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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 27, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996

Gold: POR Fernanda Ribeiro
Silver: CHN Wang Junxia
Bronze: ETH Gete Wami


Portugal's [Fernanda Ribeiro] had won the 1994 European Championship and the 1995 World Championship in this event. The world record holder was China's [Wang Junxia], who had won the 5K earlier in the Games, and in 1993, had run 29:31.78 at the Chinese National Games. The mark destroyed the world record but raised many eyebrows concerning its legality and her chemical profile. However, she never tested positive in any doping control and was in Atlanta. The defending champion, [Derartu Tulu], was also back. In the final, Ribeiro led at the halfway point, but a pack of 10 was together at that point. With two laps left, the medals were to be decided from among Ribeiro, Wang, Tulu, and Ethiopia's [Gete Wami]. Wang took the lead with 600 metres remaining, and held it until the homestretch, as Wami and Tulu could not keep with them. Ribeiro appeared in trouble with 80 metres left when she darted by Wang on the inside and pulled away to win by one second.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fernanda Ribeiro 27 Portugal POR Gold OR
2 Wang Junxia 33 China CHN Silver
3 Gete Wami 21 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Derartu Tulu 24 Ethiopia ETH
5 Masako Chiba 20 Japan JPN
6 Tegla Loroupe 25 Kenya KEN
7 Yuko Kawakami 20 Japan JPN
8 Iulia Negură 29 Romania ROU
9 Julia Vaquero 25 Spain ESP
10 Sally Barsosio 18 Kenya KEN
11 Catherina McKiernan 26 Ireland IRL
12 Annemari Sandell 19 Finland FIN
13 Colleen de Reuck 32 South Africa RSA
14 Lyudmila Petrova 27 Russia RUS
15 Wang Mingxia 24 China CHN
16 Hiromi Suzuki 27 Japan JPN
17 Sue Hobson 38 Australia AUS
18 Berhane Adere 22 Ethiopia ETH
19 Yang Siju 23 China CHN
8 h2 r1/2 Maria Guida 30 Italy ITA
9 h1 r1/2 Kate Fonshell 26 United States USA
10 h1 r1/2 Nyla Carroll 30 New Zealand NZL
11 h1 r1/2 Silvia Sommaggio 26 Italy ITA
12 h1 r1/2 Klara Kashapova 26 Russia RUS
13 h1 r1/2 Kathrin Ullrich-Weßel 28 Germany GER
13 h2 r1/2 Joan Nesbit 34 United States USA
14 h1 r1/2 Conceição Ferreira 34 Portugal POR
14 h2 r1/2 Firaya Sultanova 35 Russia RUS
15 h1 r1/2 Farida Fatès 34 France FRA
15 h2 r1/2 Chantal Dällenbach 33 France FRA
16 h2 r1/2 Daria Nauer 30 Switzerland SUI
17 h2 r1/2 Olga Avalos-Appell 32 United States USA
18 h2 r1/2 Justine Nahimana 16 Burundi BDI
AC h1 r1/2 Kylie Risk 22 Australia AUS
AC h1 r1/2 Ursula Jeitziner 24 Switzerland SUI