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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's 5000m

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: First round (First 6 & 3 fastest to final) (Aug 7)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
The 1995 champion O’Sullivan and bronze medallist Ouaziz had dreadful runs this time, eliminated in the heats with respective times of 15:40.82 and 15:58.84, but Szabo – fourth last time – came up trumps. The race, run in 28hC heat, was perfectly set up for a prodigious kicker like the Romanian. The early pace was painfully slow (3:11.74 at 1000), and succeeding kilometres of 2:58.66 and 2:58.22 with Cheromei leading, and 3:02.21 with Radcliffe ahead did nothing to diminish Szabo’s sprinting powers. She sped through the final 200m in 29.5 for a last kilometre of 2:46.5. Brunet overtook world record holder Ribeiro (who had finished second in the 10,000m four days earlier) for the silver.
 These are the official results of the Women's 5,000 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece. There were a total number of 42 participating athletes, with two qualifying heats and the final held on Saturday 1997-08-09.
 
  5000m 9 August

Event Report Women 5000m Final

As in the 10,000m, the runners in the 5,000m set off on a modest pace, Fernanda Ribeiro leading the first kilometre in 3:11.74, the slowest of the race. Kenya’s Lydia Cheromei soon took over, and pulled the pack through a pair of sub-3:00 kilometres. Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain took over the pacemaking chores, leading through 4km in 12:10.83, with her competitors bunching behind her in preparation for a kickers’ race. Ribeiro moved first, pulling a group of four with her: Gabriela Szabo of Romania, Roberta Brunet of Italy, Radcliffe and Cheromei. With 250m left, Szabo streaked by Ribeiro and tore into the lead. Ribeiro gave chase, while Radcliffe lost ground after bumping into Cheromei. Szabo crossed the finish with a time of 14:57.68, fairly fast considering that the first km was only 3:11.74. Ribeiro, who was trying hard to answer to Szabo's kick, was left to third place as Brunet passed her in the final straight to take the silver in 14:58.29, her best this year. Radcliffe, who had been leading most of second part in the race, was 4th with a time of 15:01.74. Cheromei nearly walked over the finish line to take 5th in 15:07.88. The 6th and 7th placers both produced personal best times. Liu Jianying (China) was in 6th place with a time of 15:10.64 and Libbie Hickman (USA) 7th, 15:11.15.
  Final
1 Gabriela Szabo ROU 14 Nov 75 14.57.68
2 Roberta Brunet ITA 20 May 65 14.58.29
3 Fernanda Ribeiro POR 23 Jun 69 14.58.85
4 Paula Radcliffe GBR 17 Dec 73 15.01.74
5 Lydia Cheromei KEN 11 May 77 15.07.88
6 Liu Jianying CHN 17 Oct 70 15.10.64
7 Libbie Hickman USA 17 Feb 65 15.11.15
8 Harumi Hiroyama JPN 2 Sep 68 15.21.19
9 Wei Li CHN 29 Jun 72 15.24.04
10 Merima Denboba ETH 21 Aug 74 15.27.76
11 Kate Richardson AUS 5 Nov 73 15.27.78
12 Ayelech Worku ETH 12 Jun 79 15.28.07
13 Naoko Takahashi JPN 6 May 72 15.32.83
14 Gunhild Haugen NOR 1 Jun 72 15.37.85
15 Yuko Kawakami JPN 1 Aug 75 15.45.48

