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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004

Gold: ETH Meseret Defar
Silver: KEN Isabella Ochichi
Bronze: ETH Tirunesh Dibaba

Summary

The favorites were two Ethiopian women – Elvan Abeylegesse, the world record holder who was competing for Turkey, and the 2003 World Champion, Tirunesh Dibaba. The final started at a funereal pace, the first lap run in 81.4 seconds. Abeylegesse took the lead after 2,000 metres but held it only two laps, and then dropped back, never again a factor. The lead then went to Kenya’s Isabella Ochichi, and only Meseret Defar (ETH) was able to stay with her. Ochichi continued in the lead into the final lap, but Defar jumped her on the final turn and held on to win the gold medal. Dibaba had not been a factor for the gold but closed quickly to get the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Meseret Defar 20 Ethiopia ETH Gold
2 Isabella Ochichi 24 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Tirunesh Dibaba 18 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Yelena Zadorozhnaya 26 Russia RUS
5 Jo Pavey 30 Great Britain GBR
6 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina 26 Russia RUS
7 Irina Mikitenko 31 Germany GER
8 Sun Yingjie 25 China CHN
9 Xing Huina 20 China CHN
10 Sentayehu Ejigu 19 Ethiopia ETH
11 Margaret Maury 30 France FRA
12 Elvan Abeylegesse 21 Turkey TUR
13 Liliya Shobukhova 26 Russia RUS
14 Sonia O'Sullivan 34 Ireland IRL
AC Edith Masai 37 Kenya KEN
8 h1 r1/2 Émilie Mondor 23 Canada CAN
9 h1 r1/2 Marla Runyan 35 United States USA
9 h2 r1/2 Jane Wanjiku 25 Kenya KEN
10 h1 r1/2 Nuray Tezeta Sürekli 24 Turkey TUR
10 h2 r1/2 Kirsi Valasti 34 Finland FIN
11 h1 r1/2 Kim Smith 22 New Zealand NZL
11 h2 r1/2 Shalane Flanagan 23 United States USA
12 h1 r1/2 Dorcus Inzikuru 22 Uganda UGA
12 h2 r1/2 Maria Protopapa 31 Greece GRE
13 h1 r1/2 Shayne Culpepper 30 United States USA
13 h2 r1/2 Olga Kravtsova 23 Belarus BLR
14 h1 r1/2 Ebru Kavaklıoğlu 34 Turkey TUR
14 h2 r1/2 Restituta Joseph 33 Tanzania TAN
15 h1 r1/2 Maria McCambridge 29 Ireland IRL
15 h2 r1/2 Catherine Chikwakwa 19 Malawi MAW
16 h1 r1/2 Souad Aït Salem 25 Algeria ALG
16 h2 r1/2 Courtney Babcock 32 Canada CAN
17 h1 r1/2 Dulce María Rodríguez 31 Mexico MEX
17 h2 r1/2 Krisztina Papp 21 Hungary HUN
18 h1 r1/2 Zeinab Bakour 26 Syria SYR
18 h2 r1/2 Inês Monteiro 24 Portugal POR
19 h1 r1/2 Francine Niyonizigiye 15 Burundi BDI
19 h2 r1/2 Supriyati Sutono 32 Indonesia INA
20 h2 r1/2 Nebiat Habtemariam 25 Eritrea ERI
21 h2 r1/2 Inés Melchor 17 Peru PER
AC h1 r1/2 Elizabeth Zaragoza 35 El Salvador ESA