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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000

Gold: ROU Gabriela Szabo
Silver: IRL Sonia O'Sullivan
Bronze: ETH Gete Wami


[Gabriela Szabo] (ROM) was the heavy favorite, having won the 1997 and 1999 World Championships, and most major invitationals in the past year. She only lost once at 5,000 since the 1996 Olympics, that coming in the 1998 European Championship when [Sonia O'Sullivan] (IRL) won that title, until two weeks before the Sydney Olympics. In early September she had been defeated by Leah Malot of Kenya, but she did not make the Kenyan Olympic team. In the final, the Ethiopians [Gete Wami] and [Ayelech Worku] set the early pace, with their third teammates, [Werknesh Kidane], took the lead at 4K. But in the penultimate lap, Szabo made her move and took the lead, and O'Sullivan moved to her shoulder. For the last 600 metres, it was a battle between these two as Szabo kept holding off O'Sullivan, finally getting a bit of daylight less than 30 metres from the line.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gabriela Szabo 24 Romania ROU Gold OR
2 Sonia O'Sullivan 30 Ireland IRL Silver
3 Gete Wami 25 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Ayelech Worku 21 Ethiopia ETH
5 Irina Mikitenko 28 Germany GER
6 Lydia Cheromei 23 Kenya KEN
7 Werknesh Kidane 18 Ethiopia ETH
8 Olga Yegorova 28 Russia RUS
9 Jeļena Čelnova-Prokopčuka 23 Latvia LAT
10 Daniela Yordanova 24 Bulgaria BUL
11 Rose Cheruiyot 24 Kenya KEN
12 Jo Pavey 26 Great Britain GBR
13 Tatyana Tomashova 25 Russia RUS
14 Vivian Cheruiyot 17 Kenya KEN
AC Olivera Jevtić 23 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
5 h2 r1/2 Susanne Pumper 30 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/2 Benita Willis-Johnson 21 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/2 Roberta Brunet 35 Italy ITA
7 h1 r1/2 Elva Dryer 28 United States USA
7 h2 r1/2 Amy Rudolph 26 United States USA
7 h3 r1/2 Yoshiko Ichikawa 24 Japan JPN
8 h1 r1/2 Rosemary Ryan 24 Ireland IRL
8 h2 r1/2 Sonja Stolić 20 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
8 h3 r1/2 Beatriz Santiago 31 Spain ESP
9 h1 r1/2 Nora Rocha 32 Mexico MEX
9 h2 r1/2 Megumi Tanaka 25 Japan JPN
9 h3 r1/2 Kate Anderson-Richardson 26 Australia AUS
10 h1 r1/2 Michiko Shimizu 29 Japan JPN
10 h2 r1/2 Marta Domínguez 24 Spain ESP
10 h3 r1/2 Inga Juodeškienė 28 Lithuania LTU
11 h1 r1/2 Dulce María Rodríguez 28 Mexico MEX
11 h2 r1/2 Khrysostomia Iakovou 29 Greece GRE
11 h3 r1/2 Anne Marie Lauck 31 United States USA
12 h1 r1/2 Yamna Belkacem 26 France FRA
12 h2 r1/2 Samukeliso Moyo 26 Zimbabwe ZIM
12 h3 r1/2 Ebru Kavaklıoğlu 30 Turkey TUR
13 h1 r1/2 Helena Javornik 34 Slovenia SLO
13 h2 r1/2 Zhor El-Kamch 27 Morocco MAR
13 h3 r1/2 Breda Dennehy-Willis 30 Ireland IRL
14 h1 r1/2 Elisa Cobañea 34 Argentina ARG
14 h2 r1/2 Anne Cross 36 Australia AUS
14 h3 r1/2 Diane Nukuri-Johnson 15 Burundi BDI
15 h1 r1/2 Nebiat Habtemariam 21 Eritrea ERI
15 h2 r1/2 Andrea Whitcombe 29 Great Britain GBR
15 h3 r1/2 Catherine Chikwakwa 15 Malawi MAW
16 h1 r1/2 Maysa Hussain Matrood 22 Iraq IRQ
16 h2 r1/2 Maggie Chan 24 Hong Kong HKG
16 h3 r1/2 Priscilla Mamba 28 Swaziland SWZ
17 h3 r1/2 Baatarkhüügiin Battsetseg 24 Mongolia MGL