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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 10,000 metres

Women's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 15 August
Competitors 29 from 18 nations
Winning time 29:54.66 OR
Gold medal    Ethiopia
Silver medal    Turkey
Bronze medal    United States
Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The women's 10,000 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 15 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1] The race was won by Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, who set a new Olympic record time of 29:54.66.[2]

The qualifying standards were 31:45.00 (A standard) and 32:20.00 (B standard).[3]

The early part of the race was dominated by Lornah Kiplagat. But in the second half of the race, the contenders moved to the front, dominated by Elvan Abeylegesse, with the string of runners lined up behind her. Abeylegesse separated herself from the rest of the field, except for Tirunesh Dibaba, who marked her every step. Midway through the last lap, Dibaba pounced with a kick Abeylegesse couldn't answer. Almost a half a minute back, Shalane Flanagan was the best of the rest for bronze, with Linet Chepkwemoi Masai setting the World junior record a few steps behind her.

At the time Dibaba and Abeylegesse ran the second and third fastest of all time (the best having occurred also in Beijing, Junxia Wang's world record in 1993). A year after this race, Meselech Melkamu edged past these two for the second best of all time.[4]


  • Records 1
  • Results 2
    • Splits 2.1
  • References 3


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Wang Junxia (CHN) 29:31.78 Beijing, China 8 September 1993
Olympic record  Derartu Tulu (ETH) 30:17.49 Sydney, Australia 30 September 2000

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time OR WR
15 August Final Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR

Both Tirunesh Dibaba and Elvan Abeylegesse completed the race in a time under the old Olympic record, recording the second and third fastest ever women's 10,000 metre times, making Dibaba the new Olympic record holder.


Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1st Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR, AR
2nd Elvan Abeylegesse Turkey 29:56.34 AR
3rd Shalane Flanagan United States 30:22.22 AR
4 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai Kenya 30:26.50 WJR, NR
5 Mariya Konovalova Russia 30:35.84 PB
6 Inga Abitova Russia 30:37.33 SB
7 Lucy Kabuu Wangui Kenya 30:39.96 PB
8 Lornah Kiplagat Netherlands 30:40.27 SB
9 Kimberley Smith New Zealand 30:51.00
10 Kara Goucher United States 30:55.16 PB
11 Kayoko Fukushi Japan 31:01.14 SB
12 Joanne Pavey Great Britain 31:12.30 PB
13 Sabrina Mockenhaupt Germany 31:14.21 PB
14 Ejegayehu Dibaba Ethiopia 31:22.18
15 Hilda Kibet Netherlands 31:29.69
16 Zhang Yingying China 31:31.12 SB
17 Yoko Shibui Japan 31:31:13
18 Penninah Arusei Kenya 31:39.87
19 Tatyana Khmeleva-Aryasova Russia 31:45.57
20 Yukiko Akaba Japan 32:00.37
21 Bai Xue China 32:20.27
22 Anikó Kálovics Hungary 32:24.83
23 Kate Reed Great Britain 32:26.69
24 Nathalie De Vos Belgium 32:33.45 SB
25 Preeja Sreedharan India 32:34.64
26 Amy Yoder Begley United States 32:38.28
27 Dulce María Rodríguez Mexico 32:58.04
28 Dong Xiaoqin China 33:03.14
29 Isabel Checa Spain 33:17.88
Mestawet Tufa Ethiopia DNF
Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco DNF
Nataliya Berkut Ukraine DNS

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place


Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
1000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 3:00.46
2000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 6:00.15
3000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 9:03.83
4000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 12:06.60
5000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 15:09.98
6000m Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 18:12.85
7000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 21:14.46
8000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 24:09.40
9000m Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 27:06.02


  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule".  
  2. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 - Results 08-15-2008 - 10 000 Metres W Final".  
  3. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008".  
  4. ^
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