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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008
Format: Final only.

Gold: ETH Tirunesh Dibaba
Silver: USA Shalane Flanagan
Bronze: KEN Linet Masai


This was the first final for women in athletics at Beijing and went off at 2245 on the first night of competition. The heavy favorite was Ethiopia's [Tirunesh Dibaba], who had never lost a 10K race, and had won the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. The race was a final only and was held in high heat and humidity, especially considering the start time. The early lead was taken by [Lornah Kiplagat], a Kenyan-born Dutchwoman. She powered thru 5K in 15:09.98, shredding the field as only 10 remained in the lead pack at that point. Kiplagat led thru almost 7K, when she fell back, the lead taken by Turkey's [Elvan Abeylegesse], with Dibaba moving into second. With a kilometer remaining, they had 10 seconds on the chasers. Abeylegesse led to the bell, when Dibaba surged ahead and had five metres on the Turk by the final curve, when she opened up even more, winning by 15 metres. Her time of 29:54.66 made her only the second woman to run under 30 minutes, and she also pulled Abeylegesse under the barrier as well (29:56.34). American [Shalane Flanagan] moved into third place with 600 metres remaining. But because the field was so strung out, she was not certain of her place. She won the bronze medal but did not realize that until being told after the race. Dibaba returned a week later to win the 5K, becoming the first woman to win the distance double at the Olympics.

However, when samples from the Beijing Olympics were re-tested, Abeylegesse tested positive for stanozolol in March 2017, and was officially disqualified from this event in May 2017. Flanagan and Masai were advanced to medal positions in August 2017, with Flanagan receiving her silver medal on 21 August 2017.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Tirunesh Dibaba 23 Ethiopia ETH Gold 29:54.66 OR
2 Shalane Flanagan 27 United States USA Silver 30:22.22
3 Linet Masai 18 Kenya KEN Bronze 30:26.50
4 Mariya Konovalova 33 Russia RUS 30:35.84
5 Lucy Kabuu 24 Kenya KEN 30:39.96
6 Lornah Kiplagat 34 Netherlands NED 30:40.27
7 Kim Smith 26 New Zealand NZL 30:51.00
8 Kara Goucher 30 United States USA 30:55.16
9 Kayoko Fukushi 26 Japan JPN 31:01.14
10 Jo Pavey 34 Great Britain GBR 31:12.30
11 Sabrina Mockenhaupt 27 Germany GER 31:14.21
12 Ejegayehu Dibaba 26 Ethiopia ETH 31:22.18
13 Hilda Kibet 27 Netherlands NED 31:29.69
14 Zhang Yingying 18 China CHN 31:31.12
15 Yoko Shibui 29 Japan JPN 31:31.13
16 Peninah Arusei 29 Kenya KEN 31:39.87
17 Tatyana Aryasova 29 Russia RUS 31:45.57
18 Yukiko Akaba 28 Japan JPN 32:00.37
19 Bai Xue 19 China CHN 32:20.27
20 Anikó Kálovics 31 Hungary HUN 32:24.83
21 Kate Reed 25 Great Britain GBR 32:26.69
22 Nathalie De Vos 25 Belgium BEL 32:33.45
23 Preeja Sreedharan 26 India IND 32:34.64
24 Amy Yoder Begley 30 United States USA 32:38.28
25 Dulce María Rodríguez 35 Mexico MEX 32:58.04
26 Dong Xiaoqin 25 China CHN 33:03.14
27 Isabel Checa 25 Spain ESP 33:17.88
AC Asmae Leghzaoui 31 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Mestawet Tufa 21 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Elvan Abeylegesse 25 Turkey TUR [29:56.34] DQ
AC Inga Abitova 26 Russia RUS [30:37.33] DQ