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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Women's 5000m

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 5 & 5 fastest to final) (Aug 26)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
The standard set in the heats was the highest ever in a championship 5000m, with 15:04.00 insufficient for progress. Olga Yegorova was a shadow of her 2001 self and was eliminated from the first heat in 10th place. In the final, 3000m was reached in 9:08.88 and 12 of the 15 finalist were in touch with two laps left. Zadorozhnaya, who had also qualified for the 1500m final, took up the pace and covered the penultimate lap in 68.1. She led down the final backstraight then Domínguez slipped through on the inside with exactly 200m left. Zadorozhnaya and Masai were on the heels of the Spaniard and one felt the gold would go to one of those three, only for young Ethiopian Dibaba to glide past them all on the outside with the finish in sight. Masai briefly held second place before Domínquez responded to repeat her 2001 silver. At 18 years 90 days, Dibaba became the youngest ever individual world champion based on her Paris entry birthdate of June 1, 1985. At subsequent championships, an even later birthdate has been submitted for her: October 1, 1985. So she was apparently only 17 years 333 days old in Paris.

These are the official results of the Women's 5000 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 33 participating athletes, with two qualifying heats and the final held on Saturday 30 August 2003 at 18:35h.

Tirunesh Dibaba, at 17 years 333 days, is the youngest individual World Champion ever.
 
  5000m 30 August
  Final

Event Report Women 5000m Final

The final of the women's 500 metres proved to be very different from the heats. With fast times and many seasonal and personal bests in the heats, the final started up very slowly. Gabriela SZABO (ROM) lead the group through 1000m in 3:04.25 and 2000m in 6:09.8 (3:05.63 km).
 
Much faster pace was not seen during the next two kilometres either. The women's 5000m final proved to be a tactical duel.
 
Isabella OCHICHI (KEN), took control of the race after 2000m. At around 2700m she tried to move to increase the pace, but little happened. The only one who cleary lost contact with the pack at this stage was 1995 world champion Sonia O'SULLIVAN (IRL).
 
Ochichi reached 3000m in 9:08.88, with a 2:59.00 km. Some runners dropped off the leading pack during the next kilometre of 2:57.57, clocking 12:06.45 at 4000m, the race still lead by Ochichi.
 
Even at this slow pace no-one tried to make a move before the last lap. Even the Chinese SUN Yingjie, third in the 10000m, who commanded the pace in both the 10000m and 5000m heat, looked tired during the race and did not lead at any stage.
 
Yelena ZADOROZHNAYA (RUS) moved to the lead with 700m to go. Zadoroznaya's pace was too much for Gabreila SZABO (ROM). This was not a total surprise considering her problems earlier this season. She dropped off during last two laps.
 
With 300m remaining, the sprint was on. Sun was no threat, with 10000m World Champion Berhane ADERE (ETH) in trouble, it was Marta DOMINGUEZ (ESP) who took the lead with 200m to go.
 
The front straight saw another Ethiopian's sprint finish as surprisingly 18-year-old Tirunesh DIBABA out sprinted Kenyan favourite Edith MASAI. Dominguez, who for a moment seemed to drop back, got back ahead of Masai just before the finish line to take the silver. Dibaba, who set a world junior record of 14:39.94 earlier this season, won in 14:51.72 with Dominguez running 14:52.26 for second place. Dibaba became the youngest ever individual champion at the World Championships at the age of 18 years and 90 days.
 
Masai, usually the strongest in the sprint for home had to accept third place in 14:52.30, only 0.06 seconds ahead of Zadoroznaya (14:52.36). Elvan ABEYGELESSE (TUR) set her personal best of 14:53.56 for fifth place and Ochichi, who lead the race for a long time, was sixth in 14:54.08. Gulnara SAMITOVA (RUS), who could well be a favourite for the next world championships in Helsinki 2005, also bettered her personal best to take seventh place in 14:54.38. Samitova is the world record holder for the 3000m steeplechase and this event will be introduced in the next edition of the championships.
 
