Olympics
List of all Olympics Women's 10 KM winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Women's 10 KM

The key to 10000 meter races is balancing of energy. The athlete has to use all his athletic attributes in harmony to perform well in the event. The 10000 meter sprint for women digs the attributes like stamina, mental and physical strength, agility and determination.

Debut
The 10000 meter race for women debuted in the Olympics at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. With the entry list of 43 competitors, two preliminary heats were and thereafter it was final. After Seoul Olympics, the event has been the part of all summer games.

Rules & Regulations
  • Two consecutive false starts get the athlete disqualified.
  • Athletes are barred from stepping on the inner line of the track.
  • Athletes are not to step outside the track when the event is on.
  • The track is made of the substance which is capable of enduring the spiked shoes.
  • International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF specifies the length and breadth of the track and lanes in the event.
  • Maximum radius of the outside lane of the track has been determined to 50 meter.
  • In case more than twelve people are participating, preliminary heat events are held. The top twelve of these events enter the next round.
  • A standard automatic timing device recognized by the IAAF is used for measuring the time.
  • Obstruction of the path of any fellow athlete is strictly prohibited. Such an action attracts instant disqualification.
  • Any runner who fails to reach the finishing line is not given any credit, even if she has run faster than the winner.
Top Performers
Women athletes winning the Gold Medal in the Olympics 10000 meter sprint are Olga Bondarenko, Deratu Tulu, Fernanda Ribiero, Derutu Tulu, and Sing Huina who won the medal in 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, and 2004 Athens respectively.

Winners of the Silver Medal in the Olympics 10000 meter race are Liz McCoglan, Elana Meyer, Wang Junxia, Gete Wemi and Ejagayehu Dibaba who won the medals in 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, and 2004 Athens respectively.

Women runners who won the Bronze Medal in the Olympics 10000 meter race are Yelena Zhupiyeva-Vyazova, Lynn Jennings, Gete Wami, Fernanda Ribeiro and Derartu Tulu who won the medals in 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, and 2004 Athens respectively.

Women's 10 KM Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1988 Olga Bondarenko
Soviet Union
Liz McColgan
Great Britain
Yelena Zhupiyeva-Vyazova
Soviet Union
1992 Derartu Tulu
Ethiopia
Elana Meyer
South Africa
Lynn Jennings
United States
1996 Fernanda Ribeiro
Portugal
Wang Junxia
China
Gete Wami
Ethiopia
2000 Derartu Tulu
Ethiopia
Gete Wami
Ethiopia
Fernanda Ribeiro
Portugal
2004 Xing Huina
China
Ejegayehu Dibaba
Ethiopia
Derartu Tulu
Ethiopia
2008 Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia
Elvan Abeylegesse
Turkey
Shalane Flanagan
United States
2012 Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia
Sally Kipyego
Kenya
Vivian Cheruiyot
Kenya
2016 Almaz Ayana
Ethiopia
Vivian Cheruiyot
Kenya
Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia