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2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 10,000 metres

Events at the
2009 World Championships
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110 m hurdles men
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men women
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The women's 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 15 August. The Ethiopian team was particularly strong in the event, with two-time World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba, 5000 metres World Champion Meseret Defar, and African record holder Meselech Melkamu all vying for first place. The 2007 silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse, Olympic bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan, and the World Cross Country Champion Florence Kiplagat were other athletes with strong medal possibilities.[1]

The race featured a number of surprises and upsets, beginning with the withdrawal of the defending champion Dibaba due to a leg injury.[2] With seven laps to go, the 2007 medallist Abeylegesse dropped out of the race and a quintet of runners (Linet Masai, Melkamu, Defar, Wude Ayalew and Grace Momanyi) broke away from the rest of the pack. As the runners approached the finish line, favourites Defar and Melkamu sprinted in front. However, neither could maintain their speed and Melkamu prematurely celebrated victory, only to see Masai take the gold medal with a tactically-timed run. Defar, completely exhausted, eventually finished in fifth as Ayalew and Momanyi took third and fourth, respectively.[3]

Breaking a decade of Ethiopian dominance, nineteen-year-old Masai's gold medal was the first Kenyan victory in the event since the 1997 World Championships, and the country's first 10,000 m medal since 1999.[4]


  • Medalists 1
  • Records 2
  • Qualification standards 3
  • Schedule 4
  • Results 5
    • Splits 5.1
  • References 6


Gold Silver Bronze
Linet Masai
Meselech Melkamu
Wude Ayalew


World record  Wang Junxia (CHN) 29:31.78 Beijing, China 8 September 1993
Championship record  Berhane Adere (ETH) 30:04.18 Paris, France 23 August 2003
World Leading  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 29:53.80 Utrecht, Netherlands 14 June 2009
African record  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 29:53.80 Utrecht, Netherlands 14 June 2009
Asian record  Wang Junxia (CHN) 29:31.78 Beijing, China 8 September 1993
North American record  Shalane Flanagan (USA) 30:22.22 Beijing, China 15 August 2008
South American record  Carmen Oliveira (BRA) 31:47.76 Stuttgart, Germany 21 August 1993
European record  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 29:56.34 Beijing, China 15 August 2008
Oceanian record  Kimberley Smith (NZL) 30:35.54 Palo Alto, United States 4 May 2008

Qualification standards

A time B time
31:45.00 32:20.00


Date Time Round
August 15, 2009 19:25 Final


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st Linet Masai  Kenya 30:51.24 SB
2nd Meselech Melkamu  Ethiopia 30:51.34
3rd Wude Ayalew  Ethiopia 30:51.95
4 Grace Momanyi  Kenya 30:52.25 PB
5 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 30:52.37
6 Amy Yoder Begley  United States 31:13.78 PB
7 Yurika Nakamura  Japan 31:14.39 PB
8 Kimberley Smith  New Zealand 31:21.42 SB
9 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan 31:23.49 SB
10 Inês Monteiro  Portugal 31:25.67 PB
11 Mariya Konovalova  Russia 31:26.94
12 Florence Jebet Kiplagat  Kenya 31:30.85
13 Ana Dulce Félix  Portugal 31:30.90 PB
14 Shalane Flanagan  United States 31:32.19
15 Kseniya Agafonova  Russia 31:43.14
16 Ana Dias  Portugal 31:49.91
17 Katie McGregor  United States 32:18.49
18 Zhang Yingying  China 32:33.63 SB
19 Liliya Shobukhova  Russia 32:42.36
20 Yukari Sahaku  Japan 33:41.17
Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey DNF
Olivera Jevtic  Serbia DNS

Key: PB = Personal best, SB = Seasonal best


Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
1000m Yurika Nakamura  Japan 3:08.85
2000m Mariya Konovalova  Russia 6:17.01
3000m Liliya Shobukhova  Russia 9:24.89
4000m Mariya Konovalova  Russia 12:35.29
5000m Mariya Konovalova  Russia 15:45.19
6000m Mariya Konovalova  Russia 18:55.45
7000m Linet Chepkwemoi Masai  Kenya 22:04.20
8000m Linet Chepkwemoi Masai  Kenya 25:00.18
9000m Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 27:58.29


  • 10,000 metres results from IAAF. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
  1. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Women's 10,000m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ No title defence for injured Dibaba. Press Association (2009-08-15). Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
  3. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-15). Berlin 2009 - Day 1 WRAP - 15 Aug. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15. Archived 2009-09-08.
  4. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-15). Event Report - Women's 10,000m - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15. Archived 2009-09-08.
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