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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 27, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004
Format: Final only.

Gold: CHN Xing Huina
Silver: ETH Ejegayehu Dibaba
Bronze: ETH Derartu Tulu

Summary

At the last two World Championships, Ethiopia had won five of the six medals. Their team was so talented that the 2003 World Champion, Berhane Adere, was not chosen for Athina. The only runner they feared was Britain's Paula Radcliffe, who in both 2002 and 2003 had set world marathon bests, bringing the record in 2003 to a Beamon-like 2-15:25. Radcliffe had run the marathon in Athina, but dropped out in that race, held five days earlier. Still hurting, she was not a factor in the 10K, although she led the early kilometres. She lost contact on the 15th lap and stopped on the 19th. That left the lead to the Ethiopian team of Ejegayehu Dibaba, 1992 and 2000 champion Derartu Tulu, and Werknesh Kidane, China's Xing Huina, and Kenya's Lornah Kiplagat. Xing was somewhat unheralded but had set a world junior record of 30:31.55 at the 2003 Worlds. This group stayed together until the last lap, when Dibaba took off, chased by Xing. Off the last turn, Xing pulled ahead for the gold medal, but it was Dibaba who celebrated. Dibaba did not realize that Xing was on the same lap, thinking she had been lapped. She raised her hands joyfully as she crossed the line, but it would only be for the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Xing Huina 20 China CHN Gold 30:24.36
2 Ejegayehu Dibaba 22 Ethiopia ETH Silver 30:24.98
3 Derartu Tulu 32 Ethiopia ETH Bronze 30:26.42
4 Werknesh Kidane 22 Ethiopia ETH 30:28.30
5 Lornah Kiplagat 30 Netherlands NED 30:31.92
6 Sun Yingjie 25 China CHN 30:54.37
7 Jeļena Čelnova-Prokopčuka 27 Latvia LAT 31:04.10
8 Lidiya Grigoryeva 30 Russia RUS 31:04.62
9 Lucy Kabuu 20 Kenya KEN 31:05.90
10 Helena Javornik 38 Slovenia SLO 31:06.63
11 Mihaela Botezan 27 Romania ROU 31:11.24
12 Kathy Butler 30 Great Britain GBR 31:41.13
13 Megumi Tanaka 28 Japan JPN 31:42.18
14 Marie McMahon-Davenport 29 Ireland IRL 31:50.49
15 Sabrina Mockenhaupt 23 Germany GER 32:00.85
16 Alice Timbilil 21 Kenya KEN 32:12.57
17 Sally Barsosio 26 Kenya KEN 32:14.00
18 Harumi Hiroyama 35 Japan JPN 32:15.12
19 Elva Dryer 32 United States USA 32:18.16
20 Anikó Kálovics 27 Hungary HUN 32:21.47
21 Kate O'Neill 24 United States USA 32:24.04
22 Galina Bogomolova 26 Russia RUS 32:25.10
23 Adriana Fernández 33 Mexico MEX 32:29.57
24 Benita Willis-Johnson 25 Australia AUS 32:32.01
25 Haley McGregor 25 Australia AUS 33:35.27
26 Kayoko Fukushi 22 Japan JPN 33:48.66
27 Natalia Cercheş 28 Moldova MDA 34:04.97
AC Souad Aït Salem 25 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Nataliya Berkut 29 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Paula Radcliffe 30 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Fernanda Ribeiro 35 Portugal POR DNF