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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Women's 10000 m

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top eight in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992
(Competitors: 48; Countries: 28; Finalists: 20)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
Both heats were won in just under 32 minutes; by Helen Kimaiyo (KEN) in 31:58.63, and Tulu with 31:55.67. McColgan, the 1991 World Champion, tried the macho approach in the final, attempting to burn off the opposition as she had done a year earlier in Tokyo. She led through halfway in 15:35.91, but five runners were still in tow. With just under four kilometres remaining Meyer took the lead, and upped the tempo from 76 per lap with a 72 second circuit. Another lap of 73.5 saw only Tulu in touch with her, and the two stayed together until just after the bell. Tulu then kicked sharply and the race was decided. Her last lap of 65.9 gained nearly six seconds on Meyer to finish in 31:06.02, a fine time in the heat of Barcelona.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In 1991 Liz McColgan had won the World Championship by going to the front early and simply breaking down the rest of the field. At Barcelona she tried the same tactic in the final, but this time the field did not go away. At the halfway point, most of the field was still in contact, and at 6,000 metres, South Africa's Elana Meyer moved to the front. She quickly opened a gap, but was then chased down by Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu. Together they had broken the field and ran together until the bell. Then Tulu pulled away and Meyer could not respond, Tulu winning by almost six seconds. American Lynn Jennings ran a huge PR to get the bronze medal, while McColgan finished in fifth place.
The gold and silver medal won by Tulu and Meyer had special sociologic implications. Tulu was a black African, while Meyer was a white South African. South African had been banned from the Olympics since 1964, because of the treatment of blacks in that nation, and Meyer's silver medal was the first for her nation since 1960. They did not know each other well. But at the finish line, Tulu waited for Meyer to trail in behind her and they then ran together, hand-in-hand, on a victory lap. David Wallechinsky has written that this "seemed to symbolize hope for a new Africa".
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 30:13.74 Norway Ingrid Kristiansen Oslo (NOR) July 5, 1986
Olympic Record 31:05.21 Soviet Union Olga Bondarenko Seoul (KOR) September 30, 1988
 
Results
10000 m Women Final 7 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 31.05.02 Derartu Tulu Ethiopia ETH 21 Mar 72
2 31.11.75 Elana Meyer South Africa RSA 10 Oct 66
3 31.19.89 Lynn Jennings United States USA 1 Jul 60
4 31.21.08 Zhong Huandi China CHN 17 Jan 68
5 31.26.11 Liz McColgan Great Britain GBR 24 May 64
6 31.28.06 Wang Xiuting China CHN 11 May 65
7 31.36.45 Uta Pippig Germany GER 7 Sep 65
8 31.38.04 Judi St. Hilaire United States USA 5 Sep 59
9 31.38.91 Hellen Kimaiyo Kenya KEN 8 Sep 68
10 31.46.49 Jill Hunter Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 66
11 31.47.38 Christien Toonstra Netherlands NED 22 Jun 66
12 31.55.06 Izumi Maki Japan JPN 10 Dec 68
13 32.03.93 Maria Albertina Dias Portugal POR 26 Apr 65
14 32.09.58 Miki Igarashi Japan JPN 22 Aug 71
15 32.14.17 Liève Slegers Belgium BEL 6 Apr 65
16 32.37.91 Rosanna Munerotto Italy ITA 3 Dec 62
17 32.53.09 Tegla Loroupe Kenya KEN 9 May 73
18 34.05.56 Tigist Moreda Ethiopia ETH 68
DNF Fernanda Marques Portugal POR 15 Apr 66
DNF Maria Conceição Ferreira Portugal POR 13 Mar 62
10000 m Women Heat 1 1 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 31.58.63 Hellen Kimaiyo Kenya KEN 8 Sep 68
2 32.04.46 Zhong Huandi China CHN 17 Jan 68
3 32.07.25 Liz McColgan Great Britain GBR 24 May 64
4 32.07.28 Uta Pippig Germany GER 7 Sep 65
5 32.07.42 Christien Toonstra Netherlands NED 22 Jun 66
6 32.07.91 Izumi Maki Japan JPN 10 Dec 68
7 32.13.99 Judi St. Hilaire United States USA 5 Sep 59
8 32.14.42 Tigist Moreda Ethiopia ETH 68
9 32.15.05 Maria Conceição Ferreira Portugal POR 13 Mar 62
10 32.17.01 Rosanna Munerotto Italy ITA 3 Dec 62
11 32.53.83 Carole Rouillard France FRA 15 Mar 60
12 33.00.66 Marcianne Mukamurenzi Rwanda RWA 11 Nov 59
13 33.13.13 Gwyn Coogan United States USA 21 Aug 65
14 33.16.96 Rosario Gangloff France FRA 23 Sep 64
15 33.22.43 Dorthe Rasmussen Denmark DEN 27 Jan 60
16 33.23.02 Lyudmila Matveyeva Soviet Union URS 1 Feb 57
17 34.29.03 Martha Tenorio Ecuador ECU 6 Aug 67
18 34.29.64 Hiromi Suzuki Japan JPN 6 Dec 68
19 34.48.21 Carmen de Oliveira Brazil BRA 17 Aug 65
20 42.02.79 Rosemary Turare Papua New Guinea PNG 6 Jun 64
DNF Anita Klapote Latvia LAT 5 Sep 67
DNF Véronique Collard Belgium BEL 9 Jun 63
DNF Päivi Tikkanen Finland FIN 19 Jan 60
DNF Olga Bondarenko Russia RUS 2 Jun 60
10000 m Women Heat 2 1 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 31.55.67 Derartu Tulu Ethiopia ETH 21 Mar 72
2 32.05.45 Elana Meyer South Africa RSA 10 Oct 66
3 32.18.06 Lynn Jennings United States USA 1 Jul 60
4 32.18.34 Jill Hunter Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 66
5 32.31.91 Wang Xiuting China CHN 11 May 65
6 32.31.95 Maria Albertina Dias Portugal POR 26 Apr 65
7 32.34.07 Tegla Loroupe Kenya KEN 9 May 73
8 32.38.15 Fernanda Marques Portugal POR 15 Apr 66
9 32.40.59 Liève Slegers Belgium BEL 6 Apr 65
10 32.45.47 Miki Igarashi Japan JPN 22 Aug 71
11 32.53.61 Sue Hobson Australia AUS 13 Mar 58
12 32.57.29 Annette Sergent-Palluy France FRA 17 Nov 62
13 33.17.86 Kerstin Preßler Germany GER 2 Feb 62
14 33.34.05 Lydia Cheromei Kenya KEN 11 May 77
15 33.42.26 Suzana Ciric Yugoslavia YUG 12 Jul 69
16 33.42.74 Maria-Luisa Servín Mexico MEX 25 Aug 62
17 33.51.06 Leslie Morton New Zealand NZL 25 Dec 63
18 33.55.93 Lisa Harvey Canada CAN 2 Jul 70
19 34.06.66 Andri Avraam Cyprus CYP 20 Jan 63
20 34.09.42 Griselda González Argentina ARG 4 Dec 65
21 34.12.16 Luchia Yisak Ethiopia ETH 8 Apr 73
22 34.29.47 Andrea Wallace Great Britain GBR 22 Nov 66
DNF Kathrin Weßel Germany GER 14 Aug 67
DNF Yelena Vyazova Ukraine UKR 18 Apr 60
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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