Courtney BABCOCK (CAN) set a national record at eighth (14:54.98) to finish before two 10000m medallists from these championships, Sun (9th 14:57.01) and Adere (10th 14:58.07). These two seemed to pay the price for their third distance race here and could not show their best in the final sprint. Behind Sun and Adere finished Szabo in 14:59.36. Olympic champion in Sydney and world champion from Seville in 1999 was also disappointed with her 8th place in Edmonton two years ago.
1 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 1 Oct 85 14.51.72  
2 Marta Domínguez ESP 3 Nov 75 14.52.26  
3 Edith Masai KEN 4 Apr 67 14.52.30  
4 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS 3 Dec 77 14.52.36  
5 Elvan Abeylegesse TUR 11 Sep 82 14.53.56  
6 Isabella Ochichi KEN 28 Oct 79 14.54.08  
7 Gulnara Galkina RUS 9 Jul 78 14.54.38  
8 Courtney Babcock CAN 30 Jun 72 14.54.98 NR
9 Sun Yingjie CHN 3 Oct 77 14.57.01  
10 Berhane Adere ETH 21 Jul 73 14.58.07  
11 Gabriela Szabo ROU 14 Nov 75 14.59.36  
12 Émilie Mondor CAN 29 Apr 81 15.02.36  
13 Zhour El Kamch MAR 15 Mar 73 15.16.73  
14 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL 28 Nov 69 15.29.72  
  Heats 26 August

Event Report Women 5000m Heats

The two heats of the women's 5000m were a stark contrast of approaches, the first was frenetic all the way while the second saw a gradual build up of tempo.

In heat one the initial pace was solid with the first kilometre passed in 3:00.77, the lead held by Japanese runner Kayoko FUKUSHI. Sitting on her shoulder was Chinese competitor Yingjie SUN, who ran so bravely in Saturday's 10000m. Not happy with this tempo Sun took her unusual low arm action running style to the front with a big surge at 1500m. Quickly the lap times dropped from 72 to 67 and 68 seconds.

Sun was closely followed by Marta DOMINGUEZ (ESP) and African pair Tirunesh DIBABA (ETH) and Edith MASAI (KEN). The second and third kilometres were covered in 2:55.02 and 2:54.55, to reach 3000m in 8:50.34.

At this stage Sun's pace eased slightly to around 71 seconds, still enough to ensure the first sub 15 minute heat ever at these championships.

Having done all the work Sun was a sitting duck in the final 100m as first Masai and then Dibaba streaked past her.

Masai clocked a half second personal best, 14:45.35, while Sun recorded only her second sub 15 miniute performance, 14:46.73.

Dominguez hung on to finish fourth, slicing 10 seconds off her best. Experienced Moroccan Zahra OUAZIZ, who sat back from the slick pace up front, strolled home in the last automatic qualifying spot.

Defending champion Olga YEGOROVA (RUS) was back in 10th spot in 15:12.41.

The second heat was a more sedate affair as the experienced heads of Sonia O'SULLIVAN (IRL), champ in 1995, and Gabriela SZABO (ROM), champ in 1997 and 1999, controlled things from the front for the first half of the race. They covered the first two kilometres in 6:07.38.

After six laps O'Sullivan stepped wide to allow someone else to take up the running. The pace was then set by Kenyan Isabella OCHICHI, shadowed by world leader Berhane ADERE (ETH).

With an increase in pace the pack thinned to eight. The next two kilometres were covered in 6:00.24. A number of athletes had brief spurts in the lead, with it all coming down to the last lap. Elvan ABEYLEGESSE (TUR) stole a break down the back straight. O'Sullivan and Adere were quick to move into the safety of the first three.

Abeylegesse crossed the line for her first time under 15 minutes, trailed in by O'Sullivan and Adere. The scramble for the last two automatic qualifying spots was desperate. Ochichi, Szabo and Russian Yelena ZADOROZHNAYA all crossed the line together, with the latter two tangling after the line.

Ochichi nabbed fourth, while the other two were given the same time, 14:56.70, with the Russian given the nod by the photo finish. Szabo's slick time for sixth was enough to progress on times.

In all 13 athletes went under 15 minutes with 15:01.48 required to qualify for the final.

