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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 16, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016

Gold: KEN Vivian Cheruiyot
Silver: KEN Hellen Obiri
Bronze: ETH Almaz Ayana


Earlier in the week, Ethiopian [Almaz Ayana] had destroyed the world record in the 10,000 metres and entered this event considered the prohibitive favorite. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from Kenyan [Vivian Cheruiyot], who had taken silver in the 10K, albeit 15 seconds behind Ayana. Cheruiyot and her teammate [Hellen Obiri] planned a team race to take on Ayana in the final.

In heat two, American [Abbey D'Agostino] and New Zealander [Nikki Hamblin] tangled on the eighth lap backstretch, both falling to the track. D’Agostino, who had never before met Hamblin, turned around and went back to help her up, and they then continued running, more like hobbling, to the finish. Both were advanced to the final, although D’Agostino could not run, having torn her ACL in the fall. The video of the sportsmanship went viral on social media.

In the final Japan’s [Miyuki Uehara] took the early lead, but Ayana went to the front after four laps and then threw in a 65.8 lap at 2K, trying to break the field. She opened up three metres but Cheruiyot and Obiri slowly pulled her back in. Cheruiyot covered laps 11 and 12 in 65.2 and 64.7, distancing Ayana, who was also passed by Obiri. Cheruiyot won the gold by about 3½ seconds over Obiri, with Ayana almost 4 seconds back for the bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vivian Cheruiyot 32 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Hellen Obiri 26 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Almaz Ayana 24 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Mercy Cherono 25 Kenya KEN
5 Senbere Teferi 21 Ethiopia ETH
6 Yasemin Can 19 Turkey TUR
7 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal 26 Norway NOR
8 Susan Kuijken 30 Netherlands NED
9 Eloise Wellings 33 Australia AUS
10 Madeline Hills 29 Australia AUS
11 Shelby Houlihan 23 United States USA
12 Genevieve LaCaze 26 Australia AUS
13 Eilish McColgan 25 Great Britain GBR
14 Ababel Yeshaneh 25 Ethiopia ETH
15 Miyuki Uehara 20 Japan JPN
16 Jennifer Wenth 25 Austria AUT
17 Nikki Hamblin 28 New Zealand NZL
DNS r2/2 Abbey D'Agostino 24 United States USA
8 h2 r1/2 Stephanie Twell 26 Great Britain GBR
9 h1 r1/2 Juliet Chekwel 26 Uganda UGA
9 h2 r1/2 Misaki Onishi 31 Japan JPN
10 h1 r1/2 Laura Whittle 31 Great Britain GBR
10 h2 r1/2 Mimi Belete 28 Bahrain BRN
11 h1 r1/2 Louise Carton 22 Belgium BEL
11 h2 r1/2 Andrea Seccafien 25 Canada CAN
12 h1 r1/2 Kim Conley 30 United States USA
12 h2 r1/2 Ayuko Suzuki 24 Japan JPN
13 h1 r1/2 Jessica O'Connell 27 Canada CAN
13 h2 r1/2 Stella Chesang 19 Uganda UGA
14 h1 r1/2 Lucy Van Dalen-Oliver 27 New Zealand NZL
15 h1 r1/2 Sharon Firisua 22 Solomon Islands SOL
16 h1 r1/2 Béatrice Alice Kamuchanga 18 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
AC h2 r1/2 Bibiro Ali Taher 28 Chad CHA