Saturday, August 4, 2012

Olympic Women's 10,000 Meters

Props to NBC for showing virtually the entire race!

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

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