Women's 5k Live Updates:

1k - The first k was not terribly quick for this stacked field. Pavey of Great Britain led the group into the beginning with a time of 3:07 to start. Dibaba and Cheriuyiut are behind her. Everyone looks like they are cruising at the moment. 

The pack is sticking together, no one has really made a huge move. The pace has stayed pretty slow. 3k mark is coming up and it's looking like it will come down to a really hard kick. Pavey has taken the lead again with the Americans in the mix and running together. Bleasedale of Great Britain has moved up as well along with the Kenyans. 

With 4 laps to go, Dibaba, the 10k Champion took the lead and the Kenyans and Ethiopians follow her to the lead group. With two laps to go Dibaba and her Ethiopian teammate Defar have picked up the pace to 68 second quarters.

1 lap to go!! It's an East African race with the three fastest women of all time up front!! The final homestretch was one of the most exciting 5k finishes ever as Defar, Dibaba, and Cheriuyot battled for the medal positions. Dibaba, the reigning Olympic Champion just didn't have the kick today as her Ethiopian teammate Defar, the former Olympic Champion came back and blew past her for the gold medal in 15:04.25 to end a very tactical final. Cheriuyot of Kenya also had a strong kick as she passed Dibaba as well and won the silver. Dibaba came through the line with the bronze after leading the final third of the race. 



Tirunesh Dibaba - reigning Olympic Champion



Huddle Shows No Fear, Leads Field Until the End
1 1702 Gelete Burka ETH 15:01.44 Q .
2 2327 Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot KEN 15:01.54 Q .
3 2336 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego KEN 15:01.87 Q .
4 1849 Julia Bleasdale GBR 15:02.00 Q (PB)
5 3297 Molly Huddle USA 15:02.26 Q (SB)
6 2881 Yelena Nagovitsyna RUS 15:02.80 (PB)
7 1871 Joanne Pavey GBR 15:02.84 (SB)
8 1258 Shitaye Eshete BRN 15:05.48 (PB)
9 2159 Elena Romagnolo ITA 15:06.38 (PB)
10 2257 Hitomi Niiya JPN 15:10.20 (PB)
11 1142 Almensh Belete BEL 15:10.24 (SB)
12 3279 Kim Conley USA 15:14.48 (PB)
13 2263 Mika Yoshikawa JPN 15:16.77 (PB)
14 2151 Nadia Ejjafini ITA 15:24.70 .
15 1315 Sheila Reid CAN 15:27.41 .
16 3017 Zakia Mrisho TAN 15:39.58 .
17 1097 Layes Abdullayeva AZE 15:45.69 .
18 2761 Roxana Elisabeta Birca ROU 16:01.04
Culley Runs PR and Autos For next round 
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 1706 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 14:58.48 Q .
2 1703 Meseret Defar ETH 14:58.70 Q .
3 2333 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot KEN 14:59.31 Q .
4 2859 Olga Golovkina RUS 15:05.26 Q (PB)
5 3281 Julie Culley USA 15:05.38 Q (PB)
6 1256 Tejitu Daba BRN 15:05.59 (PB)
7 2164 Silvia Weissteiner ITA 15:06.81 (SB)
8 2250 Kayoko Fukushi JPN 15:09.31 (SB)
9 1870 Barbara Parker GBR 15:12.81 (PB)
10 2100 Fionnuala Britton IRL 15:12.97 (PB)
11 3168 Lyudmyla Kovalenko UKR 15:18.60 .
12 1654 Judith Plá ESP 15:20.39 (PB)
13 2602 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal NOR 15:24.86 (PB)
14 3089 Dudu Karakaya TUR 15:28.32 .
15 1084 Eloise Wellings AUS 15:35.53 .
16 2510 Sandra López MEX 15:55.16 .
. 2475 Nadia Noujani MAR DNF .
. 2729 Sara Moreira POR

