiyot moved into third, Kibiwot losing ground. Coming off the turn Defar moved onto Dibaba's shoulder, followed by Cheruiyot. Coming around the outside, Defar passed Dibaba, with Dibaba unable to change pace. 3 metres behind, Cheruiyot followed Defar to the line.

Competition format[edit]

The Women's 5000m competition consisted of heats (Round 1) and a Final.[2] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Final along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the eight spaces in the Final.[3]


Prior to the 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 Szabo (ROU) 14:40.79 Sydney, Australia 25 September 2000
2012 World leading  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:35.62 Rome, Italy 31 May 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 10:55 Round 1
Friday, 10 August 2012 20:05 Finals



Qual. rule: first 5 of each heat (Q) plus the 5 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 14:58.48 Q
2 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 14:58.70 Q
3 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot  Kenya 14:59.31 Q
4 Olga Golovkina  Russia 15:05.26 Q, PB
5 Julie Culley  United States 15:05.38 Q, PB
6 Tejitu Daba  Bahrain 15:05.59 q, PB
7 Silvia Weissteiner  Italy 15:06.81 SB
8 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan 15:09.31 SB
9 Barbara Parker  Great Britain 15:12.81 PB
10 Fionnuala Britton  Ireland 15:12.97 PB
11 Lyudmyla Kovalenko  Ukraine 15:18.60
12 Judith Plá  Spain 15:20.39 PB
13 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal  Norway 15:24.86 PB
14 Dudu Karakaya  Turkey 15:28.32
15 Eloise Wellings  Australia 15:35.53
16 Sandra López  Mexico 15:55.16
- Nadia Noujani  Morocco DNF
- Sara Moreira  Portugal DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 15:01.44 Q
2 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 15:01.54 Q
3 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego  Kenya 15:01.87 Q
4 Julia Bleasdale  Great Britain 15:02.00 Q, PB
5 Molly Huddle  United States 15:02.26 Q, SB
6 Yelena Nagovitsyna  Russia 15:02.80 q, PB
7 Joanne Pavey  Great Britain 15:02.84 q, SB
8 Shitaye Eshete  Bahrain 15:05.48 q, PB
9 Elena Romagnolo  Italy 15:06.38 q, PB
10 Hitomi Niiya  Japan 15:10.20 PB
11 Almensh Belete  Belgium 15:10.24 SB
12 Kim Conley  United States 15:14.48 PB
13 Mika Yoshikawa  Japan 15:16.77 PB
14 Nadia Ejjafini  Italy 15:24.70
15 Sheila Reid  Canada 15:27.41
16 Zakia Mrisho  Tanzania 15:39.58
17 Layes Abdullayeva  Azerbaijan 15:45.69
18 Roxana Elisabeta Birca  Romania 16:01.04

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
q - Qualified by performance (time)
PB - Personal Best
NR - National Record
SB - Seasonal Best
DQ - DisQualified
DNS - Did Not Start
DNF - Did Not Finish


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1st, gold medalist(s) Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 15:04.25
2nd, silver medalist(s) Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 15:04.73
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 15:05.15
4 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego  Kenya 15:05.79
5 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 15:10.66
6 Viola Kibiwot  Kenya 15:11.59
7 Joanne Pavey  Great Britain 15:12.72
8 Julia Bleasdale  Great Britain 15:14.55
9 Olga Golovkina  Russia 15:17.88
10 Shitaye Eshete  Bahrain 15:19.13
11 Molly Huddle  United States 15:20.29
12 Tejitu Daba  Bahrain 15:21.34
13 Yelena Nagovitsyna  Russia 15:21.38
14 Julie Culley  United States 15:28.22
15 Elena Romagnolo  Italy 15:35.69


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Women's 5000m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "5000m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "5000 Metres - W. Final". Retrieved 7 August 2012.