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Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: ETH Tirunesh Dibaba
Silver: TUR Elvan Abeylegesse
Bronze: ETH Meseret Defar


After winning the 10K a week before, [Tirunesh Dibaba] was looking to become the first woman to win the 5K/10K double at the Olympics. The early lead in the final was taken by Russian [Gulnara Galkina], who had already won the steeplechase gold medal. She led thru the first kilometer when Turkey’s [Elvan Abeylegesse] (a native Ethiopian), silver medalist in the 10K, took over. But the pace was pedestrian, likely due to the high temperatures, and all the contenders were still in contention. Abeylegesse pushed the pace with two laps left, but did not drop Dibaba. Dibaba took the lead at the bell and was not challenged on the final lap, winning quite easily, to acheive the first female Olympic distance double. Abeylegesse held on for the silver medal, duplicating their 10K 1-2 finish. The winning time of 15:41.40 was the slowest ever for an Olympic or World Championship final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tirunesh Dibaba 23 Ethiopia ETH Gold
2 Elvan Abeylegesse 25 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Meseret Defar 24 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Sylvia Kibet 24 Kenya KEN
5 Vivian Cheruiyot 24 Kenya KEN
6 Liliya Shobukhova 30 Russia RUS
7 Alemitu Bekele 30 Turkey TUR
8 Meselech Melkamu 23 Ethiopia ETH
9 Kara Goucher 30 United States USA
10 Shalane Flanagan 27 United States USA
11 Priscah Cherono 28 Kenya KEN
12 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina 30 Russia RUS
13 Xue Fei 18 China CHN
14 Jen Rhines 34 United States USA
15 Megan Metcalfe 26 Canada CAN
7 h1 r1/2 Yuriko Kobayashi 19 Japan JPN
8 h1 r1/2 Simret Sultan 24 Eritrea ERI
9 h1 r1/2 Olga Kravtsova 27 Belarus BLR
10 h1 r1/2 Silvia Weissteiner 29 Italy ITA
10 h2 r1/2 Kayoko Fukushi 26 Japan JPN
11 h1 r1/2 Zhang Yingying 18 China CHN
11 h2 r1/2 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli 24 Morocco MAR
12 h1 r1/2 Zakia Mrisho 32 Tanzania TAN
12 h2 r1/2 Yukiko Akaba 28 Japan JPN
13 h1 r1/2 Dolores Checa 25 Spain ESP
13 h2 r1/2 Krisztina Papp 25 Hungary HUN
14 h1 r1/2 Jéssica Augusto 26 Portugal POR
14 h2 r1/2 Francine Niyonizigiye 19 Burundi BDI
15 h1 r1/2 Lucia Chandamale 20 Malawi MAW
16 h1 r1/2 Celma Bonfim 30 Sao Tome and Principe STP
AC h2 r1/2 Yelena Zadorozhnaya 30 Russia RUS