  Heat 1
1 Edith Masai KEN 4 Apr 67 14.45.35 Q  
2 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 1 Oct 85 14.45.96 Q  
3 Sun Yingjie CHN 3 Oct 77 14.46.73 Q  
4 Marta Domínguez ESP 3 Nov 75 14.48.33 Q  
5 Zahra Ouaziz MAR 20 Dec 69 14.52.66 Q  
6 Gulnara Galkina RUS 9 Jul 78 14.58.88 q  
7 Émilie Mondor CAN 29 Apr 81 14.59.68 q  
8 Jane Wanjiku KEN 14 Jun 79 15.04.00  
9 Meseret Defar ETH 19 Nov 83 15.11.72  
10 Olga Yegorova RUS 28 Mar 72 15.12.41  
11 Kayoko Fukushi JPN 25 Mar 82 15.16.53  
12 Souad Aït Salem ALG 6 Jan 79 15.34.64  
13 Catherine Chikwakwa MAW 24 Jul 85 15.40.10  
14 Simret Sultan ERI 20 Jul 84 16.09.48 NU20R
15 Inés Melchor PER 30 Aug 86 17.17.90  
Lornah Kiplagat NED 1 May 74 DNS  
  Heat 2
1 Elvan Abeylegesse TUR 11 Sep 82 14.54.95 Q  
2 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL 28 Nov 69 14.55.50 Q  
3 Berhane Adere ETH 21 Jul 73 14.56.01 Q  
4 Isabella Ochichi KEN 28 Oct 79 14.56.63 Q  
5 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS 3 Dec 77 14.56.70 Q  
6 Gabriela Szabo ROU 14 Nov 75 14.56.70 q  
7 Zhour El Kamch MAR 15 Mar 73 15.00.61 q  
8 Courtney Babcock CAN 30 Jun 72 15.01.48 q  
9 Irina Mikitenko GER 23 Aug 72 15.06.97  
10 Restituta Joseph TAN 30 Jul 71 15.10.54  
11 Lauren Fleshman USA 26 Sep 81 15.12.71  
12 Xing Huina CHN 25 Feb 84 15.13.50  
13 Hrisostomía Iakóvou GRE 9 Apr 71 15.44.90  
14 Susanne Pumper AUT 1 Sep 70 15.53.52  
15 Dorcus Inzikuru UGA 2 Feb 82 16.00.99  
16 Lilian Argereta HON 20.17.90  
Anesie Kwizera BDI 12 Dec 86 DNS  

Heat 1 26 AUG 2003 19:05

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 656 Edith Masai KEN KEN 14:45.86 14:50.60
2 178 Yingjie Sun CHN CHN 14:40.41 15:14.65
3 294 Marta Domínguez ESP ESP 14:58.12 15:28.53
4 617 Kayoko Fukushi JPN JPN 14:55.19 15:09.02
5 320 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH ETH 14:39.94 14:39.94
6 715 Catherine Chikwakwa MAW MAW 15:41.32 15:41.32
7 152 Émilie Mondor CAN CAN 15:07.73 15:07.73
8 318 Meseret Defar ETH ETH 14:40.34 14:40.34
9 764 Lornah Kiplagat NED NED 14:56.43 14:56.43
10 820 Inés Melchor PER PER 16:53.37 16:53.37
11 954 Olga Yegorova RUS RUS 14:29.32 14:55.19
12 709 Zahra Ouaziz MAR MAR 14:32.08 14:47.45
13 279 Simret Sultan ERI ERI 16:35.38 16:56.90
14 13 Souad Aït Salem ALG ALG 15:18.76 15:18.76
15 949 Gulnara Galkina RUS RUS 15:04.58 15:04.58
16 661 Jane Wanjiku Gakunyi KEN KEN 15:05.26 15:05.26

Heat 2 26 AUG 2003 19:27

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1048 Restituta Joseph TAN TAN 15:04.73i 15:04.73i
2 316 Berhane Adere ETH ETH 14:29.32 14:29.32
3 147 Courtney Babcock CAN CAN 15:07.53 15:20.66
4 1130 Lauren Fleshman USA USA 15:15.48 15:15.48
5 78 Anesie Kwizera BDI BDI 16:16.57 16:16.57
6 53 Susanne Pumper AUT AUT 15:10.54 15:18.79
7 659 Isabella Bosibori Ochichi KEN KEN 14:52.33 14:52.33
8 958 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS RUS 14:40.47 14:51.61
9 546 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL IRL 14:41.02 15:06.19
10 179 Huina Xing CHN CHN 14:56.15 15:00.02
11 706 Zhor El Kamch MAR MAR 14:42.53 14:42.53
12 1081 Docus Inzikuru UGA UGA 15:18.01 15:54.81
13 884 Gabriela Szabo ROU ROU 14:31.48 14:41.35
14 518 Lilian Claber Argereta HON HON 21:08.0 21:08.0
15 451 Irina Mikitenko GER GER 14:42.03 14:56.64
16 480 Hrisostomía Iakóvou GRE GRE 15:15.32 15:15.32
17 1077 Elvan Abeylegesse TUR TUR 15:00.49 15:06.63
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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