Event report women 5000m heats

The favourites, Gabriella Szabo (Romania) and Fernanda Ribeiro (Portugal), both got through to the final winning their heats easily. Szabo took the first heat in 15:26.62 and Ribeiro the second in 15:27.30. The heat affected both races as many runners appeared to be stressed by the conditions. One candidate for the final, Kristina da Fonseca-Wollheim (Germany), was forced to leave the track after 4000m. Sonia O'Sullivan (Ireland) did not qualify for the final, the only big name who failed to advance. Despite a frantic final sprint, she finished 7th in heat 2 with a time of 15:40.82. Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) was in control of heat one for most of the race but Szabo passed her in the latter part of the final lap. Fourth in heat 1 was 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Roberta Brunet (Italy) with a time of 15:29.03. Lydia Cheromei (Kenya) led the second heat until 3000m. Then Ribeiro took command and led until the end. Second in the heat was Liu Jianying (China) in her personal best time of 15:29.28, Cheromei 3rd with 15:32.00.
  Heats 7 August
  Heat 1
1 Gabriela Szabo ROM 15.26.62
2 Paula Radcliffe GBR 15.27.25
3 Harumi Hiroyama JPN 15.27.75
4 Roberta Brunet ITA 15.29.03
5 Ayelech Worku ETH 15.29.37
6 Li Wei CHN 15.29.62
7 Libbie Johnson-Hickman USA 15.30.56
8 Gunhild Halle NOR 15.32.13
9 Kate Anderson AUS 15.36.16
10 Yelena-Ebru Kopytova-Kavaklioglu RUS 15.37.19
11 Adriana Fernandez MEX 15.41.55
12 Melody Fairchild USA 15.47.66
13 Marina Bastos POR 15.54.01
14 Valerie Vaughan IRL 15.57.58
15 Zahra Ouaziz MAR 15.58.84
16 Genet Gebrgiorgis ETH 16.04.40
17 Laurence Duquenoy FRA 16.06.02
18 Justine Nahimana BUR 17.21.77
19 Nebiat Habtemariam ERI 18.26.50
20 Zalia Aliou TOG 18.34.45
21 Martha Portobanco NCA 19.08.44
- Maysa Matrood IRQ DNS
- Elana Meyer RSA DNS
  Heat 2
1 Fernanda Ribeiro POR 15.27.30
2 Jianying Liu CHN 15.29.28
3 Lydia Cheromei KEN 15.32.00
4 Merima Denboba ETH 15.32.01
5 Naoko Takahashi JPN 15.32.25
6 Yuko Kawakami JPN 15.32.71
7 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL 15.40.82
8 Stela Olteanu ROM 15.40.86
9 Olivera Jevtic YUG 15.43.76
10 Khrysostomia Iakovou GRE 15.51.14
11 Restituta Joseph TAN 15.55.22
12 Amy Rudolph USA 16.00.87
13 Una English IRL 16.07.09
14 Yelena Chelnova LAT 16.27.63
15 Helena Javornik SLO 16.28.38
- Anne Hare NZL DNF
- Kristina Da Fonseca-Wollheim GER DNF
- Carol Howe CAN DNS
- Annemari Sandell FIN DNS

Heat 1 07 AUG 1997 20:20

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Gabriela Szabo ROU ROU 14:41.12 14:42.43
2 Adriana Fernández MEX MEX 15:46.32 16:02.04
3 Laurence Duquenoy FRA FRA 15:24.03 15:24.03
4 Genet Gebregiorgis ETH ETH 16:11.66 16:11.66
5 Harumi Hiroyama-Suzuki JPN JPN 15:07.75 15:07.75
6 Zahra Ouaziz MAR MAR 14:53.77 15:20.72
7 Roberta Brunet ITA ITA 14:44.50 15:06.17
8 Gunhild Halle-Haugen NOR NOR 15:09.00 15:18.56
9 Ebru Kavaklioglu RUS RUS 15:51.60 15:51.60
10 Zalia Aliou TOG TOG    
11 Ayelech Worku ETH ETH 15:16.74 15:18.19
12 Valerie Vaughan IRL IRL 15:47.72 15:47.72
13 Paula Radcliffe GBR GBR 14:46.76 14:54.63
14 Melody Fairchild USA USA    
15 Maysa Matrood IRQ IRQ    
16 Marina Bastos POR POR 15:07.29 15:07.29
17 Martha Portoblanco NCA NCA 16:42.78  
18 Elana Meyer RSA RSA 14:44.05  
19 Li Wei CHN CHN 15:17.02 15:17.02
20 Libbie Johnson-Hickman USA USA 15:54.97  
21 Nebiat Habtemariam ERI ERI    
22 Justine Nahimana BDI BDI 17:13.92  
23 Kate Anderson-Richardson AUS AUS 15:10.78 15:10.78

Heat 2 07 AUG 1997 20:50

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Naoko Takahashi JPN JPN 15:23.64 15:23.64
2 Carol Howe CAN CAN 15:23.40 15:23.40
3 Hrisostomía Iakóvou GRE GRE 15:37.14 15:37.14
4 Merima Denboba ETH ETH 15:11.71 15:11.71
5 Annemari Sandell-Hyvärinen FIN FIN 14:56.22 15:17.37
6 Kristina da Fonseca-Wollheim GER GER 15:04.73 15:04.73
7 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL IRL 14:41.40 15:17.56
8 Yuko Kawakami JPN JPN 15:17.34 15:17.34
9 Lydia Cheromei KEN KEN 14:46.93 14:46.93
10 Jelena Prokopcuka LAT LAT 15:40.68 15:40.68
11 Anne Hare NZL NZL 15:22.31  
12 Fernanda Ribeiro POR POR 14:36.45 14:53.25
13 Stela Olteanu ROU ROU 15:24.58 15:24.58
14 Helena Javornik SLO SLO    
15 Restituta Joseph TAN TAN    
16 Amy Rudolph USA USA 14:56.04 15:03.18
17 Olivera Jevtic SCG SCG 15:34.65 15:34.65
18 Jianying Liu CHN CHN    
19 Una English IRL IRL 15:59.96 15:59.96

 

 

 

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