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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

Athletics at the 1996 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996

Gold: CHN Wang Junxia
Silver: KEN Pauline Konga
Bronze: ITA Roberta Brunet
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After three Olympics in which the women had run 3,000 metres as a shorter distance race, the event was moved up to 5,000 metres in 1996, putting them on a par with the men. The 1995 Worlds had been conducted at 5K, won by Sonia O'Sullivan, but the European Championship would not move up to 5,000 until 1998. O'Sullivan had also won the 1994 European 3K and was favored with Romania's Gabriela Szabo. Mary Decker-Slaney (USA) was back, still trying for an Olympic medal after her trauma in 1984 and failure in the 1988 final. But she would not get out of the heats. O'Sullivan did not run well in the Atlanta heat and dropped out of the final. Kenya's Pauline Konga took the lead at 1,000 and held it until two laps to go when Wang Junxia passed her in the decisive move. Wang held on to win the gold medal, Konga not really challenging her on the last lap, but Konga did get the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wang Junxia 33 China CHN Gold OR
2 Pauline Konga 26 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Roberta Brunet 31 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Michiko Shimizu 25 Japan JPN
5 Paula Radcliffe 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Yelena Romanova 33 Russia RUS
7 Elena Fidatov 35 Romania ROU
8 Rose Cheruiyot 19 Kenya KEN
9 Lynn Jennings 36 United States USA
10 Amy Rudolph 22 United States USA
11 Sara Wedlund 20 Sweden SWE
12 Ayelech Worku 17 Ethiopia ETH
13 Anne Hare 32 New Zealand NZL
14 Anita Weyermann 18 Switzerland SUI
AC Sonia O'Sullivan 26 Ireland IRL
5 h3 r1/2 Wei Li 24 China CHN
6 h2 r1/2 Claudia Lokar 32 Germany GER
6 h3 r1/2 Silvia Sommaggio 26 Italy ITA
7 h1 r1/2 Petra Wassiluk 26 Germany GER
7 h2 r1/2 Kathy Butler 22 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/2 Gabriela Szabo 20 Romania ROU
8 h1 r1/2 Yang Siju 23 China CHN
8 h2 r1/2 Merima Denboba 21 Ethiopia ETH
8 h3 r1/2 Cristina Petite 24 Spain ESP
9 h1 r1/2 Roseli Machado 27 Brazil BRA
9 h2 r1/2 Nina Christiansen 32 Denmark DEN
9 h3 r1/2 Zohra Ouaziz 26 Morocco MAR
10 h1 r1/2 Lydia Cheromei 19 Kenya KEN
10 h2 r1/2 Ana Dias 22 Portugal POR
10 h3 r1/2 Katy McCandless 26 Ireland IRL
11 h1 r1/2 Harumi Hiroyama 27 Japan JPN
11 h2 r1/2 Stela Olteanu 24 Romania ROU
11 h3 r1/2 Irina Mikitenko 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
12 h1 r1/2 Isabel Martínez 23 Spain ESP
12 h2 r1/2 Jeļena Čelnova-Prokopčuka 19 Latvia LAT
12 h3 r1/2 Yoshiko Ichikawa 20 Japan JPN
13 h1 r1/2 Luchia Yishak 23 Ethiopia ETH
13 h2 r1/2 Marie McMahon-Davenport 21 Ireland IRL
13 h3 r1/2 Sonia McGeorge 31 Great Britain GBR
14 h1 r1/2 Kate Anderson-Richardson 22 Australia AUS
14 h2 r1/2 Natalie Harvey 21 Australia AUS
14 h3 r1/2 Robyn Meagher 29 Canada CAN
15 h1 r1/2 Alison Wyeth 32 Great Britain GBR
15 h3 r1/2 Marta Portoblanco 25 Nicaragua NCA
16 h1 r1/2 Rachida Mahamane 14 Niger NIG
AC h2 r1/2 Mary Decker-Slaney 37 United States USA DQ