Round 1 Start Lists:
Heat 1
Tuesday 07 August 2012 - 10:55
Order Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
1 2510 Sandra López  MEX 15:37.00 15:28.71
2 2250 Kayoko Fukushi  JPN 15:18.46 14:53.22
3 2333 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot  KEN 14:39.53 14:34.86
4 2602 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal  NOR 15:28.32 15:25.40
5 2100 Fionnuala Britton  IRL 15:15.69 15:15.69
6 2859 Olga Golovkina  RUS 15:11.20 15:11.20
7 1870 Barbara Parker  GBR 15:14.26 15:14.26
8 1256 Tejitu Daba  BRN 15:48.37 15:14.62
9 2475 Nadia Noujani  MAR 15:16.50 15:16.50
10 1703 Meseret Defar  ETH 14:35.65 14:12.88
11 1084 Eloise Wellings  AUS 15:20.28 14:54.11
12 3281 Julie Culley  USA 15:13.77 15:13.77
13 2729 Sara Moreira  POR 15:08.33 14:54.71
14 1706 Tirunesh Dibaba  ETH 14:50.80 14:11.15
15 1654 Judith Plá  ESP 15:27.62 15:20.87
16 3168 Lyudmyla Kovalenko  UKR 15:10.28 15:10.28
17 2164 Silvia Weissteiner  ITA 15:18.04 15:02.65
18 3089 Dudu Karakaya  TUR 15:20.00 15:20.00
 
Heat 2
Tuesday 07 August 2012 - 11:19
Order Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
1 1702 Gelete Burka  ETH 14:41.43 14:31.20
2 1849 Julia Bleasdale  GBR 15:10.06 15:10.06
3 2257 Hitomi Niiya  JPN 15:17.92 15:13.12
4 3297 Molly Huddle  USA 15:14.40 14:44.76
5 3279 Kim Conley  USA 15:19.79 15:19.79
6 2327 Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot  KEN 14:35.62 14:20.87
7 2881 Yelena Nagovitsyna  RUS 15:13.77 15:13.77
8 1871 Joanne Pavey  GBR 15:09.53 14:39.96
9 2159 Elena Romagnolo  ITA 15:19.78 15:13.19
10 2761 Roxana Elisabeta Birca  ROU 15:13.40 15:13.40
11 2151 Nadia Ejjafini  ITA 15:16.54 15:16.54
12 1258 Shitaye Eshete  BRN 15:14.49 15:14.49
13 1097 Layes Abdullayeva  AZE 15:33.88 15:29.47
14 3017 Zakia Mrisho  TAN   14:43.87
15 2263 Mika Yoshikawa  JPN 15:33.48 15:28.44
16 1142 Almensh Belete  BEL 15:22.15 15:03.63
17 2336 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego  KEN 14:43.11 14:30.42
18 1315 Sheila Reid  CAN 15:23.64 15:23.64




last updated: July 21st at 6:05pm CT


Women's 5000 Quick Hits
2012 London Olympic Games


5,000 Meter Schedule:
Day 5, Aug 7th - Round 1 (4:55pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 8, Aug 10th - Finals (2:05pm CT)

5,000 Meter Records:
World Record - 14:11.15 - Tirunesh Dibaba 6/6/2008
Olympic Record - 14:40.79 - Gabriela Szabo (Romania) 9/25/2000
American Record - 14:44.76 - Molly Huddle 8/27/2010

The Favorites: (personal best/season best)
1. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, Kenya (14:20.87/14:35.62) - 2011 World Champion, fifth place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games
2. Meseret Defar, Ethiopia (14:12.88/14:35.65) - Bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships, bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games & 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
3.Tirunesh Dibaba, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist

The Americans:
1. Julie Culley (15:13.77/15:13.77) - Semi-finalist at 2009 World Championships
2. Molly Huddle (14:44.76/15:14.40) - Semi-finalist at 2011 World Championships
3. Kim Conley (15:19.79/15:19.79) - First Olympic Games

Past 5,000m Olympic Results: (from wiki)