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

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]

Women's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Women's 10,000m Victory Ceremony.jpg
Women's 10,000 metres victory ceremony
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date3 August
Competitors22 from 13 nations
Winning time30:20.75
1st, gold medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sally Kipyego  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya
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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 formatEdit

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]
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia 30:20.75 WL
  Sally Kipyego   Kenya 30:26.37 PB
  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
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.