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

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]

Women's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates15 August
Competitors29 from 18 nations
Winning time29:54.66 OR
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 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]



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.


Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
  Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR, AR
  Shalane Flanagan   United States 30:22.22 AR
  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
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)
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


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


  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 - Results 08-15-2008 - 10 000 Metres W Final". IAAF. 2008-08-15. Archived from the original on 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  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.
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  5. ^ IAAF March 2017 Newsletter
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