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

The women's 5000 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 19–22 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[2]

Women's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates19 August 2008 (heats)
22 August 2008 (final)
Competitors32 from 20 nations
Winning time15:41.40
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 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]

RecordsEdit

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.

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

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

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes[5][6]
  Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia 15:41.40
  Meseret Defar   Ethiopia 15:44.12
  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

SplitsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)