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Women's 10,000 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012
Format: Final only.

Gold: ETH Tirunesh Dibaba
Silver: KEN Sally Kipyego
Bronze: KEN Vivian Cheruiyot


[Tirunesh Dibaba] (ETH) had won the 5/10K double in Beijing and was favored to repeat in this race in London. Her biggest challenger was expected to be Kenyan [Vivian Cheruiyot], the 2011 World Champion. But the race saw the Japanese threesome of [Kayoko Fukushi], [Hitomi Niiya], and [Mika Yoshikawa] forge an early 25-metre lead on the first two laps, joined by Irish runner [Fionnuala Britton]. The pack reeled them in on the fourth lap, but the three Japanese still led through nine laps. The pace was steady and the field was together for 4,000 metres. At 5,000 metres Kenyan [Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego] went to the lead and increased the pace. When she pushed the sixth kilometre in 3:00.02 the field spread out, with only Dibaba, her two Ethiopian teammates, Kipyego, Cheruiyot, and Bahrain's [Shitaye Eshete] in the lead group. At 8,000 metres the group was four, with [Werknesh Kidane] (ETH), Kipyego, Cheruiyot, and Dibaba left to contest the medals. Dibaba bided her time but with 600 metres left went to the front, and surged ahead, pulling away to defend her gold medal with almost a six-second margin. Kipyego was the only one who tried to go with her, and she would win the silver, four seconds ahead of Cheruiyot's bronze placement.

The victory made Dibaba the first woman to defend the 10K gold medal, although her cousin, [Derartu Tulu], had won the event in 1992 and 2000. One week later, Dibaba would attempt to repeat the 5/10K double, but could finish only third in the 5K. In that race, Cheruiyot would win another medal with a silver. The pace was fast enough in this race that Dibaba's 30:20.75 was the fastest time of the year and 13 of the top 14 would record either a PR or a yearly best, with Eshete setting a national record.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(A)
1 Tirunesh Dibaba 27 Ethiopia ETH Gold 30:20.75
2 Sally Kipyego 26 Kenya KEN Silver 30:26.37
3 Vivian Cheruiyot 28 Kenya KEN Bronze 30:30.44
4 Werknesh Kidane 30 Ethiopia ETH 30:39.38
5 Beleynesh Oljira 22 Ethiopia ETH 30:45.56
6 Shitaye Eshete 22 Bahrain BRN 30:47.25
7 Jo Pavey 38 Great Britain GBR 30:53.20
8 Julia Bleasdale 30 Great Britain GBR 30:55.63
9 Hitomi Niiya 24 Japan JPN 30:59.19
10 Kayoko Fukushi 30 Japan JPN 31:10.35
11 Amy Hastings-Cragg 28 United States USA 31:10.69
12 Janet Cherobon-Bawcom 33 United States USA 31:12.68
13 Lisa Uhl 24 United States USA 31:12.80
14 Sara Moreira 26 Portugal POR 31:16.44
15 Fionnuala Britton-McCormack 27 Ireland IRL 31:46.71
16 Mika Yoshikawa 27 Japan JPN 31:47.67
17 Sabrina Mockenhaupt 31 Germany GER 31:50.35
18 Nadia Ejjafini 31 Italy ITA 31:57.03
19 Olha Skrypak 21 Ukraine UKR 32:14.59
20 Eloise Wellings 29 Australia AUS 32:25.43
AC Joyce Chepkirui 23 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Yelizaveta Grechishnikova 28 Russia RUS [32:11.32] DQ