Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres
|Women's 5000 metres|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Stadium|
|Competitors||41 from 28 nations|
The final started out slowly and dismally, as none of the entrants wanted to take the lead. With the tightly packed field passing through the 400 metres, many runners started to fall behind and could not handle the pace set by early leaders Sun Yingjie and Xing Huina. Approaching to the halfway mark of the race, Turkey's world-record holder Elvan Abeylegesse surpassed the Chinese duo to charge into the lead and the pace began to accelerate quickly. Ethiopia's Meseret Defar and Kenya's Isabella Ochichi came immediately to the front of the pack, keeping an eye on the leader. With only three laps to go, Abeylegesse struggled to maintain her pace until she finally faded on the backstretch, leaving Defar and Ochichi to exchange the leading duties throughout the race and battle out for the gold. Moments after the bell, Ochichi continued to lead from the rest of the field, but Defar patiently passed her with only 200 metres to go, and then stormed away to her first Olympic title, finishing at 14:45.65. Ochichi had nothing left to respond with, but came through behind her to get the silver, while Defar's teammate Tirunesh Dibaba overhauled the weary Abeylegesse to hold on for the bronze.
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||14:24.68||Bergen, Norway||11 June 2004|
|Olympic record||Gabriela Szabó (ROM)||14:40.79||Sydney, Australia||25 September 2000|
No new records were set during the competition.
The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the women's 5000 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 15:08.70 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 15:20.45 or faster could be entered.
All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
|Friday, 20 August 2004||23:20||Round 1|
|Monday, 23 August 2004||22:00||Final|
Qualification rule: The first five finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next five fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.
|7||Sun Yingjie||China||15:03.00||q, SB|
|9||Marla Runyan||United States||15:24.88|
|11||Kim Smith||New Zealand||15:31.80|
|13||Shayne Culpepper||United States||15:40.02|
|16||Souad Aït Salem||Algeria||16:02.10|
|17||Dulce María Rodríguez||Mexico||16:08.07|
|Elizabeth Zaragoza||El Salvador||DNF|
|3||Joanne Pavey||Great Britain||14:55.45||Q|
|5||Xing Huina||China||14:56.01||Q, PB|
|6||Margaret Maury||France||14:56.79||q, PB|
|11||Shalane Flanagan||United States||15:34.63|
|5||Joanne Pavey||Great Britain||14:57.87|
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