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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Women's 5000 m

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 26, 1996  
Date Finished: July 28, 1996  
(Competitors: 46; Countries: 25; Finalists: 15)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Fearsome finisher Sonia O’Sullivan (IRL), the World Champion, and Gabriela Szabo (ROU) were the favourites, but Szabo ran poorly in her heat and was eliminated. The same fate befell Mary Slaney (USA), who had made the US team 23 years after first competing for her country. Slaney’s result was later annulled when a doping violation earlier in 1996 was confirmed. O’Sullivan set the inaugural Olympic record with 15:15.80, but the fastest in the heats was Konga who ran 15:07.01. The lead changed hands a number of times in the early stages of the final, but Konga led at 1000m (3:06.2), 2000m (6:08.9) and 3000m (9:08.02) points. O’Sullivan had held second place in the early stages, but was soon suffering in the heat (28°C) and eventually dropped out. Konga continued to lead, with only Wang able to keep in contact. The 3000m and 10,000m world record holder struck with two laps to go. Her penultimate circuit took 67.5 seconds and gave her a 30m margin. Wang eased down in the last lap, saving herself for the m.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
After three Olympics in which the women had run 3,000 metres as a shorter distance race, the event was moved up to 5,000 metres in 1996, putting them on a par with the men. The 1995 Worlds had been conducted at 5K, won by Sonia O'Sullivan, but the European Championship would not move up to 5,000 until 1998. O'Sullivan had also won the 1994 European 3K and was favored with Romania's Gabriela Szabo. Mary Decker-Slaney (USA) was back, still trying for an Olympic medal after her trauma in 1984 and failure in the 1988 final. But she would not get out of the heats. O'Sullivan did not run well in the Atlanta heat and dropped out of the final. Kenya's Pauline Konga took the lead at 1,000 and held it until two laps to go when Wang Junxia passed her in the decisive move. Wang held on to win the gold medal, Konga not really challenging her on the last lap, but Konga did get the silver medal.
 
 
        Results        
 
5000 m Women     Final 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 14.59.88     Wang Junxia China CHN 9 Jan 73  
2 15.03.49     Pauline Konga Kenya KEN 10 Apr 70  
3 15.07.52     Roberta Brunet Italy ITA 20 May 65  
4 15.09.05     Michiko Shimizu Japan JPN 22 Sep 70  
5 15.13.11     Paula Radcliffe Great Britain GBR 17 Dec 73  
6 15.14.09     Yelena Romanova Russia RUS 20 Mar 63  
7 15.16.71     Elena Fidatov Romania ROU 24 Jul 60  
8 15.17.33     Rose Cheruiyot Kenya KEN 21 Jul 76  
9 15.17.50     Lynn Jennings United States USA 1 Jul 60  
10 15.19.77     Amy Rudolph United States USA 18 Sep 73  
11 15.22.98     Sara Wedlund Sweden SWE 27 Dec 75  
12 15.28.81     Ayelech Worku Ethiopia ETH 12 Jun 79  
13 15.29.11     Anne Hare New Zealand NZL 7 Jun 64  
14 15.44.40     Anita Weyermann Switzerland SUI 8 Dec 77  
  DNF     Sonia O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 28 Nov 69  
5000 m Women     Heat 1 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 15.15.80     Sonia O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 28 Nov 69  
2 15.17.89     Elena Fidatov Romania ROU 24 Jul 60  
3 15.19.66     Lynn Jennings United States USA 1 Jul 60  
4 15.19.91     Anita Weyermann Switzerland SUI 8 Dec 77  
5 15.20.61     Sara Wedlund Sweden SWE 27 Dec 75  
6 15.22.31     Anne Hare New Zealand NZL 7 Jun 64  
7 15.37.73     Petra Wassiluk Germany GER 27 Oct 69  
8 15.40.41     Yang Siju China CHN 19 Apr 73  
9 15.41.63     Roseli Machado Brazil BRA 27 Dec 68  
10 15.49.85     Lydia Cheromei Kenya KEN 11 May 77  
11 15.50.43     Harumi Hiroyama Japan JPN 2 Sep 68  
12 15.59.42     Marisa Martínez Spain ESP 28 Dec 72  
13 16.04.29     Luchia Yisak Ethiopia ETH 8 Apr 73  
14 16.17.83     Kate Richardson Australia AUS 5 Nov 73  
15 16.24.74     Alison Wyeth Great Britain GBR 26 May 64  
16 19.17.87     Rachida Mahamane Niger NIG 25 Sep 81  
5000 m Women     Heat 2 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 15.22.58     Roberta Brunet Italy ITA 20 May 65  
2 15.23.56     Michiko Shimizu Japan JPN 22 Sep 70  
3 15.23.90     Paula Radcliffe Great Britain GBR 17 Dec 73  
4 15.24.28     Wang Junxia China CHN 9 Jan 73  
5 15.26.87     Rose Cheruiyot Kenya KEN 21 Jul 76  
6 15.28.35     Claudia Lokar Germany GER 9 Feb 64  
7 15.47.50     Kathy Butler Canada CAN 22 Oct 73  
8 15.48.35     Merima Denboba Ethiopia ETH 21 Aug 74  
9 15.56.38     Nina Christiansen Denmark DEN 7 Jun 64  
10 15.57.35     Ana Dias Portugal POR 15 Jan 74  
11 15.58.28     Stela Olteanu Romania ROU 25 Feb 72  
12 15.59.00     Jeļena Prokopčuka Latvia LAT 21 Sep 76  
13 15.59.12     Marie Davenport Ireland IRL 24 Jan 75  
14 16.06.45     Natalie Harvey Australia AUS 19 Jan 75  
  DQ     Mary Slaney        
5000 m Women     Heat 3 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 15.07.01     Pauline Konga Kenya KEN 10 Apr 70  
2 15.21.59     Ayelech Worku Ethiopia ETH 12 Jun 79  
3 15.21.90     Amy Rudolph United States USA 18 Sep 73  
4 15.23.37     Yelena Romanova Russia RUS 20 Mar 63  
5 15.33.49     Wei Li China CHN 29 Jun 72  
6 15.33.63     Silvia Sommaggio Italy ITA 20 Nov 69  
7 15.42.35     Gabriela Szabo Romania ROU 14 Nov 75  
8 15.48.63     Cristina Petite Spain ESP 10 May 72  
9 15.55.03     Zahra Ouaziz Morocco MAR 20 Dec 69  
10 15.55.66     Katy McCandless Ireland IRL 22 Jun 70  
11 15.57.67     Irina Mikitenko Kazakhstan KAZ 23 Aug 72  
12 15.58.90     Yoshiko Ichikawa Japan JPN 18 Apr 76  
13 16.01.92     Sonia McGeorge Great Britain GBR 2 Nov 64  
14 16.24.49     Robyn Meagher Canada CAN 17 Jun 67  
15 16.42.78     Martha Portobanco Nicaragua NCA 29 Jan 71  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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