The early lead was established by the Japanese trio, but the pack never let them get too far up. Kenya and Ethiopia took up the lead around the 5000m (15:32) and the race was over. 2 Kenyans versus 2 Ethiopians, and it was clear that nobody was going to be Tirunesh Dibaba. Dibaba, who won double golds in 2008 in the 5 and 10, was not selected for the 5000m race at these Olympic Games - which doesn't quite make sense as she ran a sick 5k back at the adidas Grand Prix where she dropped a 4:05 last 1500m. Whatever. Dibaba left her kick until about 450m out, when she easily went by Kenyans Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot and ran a 62 second last quarter to win handily in 30:20.
GOLD: Tirunesh Dibaba 30:20.75 SB
SILVER: Sally Kipyego 30:26.37 PB
BRONZE: Vivian Cheruiyot 30:30.44 PB
Well, at least they all ran Personal Bests. Amy Hastings was in the lead group for a while before dropping back, and ultimately the threesome ran it in together.
11. Amy Hastings 31:10.69 PB
12. Janet Bawcom 31:12.68 PB
13. Lisa Uhl 31:12.80 PB