Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 10,000 metres
|Women's 10,000 metres|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Women's 10,000 metres victory ceremony
|Competitors||22 from 13 nations|
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.
Only a final, without preliminary heats, was held.
Prior to the competition[update], 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.
|7||Joanne Pavey||Great Britain||30:53.20||PB|
|8||Julia Bleasdale||Great Britain||30:55.63||PB|
|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|